Call out for Storytellers!

True Tales at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Saturday 25 June 2016, 7pm

True Tales is, in essence, a collection of true stories, told by the people who’ve lived them. Placed in a unique setting and punctuated with live music, we believe that the power of a story lies in the simplicity of its telling.

A collaboration between Collision Theory Theatre and inner-i music, True Tales presents a new collection of storytellers with each event to create this charming blend of storytelling and live music in communities across West Yorkshire and beyond.

We are currently looking for stories on the theme of ‘Trouser Town’, in keeping with that of this year’s Arts Festival. Were you, or a relative of yours, employed in the town’s renowned clothing manufacturing industry? Do you own a garment that was made during the ‘Trouser Town’ era? Did you meet the love of your life whilst working in the mills? Perhaps you remember the crises into which the town was plunged after the mills were shut down – or, were a key player in its community revival? We want to hear all of these stories and more, in celebration of the town’s rich and colourful heritage and all those who made it so.

To submit an idea, email with your name, location and a brief summary (up to 250 words) of your story – and make sure you are available to tell it on Saturday 25 June, should your story be selected.

Remember, this is all about true stories from real people, so no previous experience necessary – if you’ve got a story, we want to hear it, whether you’re an established performer or a stranger to the stage. 

Deadline for submissions: 12 noon on Saturday 11 June 

Selected storytellers will be informed by Monday 13 June. All submissions will be acknowledged.

There will be one-to-one sessions available to run through individual stories the w/c Monday 20 June and a full group ‘cue to cue’ run through pre-event.

Performance date: Saturday 25 June, 7pm at Innovation Mill, Hebden Bridge

Please note this is an unpaid, voluntary opportunity but expenses will be covered.