Shambala 'Festival Stories' & 'Getting Away with it'
Aug
24
to Aug 27

Shambala 'Festival Stories' & 'Getting Away with it'

Stories are meant to be shared!

Created by Michael Kossew, Natural Born Storytellers has been bringing smiles to the people of Shambala for 4 years by telling true stories from our own lives.

Our true-life storytellers and spoken word artists come from all walks of life and experiences creating a friendly, open, intimate and honest atmosphere. Our stories are moving, life-affirming, shocking, captivating or just plain hilarious and drawn from life experiences of our tellers and (sometimes) audience members.

This year we have a collection of short stories told by our collective along with any that the people of Shambala 2017 wish to add on the themes of  ‘Festivals’ and ‘Getting Away with it’.

'Festival Stories'
Thursday 8pm, Imaginarium


'Getting Away with it'
Sunday, 6:30pm, Imaginarium

“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”

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Natural Born Storytellers 'Blast from the Past'
Jan
18
7:45pm 7:45pm

Natural Born Storytellers 'Blast from the Past'

A long lost lover, a treasured memory or an old photograph. Can you ever escape your past? Sharing stories of yesteryear, of days gone by and the effects it has on you now. A surprising visit, a buried fear or an old explosion. Surprise, intrigue, triumph, adventure, mystery and suspense. Tonight we're listening to your true tales of how your past has caught up with you. 

Our shows are friendly, open, intimate and honest and the stories moving, life-affirming, shocking, captivating or just plain hilarious. It's 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 a rich, fulfilling evening's entertainment.

Come on down and experience one of the friendliest and most memorable nights London has to offer. We'd love you to get involved, whether it's telling a story, suggesting a new theme or just coming down to watch the night, there is something for everyone at Natural Born Storytellers.

“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” Audience member

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Natural Born Storytellers 'Festivals'
Jul
26
7:45pm 7:45pm

Natural Born Storytellers 'Festivals'

Summer is here and it’s festival season. Whether it’s dancing at the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, running with the Bulls in Pamplona, cocktails at the Mardis Gras, bathing in the Ganges at the Kumbh Melha  or sitting in a cold, wet tent wishing you were in your own bed, festivals mean completely different things to different people. Tonight is a celebration of all things festival. We’re going to hear our best stories set at festivals from around the world. We could have met the love our life, had the worst night of our life, went on our biggest adventure or got stuck in the mud. Come on, join in, head out and listen to our favourite festival stories

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Natural Born Storytellers 'X-Rated'
Jul
20
7:45pm 7:45pm

Natural Born Storytellers 'X-Rated'

Some stories were never meant to be shared. Until now! Stories that would normally be controversial or too extreme, ones that you definitely wouldn’t want your children and your grandchildren to hear about. They could deal with adult themes, drug addictions, sex, mental health, violence, breaking the law or 10 in Roman Numerals. Tonight we’ll be sharing our X-Rated stories with the friendliest crowd in London. So if you have a story you’d like to share, or would just love to find out what X-Rated means to our storytellers, this is your only chance to peek inside.  

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Natural Born Storytellers 'Out of my Depth'
Jun
28
7:45pm 7:45pm

Natural Born Storytellers 'Out of my Depth'

“Uh oh!”

Did someone jump in at the deep end without testing the water first? We all find ourselves out of our depth for so many reasons. What did we do to get there? Why do we keep putting ourselves in these kinds of situations? I wish I’d planned it all better! Sometimes we just don’t know when we will be completely out of our depth, but we always know there’ll be a great story at the end of it. Tonight is a celebration of these stories. The times we knew we’d either sink or swim, pushed to our limits and the lengths we go to to survive.

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Natural Born Storytellers 'Trapped'
Jun
15
7:45pm 7:45pm

Natural Born Storytellers 'Trapped'

Stories of adventure and escape! Some things are hard to get away from. Maybe we were locked in a room, stuck outside our house, caught in a web of lies or got involved in a situation we couldn’t get out of. We could feel fenced in, caught out, trodden over or simply misunderstood. Maybe we trapped an animal or rescued someone from prison? Don’t feel trapped... come out tonight and listen to people telling true stories from their own lives about what ‘trapped’ means to them. 

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Advanced True-Life Storytelling Workshop: 'Structuring & Telling Your Story'
Jun
5
12:30pm12:30pm

Advanced True-Life Storytelling Workshop: 'Structuring & Telling Your Story'

Working with intentions, structure, introducing characters, descriptions, stakes, obstacles, openings and endings we will work together in small groups where you will connect with others and share experiences with lots of feedback and support. You will learn and practice practical techniques to transform experiences and anecdotes into stories that draw in your listeners. 

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Natural Born Storytellers 'My First Day'
May
31
7:45pm 7:45pm

Natural Born Storytellers 'My First Day'

Do you remember your first day? At school, at uni or your first day at work? Maybe you have a story about your first day in a foreign country, as a policeman, stripper, drug smuggler, babysitter, parent or the first day you were ever cold. As it's our first event at The Miller, we thought we'd get together and share stories about our most memorable first days! 

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Natural Born Storytellers 'Pivotal Moments'
May
18
7:45pm 7:45pm

Natural Born Storytellers 'Pivotal Moments'

Life can turn on the spin of a sixpence and great stories hinge on pivotal moments. Tonight is a celebration of these moments, the times in our lives when events could have unravelled any other way, but unfolded as they were meant to be. We could have been waiting for a decision from ourselves or someone important to us, maybe an answer to a question, an intervention or a lightning-quick reaction to something we barely noticed. A decisive goal, a particular train or a fateful decision that leads you down a certain path. Whatever your pivotal moment we are sure there is a great story that surrounds it and tonight we’ll be sharing these true stories

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True-Life Storytelling Workshop 'Creating & Telling a Captivating Story'
Apr
24
12:30pm12:30pm

True-Life Storytelling Workshop 'Creating & Telling a Captivating Story'

This is a fun, supportive and experiential workshop. W will share stories, play games and help craft moments from your life into captivating true stories. We’ll work with structure, performance and other storytelling techniques in small groups where you will connect with others and share experiences with lots of feedback and support.

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Natural Born Storytellers 'Getting Away With it'
Apr
20
7:45pm 7:45pm

Natural Born Storytellers 'Getting Away With it'

Have you ever done something that you didn't want anyone else to know about? Now it's the time to reveal all. We're going to hear stories of great escapes, close calls and dirty deeds that we somehow managed to get away with. Maybe we trashed a home, did something illegal or treated someone badly, or maybe we let someone else off the hook. The theme is open to interpretation but the stories are always true and tonight we finally get to hear about everything we thought we got away with..

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Natural Born Storytellers 'Letting Go'
Mar
16
7:45pm 7:45pm

Natural Born Storytellers 'Letting Go'

Sometimes we hold onto things too tightly and for too long, sometimes we let things go too soon and to easily. Maybe we let go of a rope and it led to disasterous consequences or an object just fell from our grip. We could have dropped a catch, fired someone from a job or been fired ourselves. The theme is open to interpretation and there will be a great selection of stories all linked to the theme of 'letting go'. So put your shoes on, let go of that remote and head to Natural Born Storytellers to connect with our true stories. 

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March: Introduction to True-Life Storytelling 'Creating & Telling a Captivating Story'
Mar
13
12:30pm12:30pm

March: Introduction to True-Life Storytelling 'Creating & Telling a Captivating Story'

This is a fun, supportive and experiential workshop: we will share stories, play games and help craft moments from your life into captivating true stories. We’ll work with structure, performance, voice and other storytelling techniques in small groups where you will connect with others and share experiences with lots of feedback and support.

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Natural Born Storytellers: 'First Dates'
Feb
17
7:45pm 7:45pm

Natural Born Storytellers: 'First Dates'

Blind dates, Tinder, PlentyofFish, best friends, weirdos, ex's, missed bookings, nakedness, awkward conversations, incompatibility, dodgy restaurants, messy food, unavoidable embarassment and maybe even true love. What happened to you on your most memorable first date? We want your horror stories, your deep connection stories or your hilarious misadventure tales of first dating. Come along to hear some truly wonderous tales of first dates and make sure you bring your friends, a loved one, or maybe someone you're meeting for the very first time....

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January: Introduction to True-Life Storytelling 'Creating & Telling a Captivating Story' Workshop
Jan
24
12:30pm12:30pm

January: Introduction to True-Life Storytelling 'Creating & Telling a Captivating Story' Workshop

*** Only 2 Places Remaining ***

This is a fun, supportive and experiential workshop: we will share stories, play games and help craft moments from your life into captivating true stories. We’ll work with structure, performance, voice and other storytelling techniques in small groups where you will connect with others and share experiences with lots of feedback and support.

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Natural Born Storytellers: 'Failed Attempts'
Jan
20
7:45pm 7:45pm

Natural Born Storytellers: 'Failed Attempts'

Failing is fun! Maybe you tried too hard, fell flat on your face and went back for more. Maybe you didn't put enough effort it, met the wrong people, had the wrong friends, were given the wrong advice. Bottom line is: you failed. Let's kick start our year with a positive and uplifting theme that reminds us all that success isn't everything and the story comes first. Come and bask yourselves in the stories of the failures of our storytellers for the perfect way to start your year. 

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Natural Born Storytellers: 'Holidays'
Dec
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

Natural Born Storytellers: 'Holidays'

Holidays are fun, aren't they? School trips, family vacations or maybe a romantic getaway that went really well, or, hopefully, horribly, horribly wrong. Come and listen to a motley collection of stories about all sorts of holidays... the good, bad and ugly side of overseas adventures or, quite possibly, it was just something that happened during your summer holidays from school. As usual, the theme is loose, the stories wild and the atmosphere intimate and supportive.

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