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Barefaced Stories is a platform for those who surrender to the chaos of being human.  Raw, honest, self-aware – our storytellers wear their bloody beating hearts on their sleeves and are some of the bravest folk you’ll see.

Stories are told live onstage, without notes in Australia.
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Jessica Brooke steps into the world of bodybuilding at 19, trading her sneakers for heels and embarking on a journey of discipline, strength, and self-discovery. A story of transformation—where intense workouts sculpt her body but also test her limits, pushing her to the brink. Recorded live at Barefaced Stories at Fremantle Arts Centre, the theme of the night was ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD. NEXT SHOW: One Small Step, WA Museum 13 April is SOLD OUT, however tickets to the No Pressure, No Diamonds @ The Rechabite Hall are available to book HERE.  Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Connect with Us: Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth – Swing by for the latest. Instagram: @BarefacedStories – For all the behind-the-scenes action. Twitter: @BrutallyFranko – Straight-up chat, no fluff. Email: info@barefaced.com.au – drop us a line anytime! Podcast Host & Production Wizard: Andrea Gibbs the voice guiding you through each story, making sure you're always in for a good time. Musical Vibes: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Pics & Vids: Lewis Martin, whose photography and videography immortalise the raw emotion of live storytelling. Marketing & Social Guru: Leah Sellwood – She's the one spreading the word, getting our stories out there on your feeds. Big Cheers to Our Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery – They craft spirits as bold and unique as our storytellers. So there you have it – the crew behind Barefaced Stories Official Podcast. Tune in, kick back, and enjoy a new story each week!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Cody Cameron-Brown, works at Luna Cinema and has crafted thousands of Perth’s finest choc bombs.  One day, out of nowhere, Guns 'n Roses strolls in.  More than a surprise — it's a dive into the past.  Cody lands face to face with his younger self, the music that defined him and one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Recorded live at Barefaced Stories, the theme of the night was Celebrity & Stardom. NEXT SHOW: One Small Step, WA Museum 13 April BOOK HERE Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Connect with Us: Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth – Swing by for the latest. Instagram: @BarefacedStories – For all the behind-the-scenes action. Twitter: @BrutallyFranko – Straight-up chat, no fluff. Email: info@barefaced.com.au – drop us a line anytime! Podcast Host & Production Wizard: Andrea Gibbs the voice guiding you through each story, making sure you're always in for a good time. Musical Vibes: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Pics & Vids: Lewis Martin, whose photography and videography immortalise the raw emotion of live storytelling. Marketing & Social Guru: Leah Sellwood – She's the one spreading the word, getting our stories out there on your feeds. Big Cheers to Our Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery – They craft spirits as bold and unique as our storytellers. So there you have it – the crew behind Barefaced Stories Official Podcast. Tune in, kick back, and enjoy a new story each week!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Steve Rodgers is the the kind of guy you root for: earnest, eager, and with a cheeky genuine grin. He lands a role alongside Hugo Weaving - yes, the Hugo Weaving. And in an open rehearsal for the media the cast begin doing trust falls. You know, that exercise where your partner catches you? Steve's paired up with Hugo, and let's just say things don't go to plan. A disaster, all in front of cameras, journalists, the works. Recorded live at Barefaced Stories, the theme of the night was Fall From Grace. NEXT SHOW: Celebrity & Stardom, 28 Mar BOOK HERE Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Connect with Us: Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth – Swing by for the latest. Instagram: @BarefacedStories – For all the behind-the-scenes action. Twitter: @BrutallyFranko – Straight-up chat, no fluff. Email: info@barefaced.com.au – drop us a line anytime! Podcast Host & Production Wizard: Andrea Gibbs the voice guiding you through each story, making sure you're always in for a good time. Musical Vibes: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Pics & Vids: Lewis Martin, whose photography and videography immortalize the raw emotion of live storytelling. Marketing & Social Guru: Leah Sellwood – She's the one spreading the word, getting our stories out there on your feeds. Big Cheers to Our Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery – They craft spirits as bold and unique as our storytellers. So there you have it – the crew behind Barefaced Stories Official Podcast. Tune in, kick back, and enjoy a new story each week!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We pay tribute to a true trailblazer, Georgina Beyer, whose legacy stretches far beyond the beautiful mountains of New Zealand. 🇳🇿 Georgina Beyer, a figure of courage and resilience, made history as the world's first openly transgender mayor. Her journey was not without its hard yakka, but her spirit, undeterred, blazed a path for sex workers, LGBTQ+ rights, and the Māori community. 🌈🔥 Last year, at 65, Georgina left us, but her stories and battles continue to inspire. In 2018, she took the stage at Barefaced Stories during the NZ International Arts Festival, sharing her incredible life story—marked by challenge, change, and triumph. 🎙️💔 Join us in celebrating Georgina's life and legacy. Listen to her voice, her story, and let's carry forward the torch of change she lit so fiercely. 🔊❤️ NEXT SHOW: Celebrity & Stardom, 28 Mar BOOK HERE Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Connect with Us: Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth – Swing by for the latest. Instagram: @BarefacedStories – For all the behind-the-scenes action. Twitter: @BrutallyFranko – Straight-up chat, no fluff. Email: info@barefaced.com.au – drop us a line anytime! Podcast Host & Production Wizard: Andrea Gibbs the voice guiding you through each story, making sure you're always in for a good time. Musical Vibes: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Pics & Vids: Lewis Martin, whose photography and videography immortalize the raw emotion of live storytelling. Marketing & Social Guru: Leah Sellwood – She's the one spreading the word, getting our stories out there on your feeds. Big Cheers to Our Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery – They craft spirits as bold and unique as our storytellers. So there you have it – the crew behind Barefaced Stories Official Podcast. Tune in, kick back, and enjoy a new story each week!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ben Sutton's leap into the role of Fintan Goolan wasn't just an acting gig—it brought him face-to-face with a horse named Warrior. Recorded live at Barefaced Stories, the theme of the night was A Spot of Bother. NEXT SHOW: Celebrity & Stardom, 28 Mar BOOK HERE Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Connect with Us: Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth – Swing by for the latest. Instagram: @BarefacedStories – For all the behind-the-scenes action. Twitter: @BrutallyFranko – Straight-up chat, no fluff. Email: info@barefaced.com.au – drop us a line anytime! Podcast Host & Production Wizard: Andrea Gibbs the voice guiding you through each story, making sure you're always in for a good time. Musical Vibes: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Pics & Vids: Lewis Martin, whose photography and videography immortalize the raw emotion of live storytelling. Marketing & Social Guru: Leah Sellwood – She's the one spreading the word, getting our stories out there on your feeds. Big Cheers to Our Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery – They craft spirits as bold and unique as our storytellers. So there you have it – the crew behind Barefaced Stories Official Podcast. Tune in, kick back, and enjoy a new story each week!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies. And, as Alexandra Geneve reflects, it is also the largest witness to the lives we lead. This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Perth, the theme of the night was TURNING POINTS, November 26, 2020. NEXT SHOW: Celebrity & Stardom, 28 Mar BOOK HERE Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Connect with Us: Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth – Swing by for the latest. Instagram: @BarefacedStories – For all the behind-the-scenes action. Twitter: @BrutallyFranko – Straight-up chat, no fluff. Email: info@barefaced.com.au – drop us a line anytime! Podcast Host & Production Wizard: Andrea Gibbs the voice guiding you through each story, making sure you're always in for a good time. Musical Vibes: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Pics & Vids: Lewis Martin, whose photography and videography immortalize the raw emotion of live storytelling. Marketing & Social Guru: Leah Sellwood – She's the one spreading the word, getting our stories out there on your feeds. Big Cheers to Our Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery – They craft spirits as bold and unique as our storytellers. So there you have it – the crew behind Barefaced Stories Official Podcast. Tune in, kick back, and enjoy a new story each week!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Cheyne Pearce is on the cusp of securing a once-in-a-lifetime mobile phone deal when, mysteriously, the call with the telco salesman drops. Upon redialing, Cheyne discovers, to his disbelief, that the incredible deal has “vanished”. Refusing to take 'no' for an answer, Cheyne embarks on a telephonic odyssey - days on hold, elevator music, scribbling notes and names like a detective tryin’ to crack a case. It's the classic David vs. Goliath showdown, but in a world ruled by call centers and customer service scripts. This story was told on 25 Feb, 2020 - the theme of the night was ‘On Second Thought’. NEXT SHOW: Leap of Faith, 29 Feb BOOK HERE Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Connect with Us: Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth – Swing by for the latest. Instagram: @BarefacedStories – For all the behind-the-scenes action. Twitter: @BrutallyFranko – Straight-up chat, no fluff. Email: info@barefaced.com.au – drop us a line anytime! Podcast Host & Production Wizard: Andrea Gibbs the voice guiding you through each story, making sure you're always in for a good time. Musical Vibes: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Pics & Vids: Lewis Martin, whose photography and videography immortalize the raw emotion of live storytelling. Marketing & Social Guru: Leah Sellwood – She's the one spreading the word, getting our stories out there on your feeds. Big Cheers to Our Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery – They craft spirits as bold and unique as our storytellers. So there you have it – the crew behind Barefaced Stories Official Podcast. Tune in, kick back, and enjoy a new story each week!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Armed with tins of food, wet wipes, and magazines, Tiffany Moffat's not your average camper. Her adventure? A tree sit in the Beelier Wetlands, living on a precarious platform to halt road construction, where every day is a tussle with the police and the thrill of potential arrest. This gripping and funny story about environmental activism featured at Barefaced Stories, under the night's theme: Fearless, July 2022. Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. NEXT SHOW: Leap of Faith, 29 Feb BOOK HERE Connect with Us: YouTube: @BarefacedStories – Watch the storyteller magic.  Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth – Swing by for the latest. Instagram: @BarefacedStories – For all the behind-the-scenes action. Twitter: @BrutallyFranko – Straight-up chat, no fluff. Email: info@barefaced.com.au – Drop us a line anytime! Podcast Host & Production Wizard: Andrea Gibbs the voice guiding you through each story, making sure you're always in for a good time. Musical Vibes: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Pics & Vids: Lewis Martin, whose photography and videography immortalize the raw emotion of live storytelling. Marketing & Social Guru: Leah Sellwood – She's the one spreading the word, getting our stories out there on your feeds. Big Cheers to Our Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery – They craft spirits as bold and unique as our storytellers. So there you have it – the crew behind Barefaced Stories Official Podcast. Tune in, kick back, and enjoy a new story each week!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
William Gammel's workplace was one of Australia's largest warehouse stores – a place famed for weekend sausage sizzles and trolley-riding dogs.  Here, amidst aisles of bargains, Will faced a different challenge: shoplifters as common as discounted garden soil. But Will stood out – not just any employee, he tackled the thieving bandits with a unique flair. Picture this: a teenage David and Goliath, retail edition.  This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Perth, the theme of the night was BUSTED, August 2022.  You can see a video of William's story on our Youtube channel here. Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Connect with Us: Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth – Swing by for the latest. Instagram: @BarefacedStories – For all the behind-the-scenes action. Twitter: @BrutallyFranko – Straight-up chat, no fluff. Email: info@barefaced.com.au – drop us a line anytime! Podcast Host & Production Wizard: Andrea Gibbs the voice guiding you through each story, making sure you're always in for a good time. Musical Vibes: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Pics & Vids: Lewis Martin, whose photography and videography immortalize the raw emotion of live storytelling. Marketing & Social Guru: Leah Sellwood – She's the one spreading the word, getting our stories out there on your feeds. Big Cheers to Our Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery – They craft spirits as bold and unique as our storytellers. So there you have it – the crew behind Barefaced Stories Official Podcast. Tune in, kick back, and enjoy a new story each week!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Back in 2014, Shane Hodge seemed to have it all: a spot in the top 10% of earners, a loving family, and a marathon under his belt. But beneath this facade of success, his life was quietly unraveling. Shane's tale isn't just a story of hustle; it's a revealing look at the toll of workplace burnout, a silent battle many face. This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Perth, the theme of the night was HERE COMES TROUBLE, 24 June 2021 @ The Rechabite Hall NEXT SHOW: Leap of Faith, 29 Feb BOOK HERE Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Connect with Us: Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth – Swing by for the latest. Instagram: @BarefacedStories – For all the behind-the-scenes action. Twitter: @BrutallyFranko – Straight-up chat, no fluff. Email: info@barefaced.com.au – drop us a line anytime! Podcast Host & Production Wizard: Andrea Gibbs the voice guiding you through each story, making sure you're always in for a good time. Musical Vibes: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Pics & Vids: Lewis Martin, whose photography and videography immortalize the raw emotion of live storytelling. Marketing & Social Guru: Leah Sellwood – She's the one spreading the word, getting our stories out there on your feeds. Big Cheers to Our Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery – They craft spirits as bold and unique as our storytellers. So there you have it – the crew behind Barefaced Stories Official Podcast. Tune in, kick back, and enjoy a new story each week!  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Rachel and her partner set off across Europe in their trusty old van, anticipating an adventure of a lifetime. But as they roll down the windows, a mysterious noise from within the van puts Rachel's notorious 'luck' to the test. It's a tale of unexpected companionship. This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Perth, the theme of the night was RIDE OR DIE, 26 Oct 2023 at The Rechabite Hall. You can see Rachel's story on YouTube here. Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. NEXT SHOW: 29 Feb 'Leap of Faith' @ Old Young's Distillery BOOK HERE Podcast Host: Andrea Gibbs Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery Music by: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Podcast Producer: Asha Couch Video & Photos: Lewis Martin Marketing & Social Media: Leah Sellwood   Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth Instagram: @BarefacedStories Twitter: @BrutallyFranko  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As the youngest of four sisters, Rosie grew up in what many would call an 'instant girl gang', a close-knit clan where everyone wanted a slice of their sisterhood. But beware, with great closeness comes... well, hilariously unclear boundaries! This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Western Australia, the theme of the night was All That Glitters Is Not Gold.  You can see a video of Rosie Rogers story on our Youtube channel here. Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Connect with Us: Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth – Swing by for the latest. Instagram: @BarefacedStories – For all the behind-the-scenes action. Twitter: @BrutallyFranko – Straight-up chat, no fluff. Email: info@barefaced.com.au – drop us a line anytime! Podcast Host & Production Wizard: Andrea Gibbs the voice guiding you through each story, making sure you're always in for a good time. Musical Vibes: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Pics & Vids: Lewis Martin, whose photography and videography immortalize the raw emotion of live storytelling. Marketing & Social Guru: Leah Sellwood – She's the one spreading the word, getting our stories out there on your feeds. Big Cheers to Our Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery – They craft spirits as bold and unique as our storytellers. So there you have it – the crew behind Barefaced Stories Official Podcast. Tune in, kick back, and enjoy a new story each week!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lockdown has forced a lot of people to become more flexible in the way that they do business – drug dealers included. For Luke Joseph Ryan, the schemes by which he was getting his weekly weed fixes were almost wilder than the drug highs themselves. This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Perth, the theme of the night was WORTH IT,  6 May 2021. You can see Luke’s story on Youtube here. Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Podcast Host & producer: Andrea Gibbs  Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth Instagram: @BarefacedStories Twitter: @BrutallyFranko SPONSOR: Old Young's Distillery  MUSIC BY: Odette Mercy & Her Soul AtomicsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Although he can’t quite remember all the details, Ron Bradfield Jnr once got to sitting naked on a limestone rock, his feet immersed in sea water, ready to hand himself over to the ocean. This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Perth, the theme of the night was REALITY CHECK, 25 March 2021 at The Rechabite Hall See Ron's story on YouTube PLEASE NOTE: The following video contains material that may be triggering to some audiences. If any tricky feelings arise for you we recommend contacting Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 for Crisis Support & Suicide Prevention.  Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Podcast Host & producer: Andrea Gibbs  Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth Instagram: @BarefacedStories Twitter: @BrutallyFranko SPONSOR: Old Young's Distillery  INTRO MUSIC BY: Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker OUTRO MUSIC BY: Odette Mercy & Her Soul AtomicsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Samantha Bickell took Friday afternoon drinks with her workmates as the perfect opportunity to share her experiences studying animal science which were certainly… stimulating, to say the least. This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Perth, the theme of the night was DIRTY WORK, 29 October 2020 at The Rechabite Hall Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Podcast Host & producer: Andrea Gibbs  Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth Instagram: @BarefacedStories Twitter: @BrutallyFranko SPONSOR: Old Young's Distillery  MUSIC BY: Odette Mercy & Her Soul AtomicsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What happens when you combine 12-months of grieving, a shed-dwelling boomer father, your mother’s ashes, and an 80s tourism relic helicopter? A physics lesson, of course. This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Perth, the theme of the night was I SH*T YOU NOT, 24 September 2020 at The Rechabite Hall See Michael's story on our YouTube channel here. Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Podcast Host & producer: Andrea Gibbs  Producer: Asha Couch Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth Instagram: @BarefacedStories Twitter: @BrutallyFranko SPONSOR: Old Young's Distillery  MUSIC BY: Blue Dot SessionsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Izzy Wilson: Tampon

Izzy Wilson: Tampon

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If we’ve learnt anything in these recent times, it’s that the end of a lockdown is a celebratory event. For Izzy Wilson, this ensued a wild night out complete with magnum wine, early morning pho and a missing tampon. This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Perth, the theme of the night was WORTH IT, 6 May 2021 @ The Rechabite Hall. Check out Izzy's story on Youtube here. **Language Warning** Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Podcast Host & producer: Andrea Gibbs  Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth Instagram: @BarefacedStories Twitter: @BrutallyFranko SPONSOR: Old Young's Distillery  MUSIC BY: Odette Mercy & Her Soul AtomicsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Growing up in Pharr, Texas as the smallest, nerdiest and gayest kid in class was made possible for Eric Schwarz through his father’s unconditional love. When Eric finds himself far away from Pharr with a burgeoning personal and professional life, he faces harrowing news about his father. This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Perth, the theme of the night was HERE COMES TROUBLE, 24 June 2021 at The Rechabite Hall. If you are interested in Eric's public yoga classes or working with him privately, visit his website www.ericschwarzyoga.com or instagram @ericschwarzyoga Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Podcast Host & producer: Andrea Gibbs  Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth Instagram: @BarefacedStories Twitter: @BrutallyFranko SPONSOR: Old Young's Distillery  MUSIC BY: Odette Mercy & Her Soul AtomicsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In the late 1980s, Busta Nezz pierced the anarcho-punk movement in Perth as well as his own body many, many times. This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Perth, the theme of the night was BRING THE PAIN, 29 July 2021. PLEASE NOTE: The following story contains material that may be triggering to some audiences.  Check out the video of Busta's story here if you are game! And check out Firebomb featuring Busta, "Punks & Ninjas". Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Podcast Host: Andrea Gibbs  Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth Instagram: @BarefacedStories Twitter: @BrutallyFranko Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery  Music by: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Podcast Producer: Asha Couch Video & Photos: Lewis Martin Marketing & Social Media: Leah SellwoodSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In the week of her fifteenth birthday, Eliza Smith had some important life lessons handed to her. Mostly, she learnt the rules of how to fake a dead body to break someone out of prison, but she also learnt a lot about family.  This story was told at Barefaced Stories in Perth, the theme of the night was HERE COMES TROUBLE, 24 June 2021 at The Rechabite Hall You can see Eliza's story on YouTube here Barefaced Stories are told live onstage in Western Australia, and is Australia’s leading homegrown live storytelling event. Podcast Host: Andrea Gibbs  Facebook: @BarefacedStoriesPerth Instagram: @BarefacedStories Twitter: @BrutallyFranko Sponsor: Old Young's Distillery  Music by: Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Podcast Producer: Asha Couch Video & Photos: Lewis Martin Marketing & Social Media: Leah Sellwood  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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