***BSL INTERPRETED EVENT***
Hello everyone! We have a really special edition of Story Slam coming up in September. In conjunction with 'Doing Things Differently', our event will be interpreted entirely into British Sign Language!
We will have two interpeters working throughout the event to interpret peoples spoken stories into British Sign Language as well as vocalising stories that are performed in BSL.
It's one of our main missions at Story Slam to get to experience stories from people and communities that we don't usually hear from and we see this as an incredible oppurtunity for this to happen.
So come join us in September to hear people's amazing true stories, told live on stage.
All stories are told by volunteers from the audience. Put you name in the hat for a chance to tell your story, or just enjoy everyone else's.
This months theme shall be Passion... Stories of love and lust, goals and struggles, desire and obsession. That time you became completely consumed by something or that time you saw red. What makes your heart speed? What are you passionate about? We want to hear your stories about that strong and barely controllable emotion, passion.
The Story Slam is held on the third Sunday every month and starts at 2PM. Doors open at 1.30PM.
We are a Pay What You Want event, with a suggested contribution of £4, but this is totally not mandatory! It can be more or less than this or nothing at all. We'd way rather have you here sharing stories than at home crying about capitalism.
'Doing Things Differently' is a weekend happening over 16th - 18th September 2016 and it's aim is to raise the profile, educate and celebrate diversity in its widest sense, across the arts sector. You can read more about the 'Doing Things Differently' weekend on their webiste. http://www.doingthingsdifferently.org.uk/
HOW IT WORKS
Our events tend to fill up early, so we open the box office to start stamping people's hands for entrance from 1.15.
1:30: DOORS OPEN
Doors open and everyone is let into the theatre. If you would like to tell a story on stage, put your name in the hat! If not, just take a seat and enjoy everyone elses.
2pm - 4.30pm : STORYTIME
We pull names from the hat at random, and whoever’s name is pulled tells us a 5 minute story from their life! We laugh, we cry, we drink, we have another one! (20 minute interval at some point in the middle of all of this).
After the slam people tend to hang around at the bar, have a drink, and chat about the stories they didn't have a chance to tell on stage. Our venue is attached to the amazing and affordable Old Market assembly, which is the perfect place for a pint or Sunday lunch!
The stories have to follow a few rules:
1. They must be *stories*! No rants, standup routines or monologues. We want a beginning, middle and end, and some change and conflict to occur.
2. They must be told in 5 minutes.
3. They have to be true (that time that you and Kylo Ren went on a whirlwind adventure and loved and learned and cried? Not going to cut it.)
4. They need to be genuinely 1st person. You should be a major player in the story and we want to hear your perspective.
5. Preferably no notes. This is about the good ol’ fashioned art of storytelling. Tell it to us like we're round a campfire, or at a sleep over. (However you may use them feel this would be a significant barrier to sharing your story)
The rules are just there to make sure we get to hear as many awesome stories as possible. They’re not meant to be restricting, so if you’re unsure about anything just drop us a message or ask on the day.
CRAFT TABLE AND CONTENT WARNINGS
In the interest of making the story slam a safer and more comfortable place, we give people the option of putting content warnings before their stories. We read them out before each story and give people a chance to leave the room. If you do want to leave the main room at any time, we have a craft out table fully stocked with craft materials and usually some friendly volunteers too :D
STEP FREE ACCESS
The venue has full step free access to the theatre and the stage. However, if you need to use it please let us know (via Facebook message) beforehand as we need a member of staff to open side doors etc. Also please feel free to message us if you have any questions surrounding that (or anything else!)
You can also check out our photo album for details on the step free access: https://www.facebook.com/SpeakEasyStorySlam/photos/?tab=album&album_id=583482968483519