Story Jam runs workshops for people who want to tell stories. Would you like to come?

People often tell us they’re itching to tell stories but they don’t know where to start. Start with us! As well as telling stories, running Story Jam and working on other performance projects, Lucy Lill is a seasoned teacher and Alys Torrance has been running performance workshops for 20 years, so you are in safe hands.

Toe Dipping Workshop

In a relaxed, playful two hour workshop session, we will explore three fundamental techniques for breathing life into a story. Throughout, you will be working on a short folktale, seeing it taking shape and captivating your listeners. We’ll provide the basic stories – all you need to bring is your imagination.

Come and dip a toe – or maybe a whole foot – into the compelling world of telling stories. Maybe stick around for a post-workshop drink and a chat in the bar.

We limit numbers so that everyone gets plenty of time and attention so get signed up quickly and don’t miss out.


Click here for some feedback from previous Toe Dippers.

Medusa Producer #2

Story Jam is making space to play

Storytellers often work alone. But we often say ‘I just want to meet up and play every now and then’. We sigh for safe space and good company to feed and excercise our imaginations and our performance muscles, to explore the craft we already practice.

Inspired by our Medusa Producer workshop last Autumn, we’ve grabbed some space for another afternoon of practical play and performance experiments.

We’ll  be using the myth of Medusa, freely and loosely, as shared base material to play with. We don’t want to obssesssssss though – those snakes can head off where they will!  We will bring a framework, and ideas and exercises to get things cooking, but our aim is to make structured space for everyone to contribute their skills and experience.  And we’ll see what the afternoon bringssss…

Please feel free to spread the word!

Venue: Canvas & Cream
Date: Sunday 20th January

If you would like to join us for the afternoon please send us an email (you can use the form below) at
There’s a deadline: if you are interested please let us know by Monday 7th January.

Get in touch if you’d like more information.


Or why not book a workshop for your school, your organisation, or for you and your friends?


‘Paper theatre’ is a form of Japanese street storytelling. The stories are told with the help of pictures. We’ll tell you a story to get things started. Then let your imagination get to work as you draw your own illustrations for it, and tell the story back the way you see it. You get to listen to a story, draw and perform (with the help of your pictures). Perfect!

(Sessions can be adapted for any age group.)

Bring It On!

For teenagers we offer a session of open mic slots, but mixed up with the chance to skill-up and tweak your telling . If you’ve got the guts, we want to hear you. We’ll compere the session like we compere Story Jam every month, so expect laughs and a warm welcome onto our stage. Bring a story to work on.

(If you are no longer a teenager, you might keep an eye out for Fresh Blood & Guts nights, which we run with other London storytelling organisations. It’s a platform for new tellers to show the world what you’ve got.)

Beehive Storytelling Sessions

Pluck a story out of the air. Games to get your imagination and impro mojo flowing will lead into a group storytelling. Find your hive-mind as the story starts connecting and we tell one another a tale that we didn’t even know before we started telling it. Who knows what it will be about? All we know is you’ll leave buzzing with energy. Suitable for adults, families, anyone.

(This is the one session in which we don’t work with traditional stories.)


Medusa Producer – Sunday 20th January  – 2pm (3 hrs)

Venue: Canvas & Cream, 18 London Rd, Forest Hill SE23 3HF (1 min from Forest Hill overground and mainline rail station, right next to 185, 176 bus stop)

Contact us at to book, and for more information.

Oh, and…!

It’s always worth telling us you’re interested even if you can’t make the dates we list – you might be the tipping point that makes us schedule the next one!