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 DATE: Sunday 10th September 2017, 2.30pm - 5.15pm  EVENT TITLE: Myths retold - The Illiad  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden

 VENUE: BP Lecture Theatre (in the Clore Education Centre beneath the Great Court), The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.

The story of the siege and fall of Troy is as contemporary now as it has ever been. It is a blueprint for every war that has ever been fought – an extraordinary account of the savagery and mad ecstasy of the battlefield, filled with dark humour.

This performance by acclaimed storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden includes many famous episodes half-familiar to us all – the wrangle over the Apple of Discord, the abduction of Helen, the launching of a thousand ships, the wrath of Achilles, the death of Hector...

And presiding over it all is a cast of immortal gods and goddesses who – with their petty bickerings – are more than ready to wreak havoc among mortals.

‘Master storytellers’ The Guardian :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £8 / £6 :: www.britishmuseum.org :: Phone 020 7323 8181 :: Ticket Desk in Great Court.

 ORGANISER:  The British Museum in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Sunday 8th October 2017, 2.30pm - 5.15pm  EVENT TITLE: Myths retold - The Curled Tongue  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Clare Muireann Murphy

 VENUE: BP Lecture Theatre (in the Clore Education Centre beneath the Great Court), The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.

Out with you upon the wild waves, Children of the King! Henceforth your cries shall be with the birds.

In ancient Ireland, words held true power to alter reality and determine the future.

Clare Murphy walks the old paths of this beautiful and ever-shifting landscape to bring us a contemporary performance of Irish myths that is tautly laced with wit and verve.

Enter the realm of feral curses, lost children, epic transformations, prophecy, fate and betrayal.

‘A sheer delight! For those thirsty for a different type of show this is a must see!’ Everything Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £8 / £6 :: www.britishmuseum.org :: Phone 020 7323 8181 :: Ticket Desk in Great Court.

 ORGANISER:  The British Museum in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Friday 20th October 2017, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Frankenstein  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty with musician Sianed Jones

 VENUE: Rich Mix Venue 1, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. (wheelchair accessible)  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  He's naked. He's angry. And he's on the run... Storyteller Ben Haggarty, and musician Sianed Jones embark on an intense monster's-lib interpretation of Mary Shelley's modern myth.

Truly a story for our time, Frankenstein speaks of power unleashed; the responsibility of the creator towards the created, and our fear of the unknown.

Expect wild song, steam punk & fast-paced epic storytelling in the hands of two master performers. Enter a world of feverish dreaming...

Drawing on the original story, Hollywood’s cinematic retellings, Greek and Jewish legends, and pop culture, this powerful and startling contemporary performance combines improvised spoken word, vocals, bass and electric violin, to lure audiences into the imagined world of Dr Frankenstein and the monster he created.

Internationally renowned for his playful, challenging and dynamic performances, Ben Haggarty tells his stories with infectious charm and deceptive ease. Composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Sianed Jones, has been variously described as having a voice like that of a 'wailing Welsh banshee', a 'soft seducer', and a 'passionate revolutionary'.

‘This is real storytelling’ The Guardian Hay Festival
‘Bloody brilliant’ TIMEOUT :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £12.00 /£10 concessions (A booking fee of £1.50 per transaction applies for this event for non-members) :: www.richmix.org.uk :: Box Office: 0207 613 7498

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & Rich Mix


 DATE: Sunday 5th November 2017, 2.30pm - 5.15pm  EVENT TITLE: Myths retold - Beowulf  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Hugh Lupton

 VENUE: BP Lecture Theatre (in the Clore Education Centre beneath the Great Court), The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.

Beowulf is the oldest story in the English language – and it still has the power to raise the hairs on the back of the neck. It tells of a hero’s life, a life that is mapped by three tremendous blood-curdling encounters. Here monsters (and their mothers) are gruesomely defeated and dragons still guard gold.

Charged with adrenaline and poetry, this ancient story, performed by Hugh Lupton, explores the journey we all make from the seeming invincibility of youth, to the heroic vulnerability of old age.

‘Ferocious, vigorous, playful’ Birmingham Words :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £8 / £6 :: www.britishmuseum.org :: Phone 020 7323 8181 :: Ticket Desk in Great Court.

 ORGANISER:  The British Museum in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Wednesday 29th November 2017, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: The All-Star Birthday Bash  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Tim Ralphs, Clare Muireann Murphy and Nell Phoenix

 VENUE: Rich Mix Main Space, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA (wheelchair accessible)  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+)

 DESCRIPTION:  A glorious night of greatest hits from a silver-lined, gold-leafed, diamond-studded line-up of Crick Crack 30th birthday All-Stars.

This autumn the legendary Crick Crack Club - purveyors of the finest fairytales for grown-ups since 1987 - turns 30! It plans to spend the next 12 months celebrating, and what better way to begin than with a party?!

The awesome and awe-inspiring line-up for the night includes Jan Blake, Daniel Morden, Hugh Lupton, Ben Haggarty, Sally Pomme Clayton, TUUP, Clare Murphy and Nick Hennessey. That's more master and mistress storytellers than you can shake a stick at.

This is storytelling to raise the roof...with added cake!

Expect stories, chaos, cake, and plenty of pictures dug out of the archive!

‘Storytelling wizards’ Londonist
‘Bloody brilliant’ TimeOut :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £12 in advance/£15 on the door (plus booking fee) :: www.richmix.org.uk :: Box Office: 0207 613 7498 or email boxoffice@richmix.org.uk

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & Rich Mix


 DATE: Sunday 10th December 2017, 2.30pm - 5.15pm  EVENT TITLE: Myths retold - The Ramayana  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Emily Hennessey with sitar player Sheema Mukherjee

 VENUE: BP Lecture Theatre (in the Clore Education Centre beneath the Great Court), The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.

Deep in the forest, Rama and Sita live in exile, eyes watch their every move, and the universe shimmers with illusion. When Sita is kidnapped by the ten-headed demon king, Rama needs all the help he can get. Who better to have on your side than a shape-shifting monkey?

But there’s only one thing worse than a bloodthirsty demon, and that’s his big brother. As Rama lies helpless on the battlefield, it’s time for Sita’s little-known story to unfold...

Storyteller Emily Hennessey and virtuoso sitar player Sheema Mukherjee conjure up a vivid, wild and beguiling world in this retelling of the much-loved Indian epic. :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £8 / £6 :: www.britishmuseum.org :: Phone 020 7323 8181 :: Ticket Desk in Great Court.

 ORGANISER:  The British Museum in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Saturday 6th January 2018, 11.30am  EVENT TITLE: When Time Began: Creation myths from around the world  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Emily Hennessey, Sheema Mukherjee, Ben Haggarty & Nick Hennessey

 VENUE: Hall 2, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG  AUDIENCE: Family (8+)

 DESCRIPTION:  In the beginning there was ice… In the beginning there was an ocean… In the beginning there was nothing! Ravens with insatiable appetites, hairy gods, goddesses with arms galore, and eggs laid in inexplicable places…

Three fabulous Crick Crack Club storytellers are joined by sitar player Sheema Mukherjee for a whistle-stop tour through some of the wildest and most enchanting creation stories on the planet.

If you’re aged 8 to 108 then this is your chance to enter a cinema of the imagination from the moment that time began.

‘The Crick Crack Club weaves a web of enchantment’ Time Out :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  Online Price: £8.50 Adults, £6.50 Under 16s, £21.60 Family (no more than 2 adults) :: www.kingsplace.co.uk :: Box Office 020 7520 1490

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club and Kings Place


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 DATE: Saturday 12th August 2017, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)  EVENT TITLE: Pandvani108 - Epic Jukebox!  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty, Emily Hennessey, Mikael Oberg & Dominic Kelly :: music by Jonah Brody & Sheema Mukherjee

 VENUE: Cranborne Earth House, The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP  AUDIENCE: Adults (12+)

 DESCRIPTION:  The stage is set for a high voltage mythological mash-up!

Inspired by a 3,000 year old Indian epic-singing tradition, Pandvani108 combine performance storytelling, music and song to turn on the epic jukebox and bring us a wild night of unbowdlerised global myth and epic in untamed short form style.

Far from sedate spoken word – this is more like organised chaos with added deities.Gods, monsters, giants, warriors & divas from Greece, Ireland, the Scandinavian North, the Indian heat and beyond, are all hauled centre stage.

Brash, exuberant, and with more experimental excitement than you can shake a stick at…this is the Short Myth Massive – live and irresistibly direct!

‘playful & powerful – a highlight of this year’s festival’ Beyond the Border Festival
For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

Wrap up warm, bring a cushion & wear sensible shoes! BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  Adult/child :: £10/£5 (plus booking fee) : Buy online or book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours). Advance booking highly recommended. If you buy them on the door, please note that we’re a CASH ONLY venue.

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Ancient Technology Centre


 DATE: Saturday 14th October 2017, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)  EVENT TITLE: Stolen  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: The Devil's Violin Company :: Daniel Morden with music by Oliver Wilson-Dickson & Sarah Moody

 VENUE: Cranborne Earth House, The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP  AUDIENCE: Adults (12+)

 DESCRIPTION:  A young woman goes missing. The search for her uncovers secrets which threaten to destroy her family…

Daniel Morden and the Devil’s Violin Company transport us to the Land of No Return and an encounter with a king turned to stone, an old woman living in the claw of a giant cockerel, and a glass man filled with wasps.

Combining stunning storytelling and hypnotic string accompaniment, this is a tale of lost loves, bravery, and above all else, hope.

‘You could hear a pin drop…like the air was all onstage with them’ Bristol Old Vic
‘A scintillating combination of music, sound and story’ The Times
For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

Wrap up warm, bring a cushion & wear sensible shoes! BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  Adult/child :: £10/£5 (plus booking fee) : Buy online or book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours). ADVANCE BOOKING HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you buy them on the door, please note that we’re a CASH ONLY venue.

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Ancient Technology Centre


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 DATE: 27th August 2017, 3pm (running time approx 45 mins)  EVENT TITLE: Jack and the 12 Dancing Princesses  LOCATION: Stourbridge  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Ruskin Glass Centre, Amblecote, Stourbridge, DY8 4HF  AUDIENCE: children 5+ and their adults

 DESCRIPTION:  A widowed king finds coping with his twelve daughters a little tricky.... And when mystifying goings-on involving broken shoes and strange disappearances begin, he knows he has an alarming mystery on his hands.

Ben Haggarty, fairytale-teller extraordinaire, tells an ancient English version of a story that many people think they know. Filled with magic that is stronger, stranger and more startling than ever before, this will delight all those aged 5 and above.

Expecting a knight in shining armour to solve the problem? Not a chance!

 TICKETS:  FREE entrance (parents will need a Festival Pass) :: See website for more details.

 ORGANISER:  International Festival of Glass and The Crick Crack Club


 DATE: 27th August 2017, 7.30pm -10pm  EVENT TITLE: The Glass Mountain  LOCATION: Stourbridge  ARTISTS: Nell Phoenix, Tim Ralphs and Tuup

 VENUE: Ruskin Glass Centre, Amblecote, Stourbridge, DY8 4HF  AUDIENCE: adults (and children 14+)

 DESCRIPTION: 
Mirrors that reflect more than they should...
Crystal balls predicting ambiguous futures...
Slippers that can never be worn...


At the centre of the world there is a glass mountain that can't be climbed. We can't see it, but we all know that it's there. Performance storytellers Nell Phoenix, Tim Ralphs & TUUP journey through a distorted, magnified and broken landscape of myth, folk & fairytale shot through with that magical liquid solid that is glass.

‘The Crick Crack Club weaves a web of enchantment’ Time Out
‘The art of storytelling is in the surest safest hands here’ Remote Goat :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 :: See website for more details.
Food and drinks available to purchase during the interval.

 ORGANISER:  International Festival of Glass and The Crick Crack Club


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 DATE: Saturday 18th November 2017, 7:45pm  EVENT TITLE: Frankenstein  LOCATION: York  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty with musician Sianed Jones

 VENUE: Studio, York Theatre Royal, St Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION: 
He's naked.
He's angry.
And he's on the run...

Enter a world of feverish dreaming, as storyteller Ben Haggarty and musician Sianed Jones present an intense steam punk interpretation of Mary Shelley's modern myth. Two master performers explore the nature of the consciousness of a man made by man and the responsibility of the creator towards the created. Truly a story for our time, Frankenstein speaks of power unleashed and our fear of the unknown.

Expect wild song, steam punk and fast-paced epic storytelling. :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £12/£10 (+£1.50 transaction fee per booking) :: www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk :: Box office: 01904 623 568

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & York Theatre Royal


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 DATE: Friday 3rd November 2017, 8pm (Running time: 1hr 15min)  EVENT TITLE: The Fate We Bring Ourselves  LOCATION: Newcastle  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Stage 2, Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RH  AUDIENCE: Adults (16+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Join Ben Haggarty, ‘the Nick Cave of storytelling’, as he presents three remixed, extended and explicit Greek myths. Expect sex with Zeus, twice born gods, formidable goddesses and some nasty clashes between naive mortals and uppity deities… This is world-class storytelling – dark, magical and provocative.

‘Brutal, unsettling and bloody brilliant.’ Time Out :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  from £10 (limited availability so book early!) :: www.northernstage.co.uk :: Box Office 0191 230 5151

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club and Northern Stage

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