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Our first True Stories of 2012

Carolyn Drake, Jeff Poulter, Kerry Shale, Betsy De Lotbiniere, Laurel Lefkow, Piney Gir and her guitarist Garo Nahoulakian

This was the first True Stories Told Live in which the audience had been convened via our first-come first served automatic booking system and it seemed to go strangely well. We had approximately the traditional mix of first-timers and been-befores and, as usual, the “audience” proved themselves every bit as important to the success of the evening as the “turns”.

The first of these was Laurel Lefkow, currently starring in Radio 4′s morning drama “Ethan Frome”, who related the story of how the peremptory firing of her journalist father led to a childhood of hazardous happiness in India. She was followed by Jeff Poulter, who talked about how a motorcycling holiday down the left coast of America climaxed in a bizarre encounter with a geoduck, one of the creatures that exists to remind us what a strange place that country is. Piney Gir, our musical turn, who was somewhat delayed by having mistakenly turned up at the home of host Kerry Shale, regaled us with a story from her childhood scrapbook and sang “River Song” from her new album “Geronimo!”.

Following the break Carolyn Drake held the room rapt while she recounted the events following the difficult birth of her daughter and finally Betsy De Lotbiniere recalled the year when she decided to spend the festive season in Scotland, despite being heavily pregnant and not realising the extent of the nation’s devotion to the celebration of the New Year.

In other news, Kerry Shale’s play, “The Prince Of West End Lane”, is being given a staged reading at the Globe on January 29th.

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