Spark London

At Spark London events you will hear personal stories told not by professional storytellers but by anyone who has a great story to share. Expect to be surprised and moved.

Upcoming London events

Housemates 14.5.18

At 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Hackney picturehouse, London

Housemates come in all forms – friends, partners, parents, pets. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to choose the people we live with; often we are not. Do you have a story to tell about the people you’ve shared space with? How they’ve irritated, delighted, frustrated or supported you? Would you be a different person without them?

Join us to tell your story in a friendly environment, or listen to others share their experiences. Stories just have to be true, up to five minutes in length, and they must be about the storyteller.

Entrance £5, doors open 7.30pm, stories from 8pm

Over-thinking 21.5.18

At 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Brixton Ritzy, London

That time when you tied yourself in mental knots about the smallest thing. Maybe there were many times that happened.

Perhaps you spent days preparing for an interview, or a date, or a performance and later realised it would have been better to have turned up unprepared. Are you one of those constant worriers always running through every possible outcome to any situation?

Perhaps this theme description has been over-thought.

We would love to hear about times you have over-thought things. Or come along and listen to others tell their stories.

Spark open-mic evenings involve inviting members of the audience to tell a true personal story from their life of about 5 minutes in length. We create a warm friendly environment that makes it easy for anyone to get up on stage and share something from their lives.

Doors open 7:30pm. Entrance £5

Identity 11.6.18

At 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Hackney picturehouse, London

How do you define yourself? Do you think others see you the same way, or do they take a different view? It’s easy to place labels on ourselves – or others – whether that’s according to our family, home, upbringing, career, habits, personal strengths or past experiences. Sometimes it feels good to be aligned with a cause or a group of people; at other times it can feel unfair or limiting. Whatever your experience, we want to hear stories about what “identity” means to you.

At Spark, there are only three rules: stories have to be true, up to five minutes in length, and they must be about the storyteller. Come along to share yours in a friendly environment.

Entrance £5, doors open 7.30pm, stories from 8pm

Spark London blog

25.03.18 • Glasgow pop-up night for Sailor Jerrys

Charley surveyed the crowds of waiting commuters gazing up at the Euston train station departure boards and hoped a spontaneous flashmob dance would erupt. It was too early for that. I like to think it broke out as soon as we left for our platform. Our team of three, Charley as host, Dave on sound […]

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04.01.18 • “Family Ties” in Brixton

Our theme of “Family Ties” for December was intended to open up the possibility of some seasonal stories but it transpired that Christmas didn’t actually feature at all. The evening looked to be an interesting one for me, as my entire family were going to be present. I am used to my sister attending Spark […]

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20.10.17 • “Bad Timing” in Brixton

It had been a strange day in London. Like most of the country we had been affected by hurricane Orphelia as it swept in from the South-West. instead of high winds we were bathed in a peculiar soft orange light, as sand swept up from the Spanish peninsula put a filter over the sun. It […]

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25.09.17 • A Brixton Night

Ian writes: Monday, like so many Spark nights, contained an unorchestrated mix of compelling and entertaining stories that captivated those present. Any speaker arriving at the microphone is an unknown quantity whose narrative can develop in any direction, and on Monday we heard a wide variety of life experiences around the theme of “Miscommunication”

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08.03.16 • Spark supports Refuaid

MATT WRITES: In the five years we’ve been making the Spark -True Stories podcast, we’ve shared stories with our listeners. But recently we’ve felt moved to do more than that…

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— Lauretta Tomlinson

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