Welcome to TRUE STORY NIGHTS from Vienna Storytelling Collective at Volkstheater’s Rote Bar. To kick off 2024, we bring you another exciting line up of storytellers. As always, expect surprising, moving, hilarious and sometimes shockingly true stories. BBC drama/comedy producer Turan Ali is your host and welcomes you to a rollercoaster evening with gripping, high quality true stories – some from Vienna. Our ever-changing quartet of storytellers for each show includes novelists, comedians, radio, TV and film professionals, screenplay writers, journalists, performance poets, singer-songwriters and theatre-makers. It will feel like being the priest at a confessional ….except you don’t need to keep it all a secret!
WHAT THE AUDIENCES HAVE SAID : “Exhilarating”, “A brilliant evening every time”, “Funny and very moving”, “Incredibly frank and touching stories !”
True stories guaranteed to astonish, amuse and amaze you with their honesty.
In the line-up for our January 23rd TRUE STORY NIGHTS are storytellers Turan Ali, Liz Melchor and plus talented singer-songwriter Hanna-Maaria Tuomela.
Turan Ali has produced, directed and written BBC drama and comedy for over 20 years. He’s of Austrian-Turkish heritage, grew up in London and now lives in Vienna. He’s also a stage storyteller and stand-up comedian who has toured to London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Budapest and Edinburgh where he had a 5 star hit with his Queer Folks’ Tales storytelling show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023.
Liz Melchor is a writer and journalist, published in The Washington Post, Marie Claire, The Guardian, and New York Magazine's The Cut. Originally from San Francisco, she ran a very popular monthly storytelling event in Lisbon for 5 years before recently moving to Vienna. She also draws, using robots, some of which she built herself.
Paul Jacobs is an Austrian comedian, photographer, video editor and podcaster. He is
a popular stand-up comedian who has been performing at Vienna’s trendiest comedy clubs for the last few years and is one of the hosts of the podcast The Eurocentrist.
Hanna-Maaria Tuomela is a singer-songwriter and pianist originally from Helsinki, Finland. She publishes her own music under the name Maaria and has performed in Finland, Austria, Italy, Germany, Malaysia and Japan. In 2018 she came second in the competition X Factor Finland performing her own songs and can be seen on ORF1 in 2024 in the new series of „Die große Chance – Let's sing and dance.“
Join us for another exciting evening which shows why live storytelling is becoming, internationally, the next big thing. Book early – we are always sold out !