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

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

Surprises 18.6.18

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

Some are wonderful and happy, other surprises are epic and life changing, some surprises are unplanned and inevitable; but every once in a while, there is a surprise that although well meaning turns into a series of increasingly unfortunate events.

Take us on a fantastic journey to your favorite surprise or walk us through the nightmare of the most awkward, terrifying or sad surprise.  Did you try to surprise someone else?  Are you terrific at surprises?  Whatever the case…our storytellers will make you laugh, cringe and maybe even cry and if you decide to share a story the amazing audience will be there for you.

Show up, with a story or just to listen.  The rules are simple
the story has to true, about you and about 5 minutes long.

Doors open 7:30pm. Entrance £5

Awkward Age - Spark London and The Children's Society 27.6.18

At 7:30pm - 10:30pm, Dogstar Brixton, Brixton

Join us for a fun night telling stories and raising money with the charity The Children’s Society.  You’ll be doing something fun, doing something good, laughing, cringing and maybe even crying as we look back on our seriously awkward teenage years together.

Spark is producing and collaborating with the Children’s Society as part of their Seriously Awkward campaign for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds, the theme of the night is ‘Awkward Age’, so why not come along and tell us what you were up to at that age?

What did you enjoy? What did you regret? Experiment with your looks? Ever find yourself in harm’s way? Were you ready to be an adult? Anyone can share a story, or just listen if you prefer.

Tickets are available here.


Entrance £10, doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm

Spark London Does Comedy! 18.7.18

At 7:30pm - 10:30pm, Dogstar Brixton, Brixton

Our friend and Spark contributor Edd Hedges will be previewing his Edinburgh Festival comedy show at the Brixton Dogstar, alongside fellow comedian Abigoliah Schamaun. Both Edd and Abigoliah base their shows around honest, personal, relatable stories – which is exactly what Spark is all about! We love them, and we’re sure you will, too. Interested? Find out more.

Entrance £8.50, doors open 7pm, show starts at 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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