True Stories Live: Beginnings

Sunday 11th February 2018
7:30 PM

Pay What You Can Afford (includes admin fee)


Norwich Arts Centre

Molly Naylor, LJ Hope Productions, Norwich Arts Centre present
True Stories Live




Doors open 6.30pm | 7.30pm start


True Stories Live is a lively, moving and unpredictable event where people tell true stories about their lives in front of a warm, supportive audience. There is no audition process or strict set of criteria – you just have to have a story to tell, based loosely on the set theme. Our speakers come from a wide range of different backgrounds. If you perform regularly in another context, you’re welcome. If you haven’t been on a stage since that incident in primary school, you are also very welcome. And if sharing your story isn’t for you, come down and join our fast-growing audience. We recommend you buy tickets in advance as the event usually sells out on the night. Regular events are priced on a ‘pay what you can afford’ basis, because we don’t want money to be a barrier to people enjoying this event. In these uncertain times we believe more than ever in the power of community and empathy to galvanise and inspire.


If you are interested in speaking at one of our events, please send a short synopsis to Stories need to be under ten minutes, should be true and about you. At each event we set a theme, which can be interpreted in any way that works for you.

TSL’s home is at Norwich Arts Centre. We also take TSL on tour to other towns, cities and festivals.



Download True Stories Live Guidelines

True Stories Live Guidelines for Regular and Touring Events

Intimate, interesting, anecdotal storytelling by non- performers and performers in a welcoming and intimate setting.

Thank you for expressing an interest in taking part in a True Stories Live (TSL) event. To help all of us make the most of this occasion here are some guidelines for you to bear in mind when preparing to present your story together with information about what may happen to you story once it is told and agreements about its future use:
• Your story must be true and personal to you … ie Not – my friend told me…..
• You should be prepared to deliver it to a friendly and supportive audience without notes.
• Each True Stories event will have a theme. The theme is for inspiration and can be interpreted in your own way.
• Your story needs to follow a narrative arc – it should have a beginning a middle and an end.
• The telling should normally take between 5 and 10 minutes. An ideal length is 7 minutes. We will expect your story to be completed within 10 minutes and will encourage you with visual prompts to wind up within that time.
• Please note that our evenings are curated and that we seek to offer our audiences a balance of stories and experiences. We cannot therefore guarantee a speaking slot to everyone who submits a story summary for a regular event or a tour event. If this happens – don’t worry – keep trying – that story or another one may be suitable on another occasion.
• TSL actively promotes diversity and as a consequence no story will be selected that promotes discrimination, harassment or victimisation on grounds of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, nationality, race, religious belief (or no belief), sexual orientation socio-economic class or trans and whether such an identity is actual or perceived or whether this is by association with persons from any of these equality strands. We state this to be clear as these are values that we hold dear.
• For our regular events at Norwich Arts Centre: Please submit a summary of the whole story to as soon as you can and preferably at least 7 days before the date of the event. (A few sentences will be sufficient). You will be told as soon as possible before the event whether your story has been chosen. Some events may involve entries being drawn from a hat on the night. The event publicity will make it clear if that will be the case.
• On the day of the event you will have a chance to do a run through of your story in the venue if you request that and we ask all storytellers try to be available a little before doors open for a sound check.
• Performances may be recorded in any media. By entering your story and telling it you agree to any such recording taking place and to the reproduction and adaptation of it for any purpose. In particular, stories told at TSL events may be included in podcasts and broadcast on radio. In order to comply with relevant broadcast legislation and guidelines, stories may need to be edited for this purpose. We reserve the right to not include any story in any podcast or broadcast.
• You also agree to your name and likeness being used for reasonable promotional purposes including use on social media platforms.


True Stories Live website

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Norfolk County Council

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