Stories are everywhere. From the young child who desperately begs to be told a story at bedtime, to the grandparent who tells and retells favourite narratives from a life already lived, the need for stories is an urgent one, present in everyone - all ages, all cultures, both tellers and listeners. This is what The Moth StorySLAM has tapped into, and which audiences flock to – like moths to a flame.
This not-for-profit organisation goes deeper than appealing to our natural nosiness. We all have stories that we tell ourselves, stories that make up our identities. We narrativise our lives in an attempt to gain access to ourselves. To tell a story is to learn by finding patterns and poetics in the otherwise arbitrary events of one’s life. On the receiving end, stories have an intense power to engage the empathy of the listener, breaking down all manner of barriers.
At The Moth StorySLAM, storyteller hopefuls (who've prepared a tale based on the theme of the month) will put their names in The Moth hat. Names are picked and, one by one, storytellers take the stage. Each teller has just five minutes, and those tellers are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Storytellers have no page in front of them. They are, true to the open mic format, ordinary people who have had something extraordinary, or hilariously ordinary, happen to them, given a chance to share it with a diverse audience in their own voice.
The theme for the next StorySLAM is Money, so expect stories about cheapskates and big spenders, misers and millionaires. Pawn shops, spending sprees, eBay deals, and piggy bank funds. Selling your blood or buying a round for the whole bar.
At the next Moth GrandSLAM Championship, StorySLAM champs compete to find a definitive winner, so at those events the storytelling tends to be a bit more finessed.
The Moth Mainstage is another event, thrown in partnership with the London Podcast Festival, which features five true, personal stories by luminaries in the arts and sciences.
If you haven’t already spent years yearning to see The Moth live from this side of The Pond, you can get a taster by listening to their podcast. Our favourite Moth story is entitled Life on a Möbius Strip , told by a young astrophysicist who finds wild parallels in her research and personal life.
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Tuesday 29 November
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|What||The Moth StorySLAM: Busted, Rich Mix|
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA | MAP
|Nearest tube||Old Street (underground)|
On 13 Sep 16, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£9 or thereabouts|
|Website||Click here to read more via The Moth|