'UK's most vivid and exciting storytelling organisation' Ian McMillan, The Times
'The art of storytelling is in the surest safest hands here' Remote Goat
The Crick Crack Club, led by Ben Haggarty, has recreated storytelling as a contemporary performance art in the UK. The country’s premier performance storytelling promoter and programmer – we unleash the rich metaphorical content of international fairytales, epics and myths on the imaginations of contemporary audiences. Our celebrated live events take place in London, across the UK and occasionally beyond. You'll find us in theatres, at festivals, in castles, rose gardens and derelict warehouses...
We have a looooong history – having spent over 25 years as pioneers, supporting artists, challenging preconceptions, lobbying funders, inspiring others, and generally slashing a path through the jungle. When we started there was a tiny handful of professional storytellers in England, now there are hundreds of them - so we reckon we’ve done a pretty good job. And we’re still hard at it!
The first ever storytelling festival at Battersea Arts Centre in 1985 went off with such a bang that Ben Haggarty thought he’d better set up a permanent organisation. We started in a pub theatre in Ladbrook Grove way back in 1987 and since then we’ve worked with venues big and small, including The South Bank Centre, The Barbican, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Shakespeare's Globe, Northern Stage, The British Library, The Wellcome Trust, The British Museum, the Unicorn Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre, LitFest Lancaster, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and many many others. We’ve been fighting to get our own theatre of fairytale and myth for years, and one day that dream will come true.
Today you can find the Crick Crack Club in London at The Soho Theatre, Rich Mix and The Forge; our Festival of Fairytales for Grown-ups runs biennially at The Bargehouse on the South Bank; we tour work across England & Wales; commission performances; run training courses, and mentor new artists and new promoters. Our audiences know us for our unflinchingly high quality programmes and our sense of occasion. Artists know us for our support of both established experts and rising stars. Venues know us for our progressive programmes, audience development and our knowledge of artists and their work.
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