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’.
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”
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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..
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.
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.
Our first evening is about 'New beginnings' – the theme is up to you to interpret. To get you started, think of a new job, coming to a new country, your first day at school, a birth, stepping outside your comfort zone, or how you found a brand new perspective on life...