Stor{m}y Nights


photo: Jono Whitehead

Stor{m}y Nights is an evening of short acts and tall tales, inspired by the idea that everyone and everything tells stories; that the telling of stories is woven into the fabric of daily life, and that truth is often stranger than fiction.

Stor{m}y Nights was started in the Seven Stars pub, Penryn, Cornwall in 2013 by Katie Etheridge and Simon Persighetti. They started thinking about how the local is such a great place for conversation and the telling of stories. One of the most popular and enduring subjects of conversation in the pub of course is Penryn itself: past, present, and future. So they decided to see what happens if you cross a post-modern cabaret night with storytelling and local history, and throw in sketches, short films and special guests. Stor{m}y Nights was the result. They named their night after one of the most famous and parodied phrases in literature, an opening line that has become shorthand for melodramatic story telling, “It was a dark and stormy night..

Guest contributors include local performers and makers, pub regulars and other local experts sharing their stories, knowledge and research in a variety of ways. A recent edition of Stor{m}y Nights featured folklorist Steve Patterson, Hope & Anchor’s moving panorama, Chaz Wenmoth on the Penryn Granite works, Rachael Jones’s film Penryn Forever, the Pub Cats Diary, Selling the Wind, and a dancing Bishop. Previous Stor{m}y Nights acts have included The Jeremy Kyle show in Cornish, a talk on Penryn’s Violetta Thurston, automata, puppet theatres, sound poetry, lip-sync, short films, readings, and dances for very small spaces.

Stor{m}y Nights Crowd

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