Story Jam: Rough Crossings

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19th October 2017 @ 19:30 Europe/London Timezone
Canada Water Culture Space
21 Surrey Quays Rd
London SE16
£8 (£7 concessions)
Canada Water Culture Space
020 7525 2931

Story Jam: Rough Crossings

Canada Water Theatre presents Story Jam: Rough Crossings. Storyteller Phil Okwedy and The London Shanty Collective let rip a storm of stories and sea songs

In the second night in Story Jam Reel and Unravel season, Phil Okwedy and 20 singers from the  London Shanty Collective haul up tales that haunt humanity. In stories of the passage from life to death, it is seldom plain sailing and often the final destination is not what was bargained for. In stories of empire, the terrifying experience of the passage on the slave ship is known but largely ignored. Imagine, then, a story in which the suffering of the middle passage leads to the triumph of a final return home.

A profound, reflective and powerful night of tales that are particular and universal.

Plus, Jo Clayton brings us the second instalment in our serial story, The Little Beggar. If you missed Sian Kidd’s Episode One, then don’t worry – you can catch it on Youtube.

Phil Okwedy

Born in Cardiff to a Welsh mother and a Nigerian father, Phil Okwedy grew up in the wild west of Wales where he still lives and works. He has appeared in London at Torriano Story Night, and we are delighted welcome him to East London as we celebrate Black History Month.

The London Shanty Collective

The London Shanty Collective perform sea shanties and maritime songs in several languages, including English, French, Swedish and Cornish and the singers are from all over the world. They have recently performed at Hull Maritime Folk Festival, Hull Pride, Wilberforce House and the London Design Festival. The choir is committed to social justice and equality, and adapts folk songs to enable contemporary relevance in a way that honours the rich and sometimes chequered history surrounding them. The choir is led by Simon Harnden. Simon studied singing at Te Ko?ki?, New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.

Jo Clayton

Jo Clayton is a professional storyteller who telles traditional stories from all over the world. She has performed at the Southbank Centre, Storystock Circus, Dulwich Literary Festival, schools, clubs, community venues and numerous festival tents all over the UK. She was Storyteller in Residence at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Practitioner in Residence at Shakespeare’s Globe. She writes original children’s fiction and short stories for adults. / @Storycycler

Booking and on-site bar

Relax at the bar which will be open before during and after the stories

Ticket are £8 (£7 concessions) in advance or on the door

Box Office: You can book your tickets by phone 020 8692 4446 or online

  Tickets online available here

Story Jam | Thursday 19th October, 7:30pm
Ages 14+ | £8 / £7 concs.

About Story Jam

Story Jam July

Story Jam is a lively monthly night of stand-up storytelling from top professional tellers in Canada Water, London. Story Jam also take stories to other venues and schools, and make storytelling projects and run workshops.

Every month the pick of today’s professional tellers bring stories to tickle your ribs, raise your hair and set fire to your imagination. Expect tales as old as the hills and bang up-to-date, told every-which-way. From the Arctic to the Antipodes, epic to everyday, profound to profane, and downright silly, they’ve got it covered. Pin back your ears, raise your glass and get stuck in to Story Jam.

Hosted by Lucy Lill and Alys Torrance, South London’s popular longstanding night is currently in residence at Canada Water Culture Space. Come in and have a look around.   @StoryJam   StoryJam



Canada Water Culture Space, an intimate 150 seat theatre showcasing the best in new work, comedy, contemporary theatre, dance and music. Located on the ground floor of the Canada Water Library, the Culture Space is programmed by the Albany in partnership with Southwark Council.  @CWCultureSpace  Canada-Water-Culture-Space

Canada Water Culture Space Location

Late arrivals

Due to the nature of the performance space, latecomers may not be admitted to some performances after the advertised start time. Please ensure you arrive at the venue at least 10 minutes prior to performance start time. Re-admittance to performances will not always be possible, and is at the discretion of Canada Water Culture Space staff.

Culture Café & Bar

Enjoy a warm welcome in our family-friendly Culture Café, overlooking the water. Indulge in a tempting toastie, a freshly prepared salad, or a great coffee or tea made to your liking with a delicious cake.

Coming to see a show? The Culture Café has a range of snacks, wine, beers and other drinks to accompany your evening’s entertainment, pre and post show.

Regular Opening hours Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5pm Sat: 9:30am – 4pm Sun: 10am – 3pm

Canada Water Library Opening times

Canada Water Library is open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 12noon to 4pm. Evening opening according to performance and events schedule

Getting there

Canada Water Library and Culture Space is situated directly above Canada Water station (Jubilee line and London overground). Exit the station towards Surrey Quays Shopping Centre.

Buses: 199, 1, 225, 47, 188, 381, C10, P12


There is wheelchair access throughout the building. Induction loops are available




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