Ten Years - Hannah Mathews08/04/14
A true story recorded at our open mic night in Hackney in August 2014. Hannah hasn't been to the dentist for ten years - now, as an adult, can she overcome her childhood fear? This is the second dentist-related story we've had on the podcast. If you...
Best of Spark #6 - Andy Bodle
True stories told live, featuring highlights from our sixth Best of Spark showcase at the Canal Cafe Theatre in West London, presented by Charley Harrison. In this half hour, Countdown competitor Andy draws inspiration from his two grannies, Nina's...
Waiting for the Phone to Ring - Chris Neill
In a break with tradition, we have something a little different time: comedian Chris Neill (Radio 4's Just a Minute), reads two fantastic true stories he had committed to paper. If you like this, why not try subscribing to hear more true stories from...
Do Not Touch - Lauretta Tomlinson
Unhappy and out of love, Lauretta takes a job as a tour guide at a haunted castle. From April 2014, when the theme of our open mic in Hackney was Hello/Goodbye... If you liked Lauretta’s story, you’ll love The Best of Spark London: where we showcase...
Best of Spark - Tamer Kattan
Charley Harrison presents yet more highlights from our monthly 'Best of' night in Warwick Avenue - featuring storytellers from our open mic nights in Hackney and Brixton, plus special guests. In this edition, we hear: * the fastest ways to lose your...
Breaking Into Dance - Kirsty McCarter
Kirsty told this story at our Hackney open mic in May 2014, when the theme was 'dancing'. On Monday 2nd June we're back at the Canal Cafe Theatre for Best of Spark London with special guest Tamer Kattan (The Moth, Comedy Store). Expect stories that...
Best of Spark #4 - Sarah Bennetto
Charley Harrison presents three life-changing true stories from our latest Best of Spark London show at the Canal Cafe Theatre in West London, featuring: a man on vacation, vexed by thoughts of leaving his oven on at home an art lover escapes from her...
Bob the Australian - Sally Banks
Sally meets a handsome stranger - but before she can say hello properly, she may have to say goodbye... From our open mic night in Hackney, when the theme was Hello/Goodbye. PLUS: listen out for a special message at the end of this week's podcast from...
Best of Spark #3 - Richard Tyrone Jones
Three true stories told live from the stage - and a warning, this episode contains some very adult themes. In today's programme: * Sudeshna escapes war-tornUgandathanks to her father * Alix Fox reveals her unusual sense of smell, caused bysynesthesia...
The Girl With The Long Hair - Terry Freedman
This really sweet, true story by Terry Freedman was told in Brixton in February. He was lined up for March's Best of Spark evening but had to pull out with flu - get well soon Terry! Here's the original telling, complete with a time limit he...
Best of Spark #2 - Neil Denny
Charley Harrison presents highlights from our second Best of Spark London night at the Canal Cafe Theatre. In this episode: Francis Shire aspires to be 'King of the Camden Goths' - can his Swedish Cybergoth partner help him achieve his dream? Robyn...
The Open Window - Harsh Agarwal
In his hometown in India, huge crowds gather to see Harsh - unfortunately, he doesn't want them there. From January 2014, when the theme was 'Fame.'
Best of Spark London #1 - Helen Zaltzman
In a change to the regular podcast, Charley Harrison presents highlights from our first Best of Spark London evening at the Canal Cafe Theatre, featuring: * Christine Estima * John Hale * Helen Zaltzman Please let us know what you think of the new...
Long Legs - Bill Singh
True stories told live in London. At a church meeting in a Southall school in November 1987, two gunmen opened fire – and Bill had to decide what he was going to do. From our open mic in Hackney, January 2014, when the theme was 'Best Intentions.'
Words - Joanna Yates
This December, Spark London celebrates six fantastic years of connecting people through stories. So what better way to mark the occasion than with a story told by founder Joanna Yates? Exactly. This story is from April 2013, where the theme was...
ME Story - Ian Barratt
True stories told live across London. Ian got up at our open mic in Hackney and told this story of strength - living with ME and a gradual and remarkable recovery. From November 2013, when the night's theme was Strength. Thanks to Dave Pickering for...
A Picnic In Paris - Mark Yansen
Mark gets an offer that seems too good to be true; a free return trip to Paris. And all he has to do is a little leafleting when he gets there. What could go wrong? From October 2013, when the theme was 'Hidden.' Thanks to Greg Roughley for putting...
Stories of Shakespeare - Ola Aralepo & Jennifer Carpenter
This week we present two stories from the same night in Brixton, both where the theme was hidden - but for some reason also talked about performing Shakespeare: Embrace the Clown - Ola Aralepo In Nigeria, Ola's comic timing is appreciated by his...
Open Hearts - A Spark London Special
As our regular producer Matt Hill is off this month (getting married), the host of our Hackney open mic night has put together a full show from earlier this year, when the theme was 'Open Heart.' You can hear his own excellent podcast, Getting Better...
A Grand Gesture - Jess Brownrigg
Jess is a London tour guide with a penchant for the dramatic gesture. In this true story, he explains how that can sometimes create trouble. It was told at our August open mic at the Brixton Ritzy - we're back there on TUESDAY (not Monday) 17th...
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