When I tell this story, it feels like ACTUAL Time Travel

Sitting in the packed room, I was trembling with nerves – and excitement. I’d been daydreaming about doing this for almost a year – and now it was actually happening.

After obsessively listening to every Moth story I could get my hands on, I’d spent months wondering what my story would be, if I ever told one on stage. At the time, this seemed like some kind of magical dream that might never happen – after all, The Moth was a show in New York; I lived in London. But I love a daydream, and so I continued to wonder. And figured it would most likely be something to do with my (very eccentric, mostly Russian) family.

I then discovered True Stories Told Live – a London show, inspired by the Moth, that had offshoots in other cities. I was a monthly attendee and massive fan and, after they’d seen me at every show, they’d ask me to tell my own story onstage.

There I was, about to finally do it. And when I did – telling the story you’re about to hear – I had the strangest feeling:

It felt like time travel. Like I’d travelled back in time, to when the story had happened and – most wonderfully – like I’d got to spend time with my beloved Granny again.

I recently told a version of the story at my friend Sage Tyrtle’s High Stakes Storytelling show, and I’d love you to hear it. This time – like every time I tell it, I felt like I was there again, climbing into her bed as she slept, holding her tiny, trembling hand. Here:

If YOU have a powerful story you want (or need!) to tell – on stage or on video, or even just on your About page – I’d LOVE to help you with it. It’s literally my favourite thing to do (I’m always HIGH AS A KITE after every story coaching session I do, no lie). You can find out about story coaching for stage and screen here: yesyesmarsha.com/storycoaching, or about how to tease out, shape and then tell your “Why” story in the most compelling way you can, here: yesyesmarsha.com/whystory.

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xx (Yes Yes) Marsha



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  • Anne

    Reply Reply March 9, 2016


    I save your emails and read them as a treat every time they come in. Tonight I watched this video, and you had me at the first word. You’re an inspiring, masterful storyteller. And you’re on my “dream list” of people to work with. Thank you for sharing this story. It is, and you are, beautiful. And god bless your granny, she sounds like such a joyful (if terrifying) spirit.

    • Marsha (Yes Yes Marsha)

      Marsha Shandur

      Reply Reply March 10, 2016

      Anne. Anne!!

      First of all, thank you for that first line.
      Secondly, so many more nice words.
      Finally: I took a look at your site, and MAN do you have a story. Now *you’re on my “dream list” of people to work with, too!

      Thank you from me and from my Granny :)


      • Anne

        Reply Reply March 12, 2016

        You are deeply welcome. Some people have biscuits with their tea. I enjoy some Shandur verbal sweets with mine whenever they arrive :-) There’s another part to my story that you can link to if you check out the PY FB page… there’s a radio interview there that might illuminate things a bit. Thank you so much for your kind words about my site. I feel like a good part of my whole heart is in there. I’m digi-blushing…

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