Our regular evening when ordinary people tell their extraordinary stories.
A night of revelations and inspiration, through the simple power of storytelling. Come and hear what’s happening around you.
This month’s storytellers include:
Eric is a native of suburban New York City. His interest in radio took him to San Francisco State University where he studied Broadcasting Arts and Drama. He went on to work in commercial radio in the Bay Area and National Public Radio in Los Angeles. Since arriving in London in the early nineties he has pursued a career in voice-over and acting. Recent film roles include “Woman in Gold” and “A Hologram for the King.”
Ian is a writer-turned-performer. After an unplanned career in TV and radio, he became an agent at the UK’s largest speaker bureau and worked with the world’s best speakers from entertainment, politics and sport. Today, he is a presenter, speaker coach and author.
Jenie grew up in South London and moved to Bedfordshire 18 years ago to train to be a midwife. She has worked as a clinical midwife on birth centres around London. She decided to take a risk with her career three years ago and work as a midwife in research, significantly different to working as a clinical midwife and not being ‘academic’. Now she works within research helping doctors and midwives understand a potentially life threating disease to both mother and the unborn baby – Pre-eclampsia. She is a mum to two boys aged 10 & 8 who are her biggest driving force in living life to the fullest. In this last year Jenie is following her dream of being a speaker sharing her stories to help and inspire other people to do the same – live life to the fullest!
Scott is a writer who works in Museums. He likes dusty old things and was hooked on storytelling from an early age when he was given a book of Greek myths as a boy. He grew up on the edge of Dartmoor, in the south west of England, and spent a few years living in the Northern Territory in Australia when his dad was a flying doctor. He lived in aboriginal communities and was only once almost bitten by a lethal snake. Scott is a playwright, currently attached to Bristol Old Vic as one of their Open Session writers, and helps out at the Omnibus Theatre on their new writing programme.
Sarah grew up in Taunton, Somerset, in a very busy household. Being the third of five children she naturally grew up to be a desperate attention seeker. To make matters worse, on the annual family holiday to Ireland at the age of 9, she kissed the Blarney Stone whilst being dangled by her ankles over a very precarious ledge and hasn’t shut up since. Over the years she has tried her hand at many jobs, having been a dinner-lady, a teaching assistant, a service-station attendant, a sandwich-maker, barista, barmaid, factory-worker and even a fully trained builder. But eventually she earned a place at RADA and became a professional actor. She graduated in 2014 and has very much enjoyed her first two years as part of an industry that actually pays her to talk!
Sudeshna is Indian by origin but lived in Uganda for 18 years with her family throughout her childhood and teens during the notorious dictator Idi Amin’s regime and the turbulent times afterwards. Her first language was Swahili, and she experienced both traditional, urban African and Indian lifestyles. Due to war and various circumstances, she and her family came to London in 1985, and ever since has been on a quest for knowledge working in various jobs from hospitals to cancer research to financial advisor to voluntary work. She is currently credit controller at a commercial cleaning firm. As well as doing business in retail, finance and property, Sudeshna is a storyteller and singer and her debut CD helps fundraise for charities. She loves gardening, is a ‘culture vulture’ and absolutely adores storytelling and public speaking as a member of her Toastmasters club. Her greatest joy comes from helping and mentoring others to make a difference in their lives.
Running Time: 90 minutes