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Tall Poppies: A Story Slam


Thu 20 Apr 2017, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: The Classic Studio, Level 1, 321 Queen St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $16.38 ($15.00 + $1.38 fees)
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Listed by: robinwachsberger

Tall Poppies: A Story Slam
This Weeks Theme: The Time I Did it Perfectly! (Almost)

This is the first-ever, Tall Poppies Story Slam event!

What is this show?
You (the audience) are invited to prepare a five-minute, true story (told without notes), about an experience in which you were almost “awesome.” Stories about people that were simply, just “awesome” from start to finish aren’t the stories we like to hear because, in our deepest and most primal human guts, we know life is a struggle - a beautiful struggle worth sharing.

Inspired by the internationally acclaimed storytelling show The Moth, Tall Poppies is an opportunity for folks from all walks of life to craft and share a five-minute gem.

Do I have to tell a story?
No, most of the audience will just watch. But seven names will be drawn to share their stories and anyone who might want to tell a story is strongly encouraged to prepare one and give it a go!

Is there a Prize?
Yes! There is a prize. There will be teams of judges selected from the audience at the start of the show. Each story will be scored (figure skating style) and by the end of the night there will be a winner who receives $50 and a chance to compete in a Grand Slam competition.

This week’s theme is: The Time I Did it Perfectly! (almost)
Bring us your stories of nearly-cunning proposals, not-quite-perfectly-executed dismounts, close-but-no-cigar attempts at new skills, and any life events in which you may have failed at the task at hand, but you walked away better for it.

How do I prepare a story? Good Question! Here is some advice to get started:

Use the broad theme of the evening to inspire memories of personal, life-changing experiences. Choose one of you most memorable and share the moments leading up to and after the experience.
Humor is always welcome, but don’t feel obligated to be funny. True voices on stage are just as powerful as humor.

Try writing it down to get it down to five minutes and to pinpoint the most crucial moments you want to include.

Here is an example of a great story that takes life’s little moments and gives them big impact:

If you would like to workshop you story before the event, don’t hesitate to contact Robin Wachsberger at Robin previously managed The StorySLAM series at The Moth and has been coaching storytellers for five years.

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