Spark True Stories: Some FAQs • Spark

Whether you’re new to the world of true storytelling, or simply want to know a little more about who we are and what we do, here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Do I have to tell a story?

Not at all! On average, only a quarter of our audience will share a story each night. So, if you’d rather grab a drink, relax and listen, you’ll be in very good company.

I want to share a story. How quickly do the slots book up?

Storytellers sign up on the night, and it’s rare for slots to book up before the first interval. To guarantee a spot, aim to show up when doors open. Or, if you’re really eager, drop us a message on social media and we’ll do what we can!

What are the rules?

It’s very simple. Your story just has to be true, it has to be something that happened to you and all stories must be up to five minutes in length.

Can I come to Spark by myself?

Yes. We pride ourselves on creating a friendly, inclusive environment. It’s normal for our storytellers to get chatting to one another in the intervals and the Spark team are always happy to say hi to newcomers.

I’m worried my story is rubbish. Does that matter?

While some of our storytellers are professional performers and writers, most of them aren’t. At every open-mic event, we have a mix of first-time storytellers and regular contributors. Your story does not have to be clever, funny or scripted – it just has to be honest. Some of our very best stories come from people who don’t consider themselves natural performers.

Is your audience all young, arty types?

We can honestly say there is no one “type” of Spark audience member. Our events attract everyone from students to those in their sixties, seventies and above, and people from all backgrounds. However, no nights are the same… if you’ve seen one Spark event, you’ve just seen one Spark event.

What if my story doesn’t quite fit the night’s theme?

Spark encourages storytellers to think about the theme before sharing their tale. But you can be playful with it. If the theme is “Family Ties” but you want to talk about a funny thing that happened on a work away-day, then perhaps your company likes to think of its employees as one big family? So long as the night’s theme is reflected somewhere in your story, we don’t mind if it requires a little bit of creative thinking.