What’s your life’s story?

Confabulation showcases locals telling their own stories, live and on stage

By Kyle Wells

Everybody has a story, it’s said, and Confabulation is giving them a chance to tell it.

This storytelling show features locals telling true tales, live and on stage.

“True stories, by the people who lived them, as best as they can remember them, no props, no gimmicks, no script,” said producer and co-artistic director Cassandra Togneri. “It’s just the storyteller, the stage and the audience.”

Piggybacking off of existing Confabulation events in Montreal and Toronto, the Victoria version started in the fall of 2016, just the third to exist in the nation. Its first season consisted of 10 shows at the Victoria Event Centre, and its second season kicked off this September.

The concept has proven extremely popular, and there is now a devoted crew of storytellers and audience members alike who come to every show to participate and listen. All are encouraged to stay after the show to mingle and make new friends, and the organizers say they notice people start to tell their own stories, inspired by what they’ve seen and heard.

“We kind of discovered a community that didn’t really know it existed,” Togneri said.

The show’s storytellers are anybody who has a story and they come from all walks of life. Togneri and her co-artistic director Carol-Lynne Michaels have seen everyone from artists, poets, musicians, scientists and local celebrities, such as CBC’s Bob McDonald, to a psychologist, a military wife and a lawyer, take the stage and share their story.

“You get to look through someone else’s eyes and have a seven to 10 minute long deep-dive into what that person’s experience was,” said Michaels.

To take part, storytellers are asked to submit a rough outline of their story as far as possible before the show they want to participate in. Individual workshops are then held prior to the show to help the storytellers craft their tale.

“We will help you find your story, plan it out, find the important bits, get rid of the extra bits, shape it,” Togneri said.

Each event’s theme is intentionally broad, but do work to provide some focus. The November 16 event’s theme is War, Peace and Politics: stories of battle and alliances in professional, personal and societal spaces. “We want to see where people go with it, I think we’ll find some interesting stories that aren’t just about elections,” Togneri said. “I’m pretty interested to hear what kind of directions people go.”

For more information and/or to submit a story visit confabulation.ca.

Just Posted

REVIEW: A Doll’s House: Part 2 at the Belfry revisits fractured relationships

Sheila Martindale finds the characters in this imagined sequel engaging and accessible

Beloved musical The King and I coming to Victoria

Royal Theatre plays host to musical that was a smash hit on Broadway

Victoria Royals on a roll heading into WHL season opening weekend

Team looks to gain revenge on Prince George after pre-season loss to Cougars

Indian and Western music combine at the Mary Winspear

Harry Manx and Emily Carr String Quartet play Sept. 23

Trio of high-powered explorers unveiled for new NatGeo Live season

Royal and McPherson Theatres Society bringing next wave of presenters to town

Musicians take note at Victoria music industry conference

Emerging artists and industry professionals come together at Rifflandia Gathering

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ triumph at Emmys

In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most historically diverse field of nominees yet, the early awards all went solely to whites.

VIDEO: Young B.C. musician sings with the Foo Fighters

Stranger Than Fiction’s Madi Duncan from Port Alberni was invited up on stage at the Vancouver show

Victoria’s Ethiopian community welcomes in the year 2011

Area residents celebrate Ethiopian New Year on Sept. 12, based on the Julian calendar

Mansbridge: iconic Canadian newsman coming to Sidney

Former host of CBC’s The National part of Mary Winspear Centre speaker series

Could #MeToo lead to equal pay for actresses?

Salma Hyeck says these once-taboo topics are the talk of the town, leading to change both on- and off-screen

Ken Lavigne sings your favourites (and his) on Islands concert tour

Popular tenor performing seven concerts at six venues over six days

Most Read