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Held at the Canal Cafe Theatre in Little Venice on the first Monday of each month, Spark London has attracted a cult following largely through word of mouth. The show appeals to people's very basic desire to connect. According to The Evening Standard, 'The feel is somewhere between a stand-up night without the jokes and an AA meeting without the alcoholics - though both are theoretically welcome.' This series captures some of the stories from our on going shows.

Held at the Canal Cafe Theatre in Little Venice on the first Monday of each month, Spark London has attracted a cult following largely through word of mouth. The show appeals to people's very basic desire to connect. According to The Evening Standard, 'The feel is somewhere between a stand-up night without the jokes and an AA meeting without the alcoholics - though both are theoretically welcome.' This series captures some of the stories from our on going shows.
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Held at the Canal Cafe Theatre in Little Venice on the first Monday of each month, Spark London has attracted a cult following largely through word of mouth. The show appeals to people's very basic desire to connect. According to The Evening Standard, 'The feel is somewhere between a stand-up night without the jokes and an AA meeting without the alcoholics - though both are theoretically welcome.' This series captures some of the stories from our on going shows.

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English


Episodes

Bad Timing - Ashleigh & Banke

12/13/2017
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True stories told live across the UK. This episode we present two stories on the theme of ‘Bad Timing’. Ashleigh tells us about how bad timing caused her boyfriend to miss a very important appointment for them both. And Banke retells a time of bad timing and sexual assault. Thanks to all our story tellers for a night of candid tales. Thanks also to Charley Harrison for compèring the night, to event producer Ian Barratt and podcast producer Elle Scott. If you love our podcasts, please help...

Duration: 00:16:31


Miscommunication - Nadya & Chloe

12/6/2017
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True stories told live in venues across the UK. In this ‘Miscommunication’ themed episode, Nadya tells us about a childhood miscommunication involving Nelson Mandela and sibling rivalry and Chloe recounts the time her crush made a very embarrassing mistake. Our open mic nights are a great way of getting involved with Spark. For more information on these events visit www.stories.co.uk Thanks to Charley Harrison for compèring the night, event producer Ian Barratt and podcast producer Elle...

Duration: 00:10:27


Periods - Helen & Jinan

11/29/2017
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True stories told live in venues across the UK. In August this year, Helen and Jinan got on stage at the Brixton Ritzy to tell stories on the theme of ‘Periods’... Yep, that’s right folks, MENSTRUATION. Helen recounts the time she was pranked by her period at a work conference and Jinan tells us about getting into a sticky situation the day hers came for the first time. Thanks to Charley Harrison for compèring the night, event producer Ian Barratt and podcast producer Elle Scott. If you...

Duration: 00:10:36


Friendship - Gigi & Caroline

11/21/2017
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True stories told live across the UK. This episode we present two stories on the theme of ‘Friendship’. Gigi tells us about losing her best friend during the 90’s AIDs epidemic and Caroline recounts a time heartbreak cost her a friendship. Thanks to all our story tellers for a night of raw and poignant tales. Thanks also to Dave Pickering for compèring the night, to event producer Christina Friis Olsen and podcast producer Elle Scott. If you love our podcasts, please help us to make...

Duration: 00:17:03


Crossing The Line - Maria & Beth

8/1/2017
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True stories told live across the UK. This episode we present two stories on the theme of ‘Crossing The Line’. Maria reveals how the traumatic experience of stumbling upon a dead body helped her turn her life around and social worker Beth tells us about the time she had to swallow her pride in the face of everyday sexism. Our open mic nights are a great way of getting involved with Spark. For more information on these events visit stories.co.uk Thanks to Charley Harrison for compèring the...

Duration: 00:12:36


SPECIAL: Feasts - Miranda & Ben

7/25/2017
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True stories told live across the UK. This episode we present two tales on the theme of ‘Feasts’ for a Literary Festival Special. Miranda tells us how she changed someone’s day with a cheese sandwich and Ben recounts the time he was possessed by a woman at a dinner party. Special thanks to The Harris Girl’s Academy who helped put on this special night as part of their annual Literary Festival. Thanks also to compère Dave Pickering, event producer Christina Friis Olsen and podcast producer...

Duration: 00:15:55


Holidays - Dennis & Andre

7/18/2017
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True stories told live in venues across the UK. In July this year, Dennis and Andre got on stage at the Hackney Attic in London to tell stories on the theme of ‘Holidays’. Dennis tells us about trying and failing to ‘find himself’ in Uganda and Andre admits he still hasn't gotten over a trick his brother played on him as a child when they went on a family holiday. Our open mic nights are a great way of getting involved with Spark. For more information on these events visit stories.co.uk...

Duration: 00:14:10


Cutting Corners - Luke & Frances

7/11/2017
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True stories told live across the UK. This episode we present two stories on the theme of ‘Cutting Corners’. Luke tells us about having toilet troubles in front of comedian Alan Carr and Frances recounts the lengths she went through to see her favourite band perform at Glastonbury. Thanks to Charley Harrison for compèring the night, to event producer Ian Barratt and podcast producer Elle Scott.

Duration: 00:11:33


Adulthood - Callan, Ross & Mackenzie

7/4/2017
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True stories told live across the UK. This time three tales on the theme of ‘Adulthood’ from our night at the Hackney Attic. Callan tells us about her experience coming out as bisexual, Ross takes us back to when he got drunk for the very first time and Mackenzie recounts the moment a volcano helped her grow up. Thanks to: all our storytellers, Dave Pickering for compèring the night, event producer Christina Friis Olsen and podcast producer Elle Scott.

Duration: 00:20:09


Journeys - Errol & Dara

6/20/2017
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True stories told live across the UK. Today we have two stories from our night on the theme, ‘Journeys’. Errol takes us back twenty years to his life in prison and Dara recalls the time a religious-looking pastry helped her and her flatmates achieve their dreams. Thanks to: our storytellers, Charley Harrison for compèring the night, Ian Barratt for producing the event and podcast producer Elle Scott.

Duration: 00:13:45


Defining Moments - Kate & Elle

6/13/2017
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True stories told live in venues across the UK. In April this year, Kate and Elle both got up on stage at the Hackney Attic and told stories on the theme of 'Defining Moments.' Kate recounts what it was like getting a sudden reality check aged thirteen and Elle relives the moment she was expelled from school. Unplanned and totally raw, our open mic nights are a great way to get involved with Spark. For more information on these events visit stories.co.uk Thanks to Dave Pickering for...

Duration: 00:13:06


SPECIAL: Migration - Daniel & Banke

6/6/2017
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True stories told live across the UK. This episode we present two tales on the theme of 'Migration'. Daniel tells us what it was like working in a refugee camp in Afghanistan and Nigerian-born Banke shares her thoughts on living in London post Brexit. Thanks to The Migration Collective for collaborating with Spark to make this night a success. You can discover more about what they do here: https://www.migrationcollective.com/who-we-are/ Thanks to Charley Harrison for compèring the night,...

Duration: 00:15:08


SPECIAL: London Podcast Festival (Part 2)

11/22/2016
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WARNING: the last story contains strong sex references. Neil Denny (Little Atoms), Felix Trench (Wooden Overcoasts) & Alix Fox (Close Encounters, The Modern Mann) offer us three more true stories from this year's London Podcast Festival. Plus! An extra special treat: Martin Austwick (Song By Song) shares a story in song form, in his additional guise as a musician. Thanks to Kings Place for their technical support during the show, Charlie Harrison for her fine presentation skills and Joanna...

Duration: 00:45:44


SPECIAL: London Podcast Festival 2016 (1)

11/16/2016
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WARNING: the last story contains strong sex references. True stories told live across the UK. Podcast makers Azariah Williams (The Shapeshifters), Rhianna Dhillon (Back Row) and Alix Fox (Close Encounters), all tell their true stories on the theme of 'Uncharted Territory'. This night was recorded at the London Podcast Festival at Kings Place - thanks to the organisers for sharing the recording with us, and the many audience members who came up after the show to say hello and share your...

Duration: 00:35:44


Bipolar Gigolo - Jools

11/9/2016
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True stories told at Spark's open mic nights and Encore showcases. Today, Jools tells an audience of strangers how he came to meet his first client whilst working as a gigolo in Bristol. To hear our back catalogue of 200 episodes FOR FREE - subscribe to the podcast via stories.co.uk/podcast.

Duration: 00:07:09


Regrets - Florian & Charley

11/2/2016
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True stories told live in venues across the UK. In August this year, Florian and Charley both got up on stage and told these stories of 'D'oh!' - moments where they had an unforgettable moment of regret. Unplanned and totally raw, our open mic nights are a great way to get involved with Spark. For more information on these and our showcase event, Spark Encore, visit stories.co.uk

Duration: 00:12:10


In Detention - Theresa

10/19/2016
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In June Spark presented stories of inspirational teachers and students; stories from educators and from people who have experienced education. In this first story from that night, Theresa tells us about a pupil that made her early life as a trainee teacher a living hell. Thanks to The Steve Sinnott Foundation for supporting this night. Proceeds raised from ticket sales went in support of their campaign for Education for All. You too can help them:...

Duration: 00:06:47


Jealousy - Jess & Adrienne

10/12/2016
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True stories told live in the UK. Jealousy can completely over-take you, it can ruin a lot of things, and it can meddle when we least desire it. Are you the jealous type who always gets into trouble because of it? Or have you experienced jealousy first hand and in this case; how did it pan out? We have two stories today that will remind you of everything you've regretted in your life. You are welcome.

Duration: 00:09:24


In A Pickle - Katie & Josh

10/5/2016
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Oh dear, here we go again: You’ve got yourself into a situation which you really don’t want to be in. Katie & Josh know how you feel, in these two true stories recorded live at the Hackney Attic in August 2016. SPECIAL OFFER: get a free audiobook of your choice with Spark, by using this link: www.audible.co.uk/spark For every person that signs up, Audible gives us ACTUAL CASH, which means we can keep making this podcast. Support us AND get a free audiobook. Do it now.

Duration: 00:12:30


Summer Lovin' - George

9/28/2016
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This summer may seem like a distant memory, but for today's Sparkler it's far away from temporally and geographically. On a year break in Thailand, George meets his first love. But is she all that she seems? GIG ALERT: we're taking part in the Tellit Festival, where the story clubs of Britain unite for a weekend of stories. Join us, The Moth, Natural Born Storytellers and more for a celebration of true stories: http://stories.co.uk/events/spark-open-mic-5/

Duration: 00:08:44

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