Inspired by NAIDOC week - which celebrates Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders' achievements - our friends at tenx9 Adelaide hosted stories linked to the experience of Indigenous People with the theme “It’s never black & white”. Here are three: Dana who gives thanks for her Chinese grandparents; Lauren who realised she needed to learn before questioning; Kurt who knew so much about loss. Dani & Mel are your hosts. (Please be aware - these stories feature racism, addiction & suicide.)
No one gets out of this alive - the theme was Pets on January 16th in the Black Box in Belfast. Here are two more stories from that evening: Paul Hutchinson explores the dark side of life & death with Lucky the cat; Richard O’Leary remembers childhood companion Larry the hen with much fondness while Paul pays a brief homage to Chequer the kitten.
There are four tenx9s currently running in Australia (2019) and here are three stories from our friends in Adelaide when the theme was Travel in Sept 2017: Mel Lambert & Dani Madsen kick off with an Acknowledgement of Country before Mel tells her story of a friendship that endured many travels; Ben Roberts tells of a walk in the hills that changed his life; Lachlan Marshall on family travels.
Here is one from the archives: Comedy Night Sept 2016 & our first ever recording. Three stories: Tori McKinstry & her beloved granny with an ABC of swear words; Eric Thompson who found love with under-cooked lentils & cheesecake soup; a reprise of Aíne McParland & the joys of the confessional. Pádraig & Paul are your hosts.
Cats, dogs, rabbits & a crow - four stunning stories on the theme of Pets told in a packed Black Box on 16 January 2019: Sarah Hughes who remembers her Precious 30 years on; Iain McLean whose dog helped the family survive a bomb attack; Paul Whittington who - despite his surname - considered the “£25 option” for Molly the cat; Lydia Searle who is sure her rabbit is in pet Heaven. Paul & Padraig are the hosts with some pet tales of their own - yes, including a crow.
Recorded in March 2017, here are three stories of secrets & lies: Malachi O’Doherty and the secret of how “Pipe” got his nickname; Jane Searle on the family secret that had almost gone to the grave; Richard O’Leary and the one secret he kept from his mum. Pádraig & Paul were the hosts in the Black Box, Belfast.
Patricia Hughes made her tenx9 debut with this story at our Christmas evening on 19 December 2018…proof that a pet is not just for Xmas.
It was a collaboration with the NI Human Rights Festival & the theme was JUSTICE. Here are two more stories from that event on December 9 2018: first up Paul Doran with a story of a march in 1972 in Derry that changed things forever & Sean Mullin who witnessed events in Hebron that changed him forever.
On December 19th 2018 we had our Christmas-themed tenx9. Here are two stories that were told that evening: Helen McClements and her winter wedding “because it never snows that much in Ireland” & Jane Searle with her story of when the Brits came to dinner.
Father & son Paul & Jake Bond told a story each at our Belfast-themed evening on 28 November 2018. Jake was a first-timer with a story of being an outsider in Monaghan because of a Belfast accent while Paul shared the story of Aunt Minnie from Belfast & an actual Mercedes. Paul Doran is your host.