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The Flame: The Nanaimo Stories


September 24th 2pm 

The Flame: The Nanaimo Stories

The Flame is doing it's first Nanaimo based events!   Starting with a 2 day Flame Storytelling workshop  (sold out) and ending with a 2pm   Flame Storytelling Afternoon with  Syd Bosel, Helen Schneiderman,  Barbara Densmore,  Pat Forrest,  Rachel Muller  and more.  With special musical guest Danielle Lebeau-Petersen!   

(limited festival seating on stage with performers)

The award-winning actor and a creator of Mom’s the Word, Deborah Williams is bringing the hit storytelling event, The Flame, to the Port Theatre.

The Flame is a storytelling series that features real people sharing their personal true stories in front of a live audience.

Since its inception in 2009, The Flame has flourished and grown into a wildly popular event that packs venues wherever it goes.

Storytelling workshop (for those interested) 2 days prior to event (sold out) 

Adults $40 | Members $35 | Students $20 (with valid student ID)

The Flame Victoria:
Two-Day Storytelling Workshop


Saturday, September 30

Sunday,  October 1st 

Celebrate your voice, and who you are! Learn the tools you need to turn your lived experience into an engaging tale—or the genesis of a one-person show.

Deborah Williams—co-founder of The Flame in Vancouver and Victoria—returns to the Belfry to lead another friendly and inspiring workshop for experienced and first-time storytellers. An award-winning actor, writer, and director, Deborah is one of the creators of the international phenomenon known as Mom’s the Word.

This is a TWO DAY workshop, and participants must be able to attend both days (Sep 30 and Oct 1, 10am - 4pm each day). Price for both days is $150.00 (plus GST). Register online or call the Belfry Box Office at 250-385-6815. Space is limited.

The Victoria Flame:
Arms Wide Open Edition


Monday, October 2nd

The First Flame of the Belfy Season is full to the brim with extraordinary artists!   Alex McCallum,  Julie Marrast,  Olvie  Li, Tafadzwa Matamba, Sandra Hough, Rose Cortez,  Coulee

and Raine Hermosa


With special musical guests 

Amy and Tafadzwa Matamba

This event takes place in the Belfry Lobby; seating is first-come, first-served -- those arriving later may find standing room only. Lobby opens at 6pm.

Tickets for this event are PAY WHAT YOU CAN. Online prices are suggestions only. For more pricing options, call the box office

(250-385-6815). A $2.00 CIF + GST will be added to the price of each ticket.


Monday Oct 2, 2023  7pm


Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave, Victoria, BC V8T 1G5, Canada 

Call for 19- 35 year old Storytellers



Pitch due Sept 18th 2023

Performance dates June 2024

Do you want to:

  • Showcase your talents and creativity?

  • Learn from a seasoned storyteller and comedian?

  • Perform in a new piece of theatre at the Nest Theatre?

  • Have fun with other performers of all kinds?

If you are a 19 – 35 yrs. old non-union performer/creative human with a second language and some special skills, apply for the One of a Kind workshop and play development intensive!

One of a Kind is a project by Deb Williams, the co founder and producer of The Flame, Vancouver’s longest-running storytelling event and co creator of the Mom's the Word quintet of hit plays.   For the month of May  2024 she will teach you how to create and perform using your own stories. As part of the Vancouver International Children's Festival  you will see shows  and connect with artists from around the world.   At the end of the workshop, you will perform for a one-week run at the Nest Theatre and receive a TYA performance fee.

This is a rare chance to develop your artistic voice, learn new skills, and be part of something one of a kind! To apply, send a letter of interest, headshot and resume to by September 18th, 2023. The audition date will be confirmed later. For more information, visit

One of a Kind | The Flame

Don’t miss this opportunity! Apply today and get ready to unleash your creativity!

Send your letter of interest, resume and headshot to

Good Grief:
A Personal Storytelling workshop
"Death, Dying, and Remembering Our Dead  


Saturday, October 7th

Sunday, October & 8th

 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Good Grief at Mountain View Cemetery. Oct 7th & 8th 2023

Using the transformation power of personal storytelling, we will learn how to share our experiences of loss, grief and death - and the places of connections, love and even laughter - and how sharing our story can be a gift to ourselves and others.

Held in community with tenderness, this 2 day in-person intimate gathering is skilfully facilitated by Award Winning writer/ storyteller Deborah Williams, creator of The Flame and supported by ritualist / artist Marina Szijarto, co creator of All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery.

October 7th & 8th from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm.

Inside the beautiful Celebration Hall at Mountain View Cemetery.

Tea and cookies provided. No prior experience required. All welcome.

$150.00 ( some scholarships available, please contact us).

Spaces are limited to provide a safe and intimate experience for all participants.

presented by All Souls /Mountain View Cemetery and Deborah Williams / The Flame

The Flame 
Back Home Again at Chutzpah!


Monday, November 6th  

8 pm

November 6, 2023 at 8pm
Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre

Back by popular demand! The Flame curates another moving and hilarious evening of storytelling featuring a multicultural lineup and musical guests.

The Flame is a fiery, Vancouver-based grassroots storytelling series where Real People share their personal True Stories in front of a live audience under the direction of Artistic Director and Host Deb Williams. This year’s edition includes storytellers Bukkie Adewuyi, Ying Ling, Spencer Danco, Nic Enright-Morin, Jeff Rotin, Patrick Keating, and more, with special musical guest LittleFox.

Have a real, true story you want to tell? Deb Williams offers a daylong storytelling workshop on November 12.

Date: November 6, 2023

Time: 8pm

Running Time: 90 minutes

Tickets: $40 Regular; $34 Senior/Student
A ChutzPack eligible show

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