It went off with a BANG! The Bella Union Bar at Trades Hall was packed with nervous storytellers and their supporters. With five minutes to tell a story, a theme (Firsts) and places for 10 tellers - names were drawn out of a hat and the list placed under the board. Three judges rated the stories out of ten and the winner was rewarded with a free ticket to a Fringe music event.
Rocket Clock is a gentle good hearted evening, no heckling, attentive listeners (despite being in a bar). The tellers are required to take to the stage under the lights, use a mic and the room is dim, so folk used to seeing faces may take a second or two to feel at home.
Storytellers had a variety of styles in both the telling and the content; some had a stand-up feel, some where less structured - more like a string of anecdotes, some tales were self deprecating, some transcendent. Men, women and folk of all ages had a crack at a story.
There are so many ways to celebrate the art of the storyteller and Rocket Clock has brought something new to town for you all to enjoy. Be comfortable to turn up on your own, its a friendly crowd and you will be absorbed into the night, share a table and maybe make a new story friend. Parking is good all around Town Hall.
Sooo there you have it ... no excuses ... go along and enjoy.
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