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

Spark Open Mic - 'Parties' 17.12.18

At 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Ritzy, Brixton, London

‘tis the season to paaaaarty…

Office parties, Christmas drinks, NYE shindig, house parties, school days parties, clubbing, fitness raves. Labour, Green, Tory, US Midterms even. Do you have an excellent party story or an excellent story about a party.

Come party with us on Monday December 17th as our audience. Or if you have a story, tell us about your hosting dreams and nightmares or the most horrific and terrific things that’ve happened to you or you have done at a party. Share with us the party no one came to, the one you thought you had forgotten. We’ll be there to share the pain, the laughs and maybe the fury.

Doors open 7:30pm

Stories from 8pm

Entry: £5

Spark Open Mic - 'Interruption' 21.1.19

At 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Ritzy, Brixton, London

Spark is Britain’s first true storytelling club.
We encourage real people to tell true stories in front of a live audience.

This month the theme for the stories is ‘Interruption’. Have you ever felt interrupted or been accused of interrupting? An interruption could be the best thing that happens, or the worst. Storytellers will be given 5 minutes, without interruption, to share their story. Many come to Spark just to listen to other people’s stories- listening to the stories is valued just as much.

Storytellers sign up on the day and we take down names from 7.30pm and may give priority to people who haven’t spoken at Spark before.

Doors open 7:30pm

Stories from 8pm

Entry: £5

Spark Open Mic - Reunion 4.2.19

At 8:00pm - 10:30pm, The Bill Murray, London

Reunions can be sweet, they can be bitter sweet, or they can be… well, downright bitter. A gathering of family, friends, colleagues or school mates can feel cosy and familiar. Or it can bring up long-forgotten rivalries and childish grudges. A meeting with the ex you promised you’d never speak to again (but secretly hoped to see) can be cathartic or irritating. Or perhaps your own memorable reunion hasn’t been with a person at all, but with a place, an old hobby or even an emotion.

We want to hear your stories. Join Spark at The Bill Murray pub in Angel for a (brand new!) night of true storytelling. Storytellers can sign up on the night. Nervous first-timers are very welcome, but getting up on stage is not compulsory.

Stories start at 8pm, though the bar is open all evening.
Entry is £5 on the door or in advance.

Spark Open Mic - Unlikely Friendships 4.3.19

At 8:00pm - 10:30pm, The Bill Murray, London

It’s tempting to think there are rules about friendships. That our best friends should be our age, share our politics, binge-watch the same shows, be on good terms with our partners…

But what of those friends who don’t fit the mould? Those from unfamiliar backgrounds, those 30 years older than we are, or those on the other side of the world. What about the friends we seemingly have nothing in common with, yet would trust with our deepest secrets? Dwindling romances can turn into lasting friendships. Our parents can become our best mates.

We want to hear your stories. Join Spark at The Bill Murray pub in Angel for a night of true storytelling. Storytellers can sign up on the night.

Stories start at 8pm, though the bar is open all evening.
Entry is £5 on the door or in advance.

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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