An evening of tall tales

Pictured: Laura Williamson.Photo:  Doug Lilly

A group of storytellers from Wanaka are out to prove the old saying: truth is stranger than fiction at their event Tall Tales & True.

It will be an evening of stories told out loud, featuring seven performers telling seven truth-based tales at the Wanaka Yacht Club over three nights in August.

The group was set up to explore the different ways stories are told, and how narratives can express ideas bigger than their content.

The performers, Joel Herbert, Liz Breslin, Andrea Beryl, Gillian Pugh, Grace Bentley, Laura Williamson and Ben Clark, come from a mix of backgrounds, including acting, spoken word, public speaking and “talking crap at the pub”.

Their stories, which range from a dark look at the misogyny of “incel” culture to the story of a West Coast pioneer to “Love in a time of netball”, will be presented in different styles, drawing on traditional storytelling, readings and spoken word for inspiration.  

“We were originally going to call it ‘you can’t make this s**t up’, but we thought we might get censored,’” performer Laura Williamson said.

“The audience can expect to laugh a lot, feel moments of discomfort, and learn a thing or two about history and the people in our community.”

Tall Tales & True runs from Wednesday, August 15 to Friday, August 17, at the Wanaka Yacht Club. Doors open at 6.45pm, with tickets available by text on 027 414 1785.

Pictured: Laura Williamson. Photo: Doug Lilly


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