Story Club at Giant Dwarf: story time for adults

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On the first Monday of every month at Giant Dwarf in Redfern you should attend Story Club – a novel approach to story time for adults.

Story Club is a monthly live storytelling event. The idea had appealed to both me and my plus one as soon as we heard about it — what better way to enjoy an entertaining story than with friends and wine at the theatre? The theatre in question was old fashioned and reminiscent of pantomimes, complete with an over the top, red felt chair on the stage for the storytellers to sit on, and an oversized book for them to read their stories from.

The theme of the month was More Fool Me (or, as was suggested by one storyteller, ‘unexpected penises’). Times when our six storytellers felt they were conned, hoodwinked, or taken for a ride.

Stories varied from Star Wars letdowns, to falling in love with a horse, to a sexual awakening — Queensland style. One storyteller even told of the time they had turned down money for sex. They were consistently funny and eloquent. Each story felt personal — like being let in on an intimate secret about someone’s life.

Part of the proceeds go towards charity (a different one each month) and on the evening I attended we had a story told to us by Vanessa Alexander, Co-Founder of Bleed For You, an ethical and charitable tampon company. Instead of simply asking us to support her cause, she delivered an epic (and surprisingly relatable) story about Power Rangers and the fight between good and evil.

Story Club has been running for a phenomenal nine years, and is the brainchild of Sydney-based writers and actors Ben Jenkins and Zoe Norton Lodge. It’s easy to see how and why it’s garnered such an audience. It’s a beautiful and thoroughly entertaining experience — like being at the theatre and also like having a close friend tell you a secret. An incredibly funny secret being told to well over 100 people which keeps you hanging off your seat with baited breath.

If you enjoy being entertained and believe that storytelling is an art form worth preserving — or even if you’re just looking for something different to do on a Monday evening — then you should definitely head to their website to book tickets to see next month’s Story Club.

– Elli
Elli de Ryckman de Betz has been a fan of story time since she was a little girl. The stories might have changed but the enjoyment has stayed the same.

Story Club runs the first Monday of the month, 8-10pm, at Giant Dwarf in Redfern. Book tickets now.

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Disclaimer: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Giant Dwarf and Story Club.
Photo credit: Giant Dwarf.