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Tale-Spinners 2018

Your Story on Stage – again!

Following the success of our Tale Spinners events in April and May of this year we shall be running another series next January.

Other Lives Productions in conjunction with the East Riding Theatre again invites you to spin a tale, fact or fiction. Submissions of original work are invited and you will be asked to read your own story at the event.

Anyone can enter. Stories must be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length, and submitted via a Word document attached to an email, with TALE SPINNER 2 in the subject line to Your name, telephone number, email address, and which of the first six dates you are available to come and read your tale, if selected (more than one option gives us flexibility) must appear at the top of the title page of your submission, which should arrive no later than 30th November 2017.

As before, the main aim of the evening will be entertainment, but there will be a competitive element in that at the end of each evening there will be a prize-giving based upon audience votes. The winners of each of the six rounds plus the best two or three runners-up will go through to the final.

There is no entry fee for the stories, but the audience will be charged and this will fund some prizes and pay for venues.

Venues are (all performances 7.30pm):

East Riding Theatre on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th (01482 874050)

Lund Village Hall on Saturday 20th (01482 862752)

Swanland Village Hall on Sunday 21st (01482 862752)

The Ropery, Barton-upon-Humber on Wednesday 24th (01652 660380)

The Old Chapel, North Dalton on Friday 26th (01377 217625)

Bishop Burton Village Hall on Sunday 28th (01482 862752)

East Riding Theatre on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st (01482 874050)

The last date will be the final in the main auditorium of the theatre

If you have any queries about these events, please email us on


During the first half of 2017 we mounted platform performances of Dylan Thomas’s

Under Milk Wood

at the East Riding Theatre.

All performances were sold out, but we plan revivals there and/or a tour of East Riding villages.

Watch this space





 In Spring 2015 and Autumn 2016

we toured with Patrick Garland’s

Brief Lives

a highly amusing one-man show which follows a day in the life of


John Aubrey

the seventeenth century diarist

See audience reaction at

“Everything is here – wit, farce, tragedy, pathos – often bawdy, frequently uproariously funny. A truly delightful entertainment.”The Guardian


Old John Aubrey takes his audience by the hand and, with a twinkle in his eye, leads you through a day late in his life, launching into wicked tales.  He regales you with tales of his contemporaries – Oliver Cromwell, Charles II, Nell Gwyn – and stories gleaned as a child from folk who knew the likes of Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, Sir Walter Raleigh. By turns he is a stand-up comic, a philosopher, a lodger in a garret room suffering crying babies and other noisy co-tenants. Once he starts speaking to you he is like the Ancient Mariner – you cannot choose but hear.

Funded by the Arts Council of Great Britain

and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council


In February Other Lives Productions presented a short tour entitled


 A fireside entertainment of tales to chase away the last of Winter

 Readings and semi-dramatisations,

including a guest appearance from the past

Featuring Richard Avery

(formerly of the Royal Shakespeare Company)


Neil King

(John Aubrey in Brief Lives)

Funded by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council


In September and October 2016 Other Lives actors Richard Avery, Neil King and Gordon Meredith appeared in the East Riding Theatre’s production of Hamlet


 Future plans include productions of

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

(A revival of our 2012 production at the East Riding Theatre and other venues in October and November 2018)

Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist

and a revival of Christmas at Arles

(our 2008 play about Gaughin and Van Gogh)

If you would like news of our forthcoming shows, do email us on and we’ll place you on our e-circulation list

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