True Storytelling Workshops & Shows for Festivals

"You are definitely onto something here. This was one hell of an evening. Like really properly captivating stories that enthralled, moved, tickled, challenged and above all entertained. Such a brilliant event" - Jamie Gosney

Who Are We?
Natural Born Storytellers provide fun, supportive and welcoming spaces for anyone to tell true stories from their own lives. I founded NBS in 2013 because I believe that everyone has a story to tell and wanted to provide them a stage to do so. Our friendly live shows are theme-based and anyone from the audience is encouraged to come and tell stories alongside pre-booked and professional storytellers. 

We’ve grown from a small room above a pub in Camden Town to sold-out theatre shows; gone on the road to all kinds of festivals: literary; ‘Archway With Words’, music; ‘Shambala’, comedy; ‘Cardiff Comedy Festival’ and community-based arts festivals: Burning Nest, Nowhere and AfrikaBurn. We also run true storytelling workshops in people’s homes, businesses, schools and festivals. 

What can Natural Born Storytellers Bring to your Festival?

"Epic story! Stumbling into here was one of my favourite parts of Shambala! 
Wish I'd been able to hear more stories" - Oscar Duignan

Live Shows
Our shows are friendly, open, intimate and honest and the stories moving, life-affirming, shocking, captivating or just plain hilarious. We’re different to a comedy show where the expectation is laughter... here laughter comes, but it's a part of a whole breadth of other emotions and reactions to the stories and it makes for rich and fulfilling festival entertainment. 

We hand-pick our favourite storytellers from our regular events to tell stories during the festival, can accommodate varying levels of audience involvement and we choose from a wealth of previous topics or pick a new one to match the ethos or theme of your festival. The show can run anywhere between 60 and 180 mins.  

Some examples of stories can be found at 

True Storytelling Workshops
Our experiential workshops develop storytelling skills through sharing, performance and feedback which empower people to turn their life experiences into captivating true stories. Working with memory, structure and other storytelling techniques in small groups, we share stories, play games and elicit tales with lots of feedback and support. Everyone leaves having created and performed their story. Festival workshops range from 60 minutes upwards.

If you would like Natural Born Storytellers at your festival, please get in touch with Michael Kossew or 07596 817555