What is True Stories Live?


True Stories Live is a lively, moving and unpredictable event where people tell true stories about their lives in front of a warm, supportive audience. There is no audition process or strict set of criteria – you just have to have a story to tell, based loosely on the set theme.

Our speakers come from a wide range of different backgrounds. If you perform regularly in another context, you're welcome. If you haven't been on a stage since that incident in primary school, you are also very welcome. And if sharing your story isn't for you, come down and join our fast-growing audience.

We recommend you buy tickets in advance as the event usually sells out on the night. Regular events are priced on a 'pay what you can afford' basis, because we don't want money to be a barrier to people enjoying this event. In these uncertain times we believe more than ever in the power of community and empathy to galvanise and inspire.

If you are interested in speaking at one of our events, please send a short synopsis to truestorieslive@gmail.com (Norwich events) or truestorieslivebirmingham@gmail.com (Birmingham events). Stories need to be under ten minutes, should be true and about you. At each event we set a theme, which can be interpreted in any way that works for you.  


I came for the first time to
true stories last Sunday and it blew my mind!


Small fires – youth Projects


Small Fires is our programme for young people. Its aim is to develop self-confidence, creative expression and communication skills. Our pilot project was successfully completed in April 2017 and consisted of a series of workshops with year nine pupils from Open Academy – Norwich, followed by a performance at Norwich Arts Centre.

We are keen to work with more groups of people who may particularly benefit from this programme. If you know any groups or organisations who may be interested in working with us, please get in touch.