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Spark - True Stories Live

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Growing Up Fast - David Stevenson
South African David Stevenson reveals how he helped his older sister Mary after she fell pregnant.From October 2010, when our true stories were packaged with the theme Saints and Sinners.Spark London is still produced by Joanna Yates, and this podcast is put together by Matt Hill. So there.
A Good Education - Maroulla Paul
Another from the archives - so the sound can be a little 'crunchy'.Maroulla's mother sends her to a very different school to the rest of her family. From April 2009's theme, 'Payback'.Next month sees the return of Spark: we're after stories of Crossing The Line. If you're in London on 6th September, drop by the Canal Cafe Theatre and listen...
Reaching Out - Sonja Todd
Sonja Todd paints a pretty picture of Wales in this story from our September special on stories that 'Cross the Line'.On October 18th we'll be hosting a night on the theme of 'Saints and Sinners'. Take a look at for details...
Clues - Antonia Windsor
Antonia explains the clues that led to a mysterious fortune teller in New York and a confrontation with an old enemy....From November 2009's evening, where the theme was Powers.
Damning Evidence - Radcliffe Royds
Radcliffe tells his true story of life at boarding school in Edinburgh - from March 2010, where the theme continued to be Lost and Found...
Under The Influence - Stephen Kirk
Stephen finds his fortune thanks to a fridge, then almost loses it all until an Australian billionaire intervenes... From March 2008.Another story from the archives, so apologies for the sound quality.
MySpace or His? - Andrea Hubert
Andrea confesses all in this story of the perils of social networking. Part of Spark London's 2nd birthday celebrations.
We're back... so spread the word!
Next week we'll have brand new episodes. In the meantime, please share this super-uplifting extended trailer with your friends and help us spread the word about Spark - True Stories. And for the superfans: how many of the stories featured can you remember? If you've missed one or two, we'll post links to each clip on our blog at
REBROADCAST: Baby Giraffe - Jacqueline Downs - True Stories Live in London
From our ever-expanding archives, we replay this story first heard in Camberwell's Blue Elephant Theatre in June 2010. Jacqueline has fallen in love, but there's a catch... For information regarding your data privacy, visit
'The Person in the Mirror'  - Michael & Bruna - True Stories Told Live
Who is the person looking back at you in the mirror? This month, we're listening to stories of identity and identity crises. Did you have sleepless nights wondering who you were? Did you grow up in a neighbourhood where you there was no one else like you? Did you try being someone only to realise that wasn't who you were at all? Two open mic participants, Michael and Bruna, share their stories. All unplanned and unscripted: this is a Spark open mic night. Come join us at another... For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Crossing The Line - Maria & Beth
True stories told live across the UK. This episode we present two stories on the theme of ‘Crossing The Line’. Maria reveals how the traumatic experience of stumbling upon a dead body helped her turn her life around and social worker Beth tells us about the time she had to swallow her pride in the face of everyday sexism. Our open mic nights are a great way of getting involved with Spark. For more information on these events visit Thanks to Charley Harrison for compèring the night, to event producer Ian Barratt and podcast producer Elle Scott. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
'Glory' - Maryam & Daniel - True Stories Told Live
Two stories from our recent open mic in Hackney. Maryam has a breakdown and finds recovery in the least likely place. Then, Daniel helps defend a friend and is rewarded in unexpected ways. There's still time to hear our contribution to Radio 4: Truth Be Told is available to download via the iPlayer Radio app, or you can stream it on their website. Spread the word so they might make more! Spark is produced by founder Joanna Yates and a large team of volunteers. Audio production by Matt Hill with support from Kirsty McQuire and Hannah Ratcliffe.
Lost at Sea - Cathy & Chaylene
Two stories from two recent separate events, with different themes... but still managed to be about the dangers of the coastline. In the first story, Cathy's walk across the clifftop ends in disaster. Then, Chaylene has trouble off the shore of Cameroon. Thanks to the producers and presenters of our Exmouth Market and Brixton Ritzy nights, without whom these recordings wouldn't be possible: Hannah Ratcliffe, Charley Harrison and Christina Friis. Spark - True Stories is a Rethink Audio production. For more episodes, go to For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Spark Encore - True Stories of Crime and Punishment - True Stories Told Live
Charley Harrison is back with three stories from our most recent show, where we heard true stories of crime and punishment - tales of justice, judgement and law-breaking. You'll hear: * an absolutely criminal case of entering a property (but without breaking in first) * life inside a maximum security prison in Arizona * a very indecent exposure, as part of a tabloid scoop Our next Spark Encore (where we handpick our stories) is on 26 March where the theme is 'Bad Calls', involving errors of judgement - and their consequences. Plus, we have open mic nights in Hackney and Brixton where you can share your own stories. For full details, head to For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Risk! at Spark London *NSFW* - True Stories Told Live
WARNING: this episode contains very strong sex references. Spark London welcomed the risque US podcast Risk! to Hackney in July 2014. Here we present three stories from that night on the theme of 'Surprise'. To hear the full show, head to Risk's sizable back catalogue. Thanks to Kevin Allison and all the Risk team for their support. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Stories of Shakespeare - Ola Aralepo & Jennifer Carpenter
This week we present two stories from the same night in Brixton, both where the theme was hidden - but for some reason also talked about performing Shakespeare: Embrace the Clown - Ola Aralepo In Nigeria, Ola's comic timing is appreciated by his friends, but not by his elders. Out of Lines - Jennifer Carpenter Jennifer attempts to woo another schoolboy with her acting talents. All she has to do is learn to act first… From October 2013, where the theme was Hidden. I think we mentioned that earlier. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
In Detention - Theresa
In June Spark presented stories of inspirational teachers and students; stories from educators and from people who have experienced education. In this first story from that night, Theresa tells us about a pupil that made her early life as a trainee teacher a living hell. Thanks to The Steve Sinnott Foundation for supporting this night. Proceeds raised from ticket sales went in support of their campaign for Education for All. You too can help them: For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Stuck - Krishan & Raphael
Two more true stories of the kindness of strangers. Krishan discovers his mother unconscious, locked in the car. But who will help a fifteen year old in a hoodie break in? Then, Raphael is trapped in an elevator following an earthquake, with only the emergency operator for company. Thanks for Humans of Greater London for choosing this month's theme and to the huge team of volunteers that make Spark happen every week. Check out our latest shows at For information regarding your data privacy, visit
A Trip to the Beach - Joe Friedman - True Stories Told Live
In this highlight from a recent open mic, Joe Friedman tells his true story of crime and punishment. When challenged by armed cops during a beach-wide curfew, Joe decides this is the time to stand up for his right to party. If you've never been to a Spark event... why not? We have open-mics across the capital (and now Bristol and Preston), plus a monthly night of handpicked stories we call Spark Encore. Full details at For information regarding your data privacy, visit
SPECIAL: Feasts - Miranda & Ben
True stories told live across the UK. This episode we present two tales on the theme of ‘Feasts’ for a Literary Festival Special. Miranda tells us how she changed someone’s day with a cheese sandwich and Ben recounts the time he was possessed by a woman at a dinner party. Special thanks to The Harris Girl’s Academy who helped put on this special night as part of their annual Literary Festival. Thanks also to compère Dave Pickering, event producer Christina Friis Olsen and podcast producer Elle Scott. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Centre of Attention - Alfie, Dara & Richard - Spark True Stories Live
We’ve all known the feeling: being the centre of attention can feel great – or it can make you want to curl up and disappear. Are you the kind of person who must be the centre of attention at all times? Or do you hate it when all eyes are on you? This week we celebrate all of the above, with three true stories told at our most recent night in Hackney. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
I'm Fine - Shannon - Spark True Stories
Warning: contains references to suicide. One more story from our collaboration with Mind in Haringey, where we told stories of 'Multicultural Minds.' Tottenham resident Shannon tells this ultimately uplifting story of coming to terms with her mental health. Thanks for Kelsey for the recording and the show's producers, Joanna Yates and Dave Pickering. Spark - True Stories is a Rethink Audio production by Matt Hill. BRISTOL: we have a show coming to you this Sunday (29th November) at the Bristol Fringe Cafe Bar; full details at For information regarding your data privacy, visit
SPECIAL: London Podcast Festival 2016 (Part 1)
True stories told live across the UK. Podcast makers Azariah Williams (The Shapeshifters), Rhianna Dhillon (Back Row) and Dave Pickering (The Family Tree, Getting Better Acquainted), all tell their true stories on the theme of 'Uncharted Territory'. This night was recorded at the London Podcast Festival at Kings Place - thanks to the organisers for sharing the recording with us, and the many audience members who came up after the show to say hello and share your stories. You are the reason we keep making this podcast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Intelligent Design - David
Connecting people through true stories. David told this story at our open mic at the Ritzy in Brixton, when the theme was 'Strangers.' Thanks to Christina Friis who produced this night and to Meabh Ritchie for recording the stories. For more episodes, and to attend a live night, be sure to check out our website: For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Reunion - Dimitri & Rachael
True stories told live across the UK. This week we christened our new venue The Bill Murray in Angel with two fantastic stories on the theme of ‘Reunion’. Dimitri revels in the time he exacted perfect revenge on two friends and Rachael tells us about when she was locked outside in a very compromising position. Our open mic nights are a great way of getting involved with Spark. To find out about where to find us and when visit and click the ‘events’ tab. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
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Jan 11th, 2010
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May 13th, 2019
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