True Tales: Undivided // Call out for Stories


Collision Theory Theatre Collective and Girl Gang Manchester are teaming up to bring True Tales to the North West – and we want to hear from you. True Tales: Undivided will feature a mash up of true stories and live music from Manchester’s younger generation of 18-30s. From the light-hearted and anecdotal to the raging and epic, this is a Brexit-inspired True Tales lock-in where passion meets politics and a story shared becomes a call to arms.

We’re looking for stories of 5-10 minutes in length that respond to the theme ‘Undivided Voices in a Divided Nation’, to be told, by you, in front of a live audience. It doesn’t need to be scripted or polished at this stage; we’ll develop our stories together during two workshops in the run up to the event. As long as you have an idea of something you want to say, we want to hear it. This is our chance to shout about what we really care about, as the generation that these decisions will affect most; and set out our demands for the Brexit negotiations. We want to hear from Leavers, Remainers, and those who didn’t get to vote at all.

Your story can be about anything, and you can be as inventive as you like in the way you tell it. Perhaps it’s a conversation you overheard on a bus, or a Facebook debate you accidentally got caught up in. It could be about the logistics of being in a long-distance relationship with someone you met working abroad, and your fears about what the future might hold. Maybe it’s about racial, social or homophobic abuse you’ve experienced since the EU referendum; or an act of bravery and resilience you’ve personally witnessed in response. We’re looking for a whole range of stories and vibes to make for an entertaining and impassioned event which puts the power in our hands for the night.

Got something to say? 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 Friday 27 January, should your story be selected.

See our full guidelines for storytellers here.

True Tales 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 a regular performer or a stranger to the stage.

Deadline for submissions: 12 midday on Saturday 7 January

Selected storytellers will be informed by Sunday 8 January. All submissions will be acknowledged.

There will be group workshops running the weeks commencing 9 and 16 January to work on developing and delivering our stories, so please make sure you can be available during those weeks (workshop dates TBC but will most likely happen on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 5.30 – 7pm). The final event will take place at Nexus Art Cafe Manchester, on Friday 27 January at 8pm. 

Each participant will be allocated £25 to cover expenses. This event is supported by the Undivided campaign.

Let’s create a better Brexit for our generation.