You may have noticed that we at Annexe HQ love the storytelling extravaganza that is Liars’ League. How could we not? There is something almost illicit about Liars’ League. An eager audience flows into a darkened basement to hear secret stories. The out-of-time setting conjures up a future where storytelling has been outlawed and enigmatic speakeasies have emerged in the shadows of the city.
So, as a little extra, we caught up with Liars’ League leading lady Katy Darby to chat about defending the fort of fiction, performance/prose fusion and a christmas no.1.
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We are joined once more by guest writer Pauline Stobbs who is giving a run-down of the brilliant Liars’ League.
Liars’ League was born from a mutual love of live readings of new writing. What differs in this monthly event is the acknowledgement that the writer is not always the best person to read. By recognising this simple truth, Liars’ League matches contemporary stories with professional actors, and manages to harvest the best of both talents. Brilliant characters, landscapes and plots are transformed by the expert adoption of accents, mannerisms and subtle lilts. For the writer it must be enchanting to see their work sculpted so by a performer.
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“Writers write. Actors read. Audience listens. Everybody wins.”
What a fantastic idea! It seems so simple, but this is the brilliant concept behind the Liars’ League.
I love seeing authors read their work. It is always interesting to hear them read their own work. However, writers are writers because they write. Not because they speak. The oration skills are the privilege of the actors. This is one of the many reasons Liars’ League excels. From melodrama to gripping tragedy, on the second Tuesday of every month The Phoenix becomes a haven for storytelling. They call it ‘live fiction’ and I would be inclined to agree. Each story is brought to (larger than) life by an actor reading from a hefty black tome in which the months entries are collected.
In this age where literary events are either big name, big venue affairs or grassroots collective events, Liars’ League does an admirable job of bridging the gap. It is still a fairly small venture, but with the quality that they present consistently, it feels like a huge adventure every time.
The next Liars’ League is on Tuesday July 12 and in celebration of the our unconvincing summer weather the theme is Hot & Bothered.
The Phoenix is at 37 Cavendish Square, five minutes from Oxford Circus Tube.
Have a look at their website for a taster of the Liar’s League with stories and videos of past events.
Photo by ifsoever. See his flickr here.