Storytelling is universal. It is something which allows us to connect with people from all walks of life and find a spark of relativity and respect. This is something The Tub of 57 Cambridge Road, Hastings, has welcomed with open arms. Following a period of refurbishment, The Tub is introducing a variety of new events. This month Leigh Harrison and Michaela McKenzie hosted the first in a new series of Spin the Yarn live storytelling events entitled “True Tales of Lessons Learned”.
Authentic human experiences. That’s the key. Truthful, engaging stories told about an experience in one’s life which involved a turning point; or a lesson learned in this case.
“What we want to do is give people the stage,” said Leigh Harrison, “Give everyday people a chance to tell their story because we want to hear it. […] We believe that the act of listening is a gracious and generous act. If you truly listen to someone telling their own story, then you’re letting them know that their story matters and that they matter.”
The night was abundant with charming, intriguing and unpredictable stories. From tales of delaying break-ups and kissing a boy during Schindler’s List, to Michael J. Fox, the fear of fancying your mother and that time you nearly killed your cat. The event was also fittingly brought to a close by EastEnders and Game of Thrones actor Francis Magee, whose uproarious story of saving a raging alcoholic from a fire as a young boy perfectly epitomised the mirthful experience of the evening.
It is with much anticipation that I say I look forward to this being the first of many storytelling events in Hastings, it was both informative and reassuring to know that there are such gifted storytellers in our community, and it served as a great reminder that we must always find a common ground with those around us.