Worum es bei uns geht

We are a group of dedicated professional writers who, since 2019 have been growing Vienna’s community of story tellers, of all sorts. If you write short stories, or are a poet, a singer-song writer, a personal essayist, a novelist, a stand-up comedian, or create stories in forms we haven’t heard of yet, then you are a story teller and you should come and join us. Also, if you like to hear great stories - our events are for you.
Our two monthly evenings of live storytelling always involve established, professional writers from the worlds of book publishing, radio, TV, film, comedy, poetry or song writing, as well as, at the Open Mic, aspiring writers in any of these categories. The mix is different every month. All stories are in English.
We have 2 events each month.

  1. The 3rd Thursday of each month is our ever-popular OPEN MIC STORYTELLING at Cafe Korb, Brandstätte 7 (in Vienna’s 1st district) at 7pm which has been running for over 3 years. It is open to anyone to tell a story, or a poem or a song they have written themselves. If you ever want to tell a story please get in touch in advance. You can also arrive by 6.45pm to see if we can get your name on the list. We usually fit everyone in. There is a theme each month. But it is also just as much fun to come and watch/listen, and enjoy our wide array of storytellers, poets and singer-songwriters who perform each month. The Open Mic is free and we ask for donations on the night. RSVP to the event to reserve a space. (Details below for potential storytellers).
  2. The other monthly event is called TRUE STORY NIGHTS. This is not an Open Mic, but an evening of professional storytellers, where 4 storytellers tell 2 amazingly true stories each, one in each half of the show. From October 12th 2022 it will take place in the very stylish Rote Bar cabaret theatre at the very grand Volkstheater. This event is a ticketed event. You can see details in our Events section. Tickets for October 12th are just 12 Euros (7 Euros concessions) and go on sale at Volkstheater and online from Sept. 5th

    Both evenings are posted in our Events section a few weeks in advance. They are both exciting and popular evenings and are always full, so, please RSVP for the Open Mic or buy a ticket in advance for the True Story Nights.

    OPEN MIC NIGHTS – RULES FOR STORYTELLERS
    If you ever want to tell a story at our popular Open Mic nights, please get in touch here or via our Facebook page @viennastorytelling in advance. You can also arrive by 6.45pm to see if we can get your name on the list. We usually fit everyone in.
    We are very nice. We don’t bite. No one gets booed off, so consider sharing your work. Or come along and enjoy the stories of our ever-changing range of storytellers each month and think about telling a s tory at a later date. .
    Each month we have a theme - stories/contributions based on that month’s theme will be given preference for inclusion in the evening, if our list of storytellers is getting full.
    Many new friendships have been made through our storytelling evenings, as well as professional collaborations and confidence-boosting for those who want to check out their writing in front of an audience. Vienna’s Sunday Writer’s Club members are frequent contributors to our evenings with their latest stories.
    We ask that you respect these rough time guidelines, so as many people as possible get a chance to participate.
    • short story (max. 8 minutes)
    • poetry (max. 5 minutes reading time)
    • novel excerpt (max. 8 minutes)
    • song (max. 5 minutes)
    • stand-up comedy (max. 5 minutes)

    Invited special guests are given longer at the end of the evening.
    Bring your stories, songs, comedy, novel excerpts, poetry, and whatever else you have written and join us for a fun-filled and supportive evening. Or just come and listen, and be transported to other places and experiences.
    We hope to see you at one of our monthly events.

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True Story Nights (at Volkstheater) SOLD OUT

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THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT - BUT WE HAVE OTHER TRUE STORY NIGHTS COMING ON NOV 30TH AND DEC 22ND - SO BOOK EARLY WHEN THEY ARE ANNOUNCED.
Our hugely popular TRUE STORY NIGHTS from Vienna Storytelling Collective is moving to the Rote Bar theatre at the very grand Volkstheater! Since April 2022 exciting professional storytellers have been playing to full houses in Vienna, with surprising, moving, hilarious and sometimes shockingly true stories. Now, BBC drama/comedy producer and host Turan Ali welcomes you to the Volkstheater's Rote Bar for an exciting evening with eight gripping, high quality true stories – some from Vienna – from a different set of storytellers per show. Our line-ups include novelists, comedians, radio, TV and film professionals, screenplay writers, performance poets and theatre-makers. It will feel like being the priest at a confessional …. except you don’t need to keep it all a secret ! And to help us launch the new True Story Nights at Volkstheater is Austria's favourite drag queen - Tamara Mascara.

There are only 100 seats - so book early. Tickets available from Volkstheater online or box office.
https://www.volkstheater.at/produktion/1494643/true-story-nights/
Please help us make a success of this amazing move to one of Vienna's grandest theatres ! Tickets only 12 Euros (7 Euros concessions)

What the audiences have said:
“Exhilarating”, “A brilliant evening every time”, “Funny and very moving”, “Incredible stories!”

Join us on October 12th for a great line up:
Turan Ali has produced, directed and written BBC drama and comedy for 20+ years. Since 2012 he has been a stage storyteller and more recently a stand up comedian, with shows touring to London, Vienna, Amsterdam and Edinburgh. Ali is half Austrian.
Tamara Mascara is one of the most famous drag queens in Austria. She is also a celebrated DJ and is an icon on the scene for her wild parties and performances. Austria knows her from appearing in "Dancing Stars" and her colourful past means she has many amazing stories to tell. Prepare for Tamara as you've never heard her before - confessional storyteller !
Tom Crawley is a Vienna-based, actor, theatre director and translator. He regularly appears in Austrian theatre, solo performances, in film and on TV. In 2019 he directed Sarah Kane's Blasted for Mental Eclipse Theater House and Vienna Theatre Project.
Anna Esterbauer is a Vienna-based writer and storyteller who has performed in poetry slams and many storytelling evenings. Her stories focus mostly on the lives of women and on the contradictions surrounding all of us.
(Tamara's photo credit: @davidemanuel_fotografie)

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