Storytelling! Why Why Do I Put As Much Energy Into Performing To An Audience of Two As To An Audience Of Two Hundred?

A week ago (23rd May, 2019) I performed the opening of my one-man storytelling show in Leamington Spa. The event wasn’t meant to have happened so quickly and I was lucky that I had a ready made outline of a story.
But, when I realised that no one had bought tickets and with a few days to go had no idea if anyone would pay at the door, I was left with a choice.

  1. To send out a message that the evening had been cancelled.

  2. Go ahead with the evening, advertise it as a one-man storytelling show and see what happens.

    I decided on the second option and turned up with my slides, my props and my story determined to put on a show whether anyone turned up or not.

    You never know who is in the audience even an audience of two. This performance was to a social media expert and a photographer. I played a one hour, one-man show and put my heart and soul into it.
    As it turns out the next event looks like being a sell out because they know people and they know people who are storytellers, authors and story lovers.

    1. What if I had called off?

    2. What if I had sold them short. Would this performance have been my last?

      Make the audience go home remembering you. For all the right reasons.
      If you are a storyteller, an author, a poet or a story lover our next event is on Thursday 20th, June at Temperance Cafe, 33 Bath Street, Leamington Spa. CV31 3AF.
      7 pm.
      £3 at the door with donations going to Hibbs Lupus Trust, this month.

StoryTelling Corner 28th March: Traveller's Tales and New Faces

One of the most entertaining ways to spend an evening at Temperance Cafe, Leamington Spa, if you are a storyteller or a story lover to be emotionally transported by compelling tales which ignites pictures of action, moving people and creating dreams.

What begins as a desire to write stories, or read stories, becomes an opportunity to perform those stories in front of a live audience. And, on the 28th March, StoryTelling Corner is being visited by our guest storyteller, the Traveller: Faye Kankowski. Faye is travelling down from Newcastle to perform her unique blend of tales and action-pact delivery.
Our new face belongs to local writer Rosie Kelly:
I currently live in Leamington but I will soon be moving up to Manchester to begin a Creative Writing MA. I am a regular at Temperance where I sit and write and read and eat cake (I am currently almost finished with the English Literature and Creative Writing BA at Warwick). I heard about Storytelling Corner directly from Adrian after attending one of their poetry events and really enjoying it. 

The story I would like to read is about a man I observed in another lovely cafe, this one in London near where my partner used to live. I love people watching, so I decided to fictionalise one of the many people I used to secretly stare at. 

Lindsay Woodward, Berni Albrighton, Dawn Bolton and Robert Ferguson have appeared on stage in the past and have kindly agreed to come back to delight us again with their stories and professional delivery.

Our Charity of Choice is: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Leamington Spa. (All our door takings go to the charity) and we have to thank our sponsors:
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