The Storytelling Club

A storytelling event held on the last Wednesday of every month at the critically acclaimed Old Police Station Bar and Restaurant on Harrogate Road in Leeds. Its aim is to introduce new audiences to storytelling as a living, vibrant artform in an informal setting where anyone can try their hand at telling.

The philosophy of the events is one of collaboration, where heckling and participation are encouraged as storytelling is a communal art form where the teller and audience work together to suspend their disbelief, for a brief while, to enjoy being immersed in a world of fantasy.

As well as telling traditional tales from around the globe in my performances, I blend, bend, steal and invent stories to blur the lines between reality and fantasy, creating an urban gothic world of where giant eagles roost on tower blocks, goblins emerge from the sewers at night and ancient, unholy horrors lurk in the attic. These stories inject a sense of wonder and mystery into the mundane, help us to appreciate the magical aspects of the world around us (aren't rainbows brilliant!) and allow us to inhabit our own mythic landscapes.

Some of our past events

Beowulf - Wed 30th November 2005
This month, as the nights draw in, we bring you one of the greatest tales that this green and pleasant land has ever produced. The epic characters and events of Beowulf's heroic life are brought alive in this classic Old English adventure story. High octane action and bone chilling horror guaranteed.

Things That Go Bump In The Night - Wed 26th October 2005
Of course it's Samhain (Halloween) on the 31st, so in celebration we'll be telling all manner of macabre tales of blood curdling horror and bone chilling mystery. Concessions for Halloween costumes!

Shiver Me Timbers - Wed 28th September 2005
This month, in celebration of International Talk Like A Pirate Day on Sept 19th, we present 'Shiver Me Timbers', a raucous collection of ripping yarns and tales of high adventure from across the seven seas. Guest performers: David Newall.

As You Like It - Wed 31st August 2005
This month we present As You Like It; a random assortment of tales from the four corners of time and space. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to decide what elements they want including in one or two of the stories to test the teller's improvisational prowess! Guest performers: Miram Scott and David Newall.

The Island of the Mighty - Wed 27 th July 2005
This month, we present 'The Island of the Mighty' a collection rich and rousing stories from Britain 's Celtic past. Guest performers: Miram Scott.

Crime and Punishment - Wed 29th June 2005
This month, in recognition of The Old Police Station's former function, we present 'Crime and Punishment' - a collection of stories about dastardly criminals, unspeakable crimes and swift, brutal justice; some traditional, some modern and some written by the performers. Guest performers: Miram Scott and David Newall.

Sex, Lies and Serial Killers - Wed 25th May 2005
An entertaining mixture of grisly, saucy and down right ludicrous tales, some traditional, some modern and some written by the performers. This first event offers a range of stories and performance styles that has a little bit of something for everyone. Guest performers: Brian Higginson and Kate Gilbert.

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