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 DATE: Sunday 9th September 2018, 2.30pm - 5.30pm  EVENT TITLE: The King and the Corpse  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: TUUP, music by 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:  A king carries the corpse of a hanged man across a cemetery at night – but the corpse is not dead, it is possessed by a storytelling vampire, whose enigmatic puzzles threaten to burst the King’s head into a thousand pieces…

With customary charismatic style, performance storyteller TUUP takes to the stage with sitar virtuoso Sheema Mukherjee to tell transglobalised versions of this stunning 11th Century Indian epic fairytale.

Enter a place of metaphor, magic and ritual, where love is always confusing; death and fire are inextricably linked; fruit is never just fruit, and the soul might conquer evil, if only it can keep quiet...

'some of the most skilful, wildly passionate storytelling I've ever seen!' **** Everything Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & the British Museum


 DATE: Monday 17th September 2018, 8pm  EVENT TITLE: Aye, Coyote!  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Tim Dalling

 VENUE: Soho Theatre Upstairs, Dean Street, London W1D 3NE  AUDIENCE: Adults 18+ (may contain nudity)

 DESCRIPTION:  (Soho Storytelling Season no.27)
‘I’m the lush
the madman
maddest man there is
which is why they call me
maddest-man-there-is’


In this auto-bio-mythical jigsaw & sacred carnivalesque ritual of purification, Tim Dalling revisits minor mishaps and major catastrophes of childhood, fatherhood, a brother’s troubled life and an unfinished art project, to create a ceremony of ‘lustration’ that will clear the way for future joy. To guide him through this ordeal is Trickster Coyote, the master of thoughtless self-destruction and crazy rebirth. Ghosts are healed with songs, laughter and stories and the Dance of Joy means everyone will be shaken all over.

TIM DALLING :: Years of training as a piano accordionist, actor, singer, songwriter, musical buffoon and now anarchic dancer may be just enough to save Tim from certain death in this risky endeavour. Tim has worked as composer, performer and musician with many companies including Northern Stage, Kneehigh Theatre, Live Theatre, Northumberland Theatre Company and has toured for many years nationally and internationally in comedy-folk trio The New Rope String Band.

‘Unique exhilarating brilliance.’ Kris Drever
‘Tim is actually the best, and I've done my research.’ Martin Green :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £11 (£9 concessions) :: www.sohotheatre.com :: Box Office 020 7478 0100

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club and Soho Theatre


 DATE: Sunday 7th October 2018, 2.30pm - 5.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Rhiannon  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Katy Cawkwell

 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:  One woman, nine trusted companions, six treacherous midwives, and the hanging of a mouse...

Intelligent, generous and with a dry wit, a queen travels from her Other World, riding a horse that no one can catch. She comes because of love, but this love between a goddess and a mortal is destined for trouble.

The Welsh epic cycle of the Mabinogion is renowned for its complex fragmentary brilliance. Performance Storyteller Katy Cawkwell untangles the 1st and 3rd branches of this beautiful Celtic myth to bring us Rhiannon. :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & the British Museum


 DATE: Monday 22nd October 2018, 8pm  EVENT TITLE: Buddha Babies - The Alternative Cookery Show  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Xanthe Gresham Knight

 VENUE: Soho Theatre Upstairs, Dean Street, London W1D 3NE  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  (Soho Storytelling Season no.27)
Ingredients:
1lb of unconventional birth stories from anywhere (China, India, Greece and Denmark – whatever is fresh and available); Generous Sprinklings of Taoist, Confusionist, Shamanic, Platonic and Vedic philosophy; pinch of salt; zest…

In folktale and mythology, rocks, soap, flowers, numbers and pumpkins all swell and spawn. Buddha Babies is a baby shower of stories featuring unconventional births, performed by fabulous storyteller & madwife Xanthe Gresham Knight. (Directed by Kathy Hammad)

'A truly great storyteller' British Theatre Review :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £11 (£9 concessions) :: www.sohotheatre.com :: Box Office 020 7478 0100

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club and Soho Theatre


 DATE: Thursday 1st November 2018, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Day of the Dead  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Nell Phoenix, TUUP and Tim Ralphs

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, three Crick Crack Club storytellers create an exuberant night of ritual, shrines & stories.

Under the watchful eye of a bunch of gambling skeletons - dead ancestors are honoured; the souls of the dead are tempted back into the world of the living for a bit of a party, and Death is mocked, cheated and saluted by turn.

Like some irrepressible autumn ritual, the Crick Crack Club’s quirky annual celebration of the Mexican festival of the Dias de Los Muertos, has become part of the fabric of East London's cultural craziness!

Expect ritual, libations, stories, and magical mayhem...

‘Storytelling wizards’ Londonist :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £11/£9 (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: Saturday 17th November to Sunday 18th November 2018, 2 days, 10.00am to 6.00pm  EVENT TITLE: Introductory Storytelling workshop  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Rich Mix Venue 2, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. (wheelchair accessible)  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+) :: Please note: This workshop will demand fluent spoken English language skills.

 DESCRIPTION: 
This two-day, practitioner-led workshop is aimed at adults with an interest in traditional narratives (folk tales, fairy tales and myths) and in their performance.

It will give participants an introduction to the core principles of contemporary oral storytelling, the process of visualisation, and of narrative patterns and structure. You'll discover your innate inner storyteller and begin to appreciate its skills.

Ben Haggarty has pioneered the re-visioning of storytelling as a contemporary performance art; his understanding of orality, metaphor, magic and the dramaturgy of performance storytelling is unsurpassed. World renowned for his physical, often challenging performances, Ben has a repertoire of well over 350 folktales, fairytales, epics and myths. He's a much sought after trainer and director, and is Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin.

 TICKETS:  This workshop takes place over two days, 10am to 6pm, cost £150.00. A booking fee may apply. :: www.richmix.org.uk :: Box Office: 0207 613 7498 or email boxoffice@richmix.org.uk

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & Rich Mix


 DATE: Monday 19th November 2018, 8pm  EVENT TITLE: News of the Strange  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Daniel Morden

 VENUE: Soho Theatre Upstairs, Dean Street, London W1D 3NE  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  (Soho Storytelling Season no.27)
A blacksmith batters himself with his hammer.
A fisherman throws back the fish he catches.
A blind man begs passers-by to strike him.

Shot through with powerful, mysterious images, Daniel Morden delves deep into lesser-known stories from the Arab world, some moving, some shocking, some bizarre, some ridiculous…. all of them strange.

‘Beyond captivating.’ Oxford Theatre Review
‘A master storyteller.’ Guardian :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £11 (£9 concessions) :: www.sohotheatre.com :: Box Office 020 7478 0100

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club and Soho Theatre


 DATE: Friday 23rd November 2018, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: The Frog Princess Punked  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Sally Pomme Clayton

 VENUE: Rich Mix venue 1, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA (wheelchair accessible)  AUDIENCE: Adults (16+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Crazed Russian fairytale; punk songs; scratch animation, frog weddings, and Baba Yaga on the loose. This night of adult fairytale will be feral, noisy, and beautiful by turn.

Pioneering storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton and an all-girl band weld together punk songs, scratch animation and an epic fairytale about the perils of annexing the wild, and the wisdom of letting the women loose. The result is immersive, feral and beautiful by turn. It's gonna be awesome. It’s gonna be loud!

Expect fairytales for grown-ups, punk sounds & scratch film. Performance storytelling as you have never see it before!

‘Funny, refreshing and ballsy’ Omnibus Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £12/£10 (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: Monday 17th December 2018, 8pm  EVENT TITLE: Gilgamesh  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty, music by Jonah Brody

 VENUE: Soho Theatre Upstairs, Dean Street, London W1D 3NE  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  (Soho Storytelling Season no.27)
A bored king,
A wild man tamed by a whore,
A quest for eternal life,
And the deepest secrets of the gods...


World renowned storyteller Ben Haggarty, and multi-instrumentalist Jonah Brody, bring Gilgamesh to the stage in an extraordinary and powerful telling of one of the oldest stories in the world.

Deities are irritated and appeased by turn, supernatural beings are slain, apocalypse is averted, and our anti-hero turned hero, discovers what it really is to be a man. The result is a psychedelic, passionate, fast paced epic, laced with quick-witted humour.

'Absolutely spellbinding' **** Everything Theatre
'Vivid, rich and imposingly epic' **** The Times :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £11 (£9 concessions) :: www.sohotheatre.com :: Box Office 020 7478 0100

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club and Soho Theatre


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 DATE: Saturday 18th August 2018, 7.30pm - 10pm (doors open 7pm)  EVENT TITLE: The Fate We Bring Ourselves  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Cranborne Earth House, The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP  AUDIENCE: Adults (16+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Join performance storyteller Ben Haggarty at his most alarming, 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.

‘You’ll come out wiser… aware you are looking at reality with greater clarity’ Remote Goat
‘Bloody brilliant’ Time Out
For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  £11 (plus booking fee) : Buy tickets by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours).

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Ancient Technology Centre


 DATE: Thursday 20th September 2018, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: The King and the Corpse  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: TUUP, music by Sheema Mukherjee

 VENUE: The Cube, Dove Street South, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS2 8JD  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  A king carries the corpse of a hanged man across a cemetery at night – but the corpse is not dead, it is possessed by a storytelling vampire, whose enigmatic puzzles threaten to burst the King’s head into a thousand pieces…

With customary charismatic style, performance storyteller TUUP takes to the stage with sitar virtuoso Sheema Mukherjee to tell transglobalised versions of this stunning 11th Century Indian epic fairytale.

Enter a place of metaphor, magic and ritual, where love is always confusing; death and fire are inextricably linked; fruit is never just fruit, and the soul might conquer evil, if only it can keep quiet...

'some of the most skilful, wildly passionate storytelling I've ever seen!' **** Everything Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £9 advance (£12 on the door) :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Saturday 13th October 2018, 7.30pm - 10pm (doors open 7pm)  EVENT TITLE: The Gods and Monsters Show  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Pandvani108 - Ben Haggarty, Emily Hennessey, Mikael Oberg. Music by Sheema Mukherjee (sitar) & Jonah Brody

 VENUE: Cranborne Earth House, The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Take a trip to the underworld...
Walk into the fire...
And don't look back....
The stage is set for a high voltage mythological mash-up!


Combining performance storytelling, music and song, Pandvani108 turn on the epic jukebox to bring us a wild night of unbowdlerised global myth and epic, in untamed short form style. Gods, monsters, giants, warriors & divas from Greece, Ireland, the Scandinavian North, the Indian heat and far beyond, are all hauled centre stage.

Far from sedate spoken word, this is a brash & exuberant cinema of the imagination, inspired by a 3,000 year old epic singing tradition and with more deities than you can shake a stick at. Encounter the Short Myth Massive - live and irresistibly direct!

‘playful, powerful, dynamic…a highlight!’ Beyond the Border Festival
‘Stellar!’ Smugglers Festival
‘Phenomenal’ Wonderful Beast
For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  Adult/child :: £11/£6 (plus booking fee) : Buy online or book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours).

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Ancient Technology Centre


 DATE: Thursday 18th October 2018, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: Buddha Babies - The Alternative Cookery Show  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Xanthe Gresham Knight

 VENUE: The Cube, Dove Street South, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS2 8JD  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Combine 1lb of unconventional birth stories from anywhere (China, India, Greece and Denmark – whatever is fresh and available); generous sprinklings of Taoist, Confucianist, Shamanic, Platonic and Vedic philosophy; pinch of salt, & zest...

In folktale and mythology, rocks, soap, flowers, numbers and pumpkins all swell and spawn. Buddha Babies is a baby shower of stories featuring unconventional births, performed by fabulous storyteller & madwife Xanthe Gresham Knight.

Enter a place of metaphor, magic and ritual, where love is always confusing; death and fire are inextricably linked; fruit is never just fruit, and the soul might conquer evil, if only it can keep quiet...(Directed by Kathy Hammad)

'A truly great storyteller' British Theatre Review :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £8 advance (£10 on the door) :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Friday 2nd November 2018, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: The Day of the Dead  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Clare Muireann Murphy, TUUP & Tim Ralphs

 VENUE: The Cube, Dove Street South, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS2 8JD  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  In this exuberant night of ritual and story and under the watchful eye of a bunch of gambling skeletons - dead ancestors are honoured; the souls of the dead are tempted back into the world of the living for a bit of a party, and Death is mocked, cheated and saluted by turn.

Like some irrepressible autumn ritual, the Crick Crack Club’s annual celebration inspired by the Mexican festival of the Dias de Los Muertos, has become part of the fabric of our company's cultural craziness!

Join three Crick Crack storytellers for shrines, libations, stories, and magical mayhem...

'a joyous chance to revel in life and death' British Theatre Review**** Everything Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £9.50 advance (£12 on the door) :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Saturday 10th November 2018, 7.30pm - 10pm (doors open 7pm)  EVENT TITLE: Telling The Blues  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Jan Blake, music by Matt Chandler

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

 DESCRIPTION:  From juke joints and brothels, to slave shacks and plantations – under the starlit sky of the deep Southern States emancipated slaves of the African Diaspora, dressed in indigo dyed denim and banned from singing their homeland songs, created, sang and lived the BLUES!

Fusing song, folktale and legend, the remarkable storyteller Jan Blake, and blues guitarist Matt Chandler, tell the blues. Join them for a night in the very fine company of those who’ve got the blues, those who defy the blues, those who cure them, and those who cause them. This is a performance to raise the roof and bring the stars down to the windows to listen…

For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  Adult/child :: £11/£6 (plus booking fee) : Buy online or book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours).

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Ancient Technology Centre


 DATE: Thursday 6th December 2018, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: Gilgamesh  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty, music by Jonah Brody

 VENUE: The Cube, Dove Street South, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS2 8JD  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  A bored king,
A wild man tamed by a whore,
A quest for eternal life,
And the deepest secrets of the gods...


Over 3,500 years after this ancient Sumerian epic was first etched into clay tablets, world renowned storyteller Ben Haggarty, and multi-instrumentalist Jonah Brody, bring Gilgamesh to the stage in an extraordinary and powerful telling of one of the oldest stories in the world.

Deities are irritated and appeased by turn, supernatural beings are slain, apocalypse is averted, and our anti-hero turned hero, discovers what it really is to be a man. The result is a psychedelic, passionate, fast paced epic, laced with quick-witted humour.

'Absolutely spellbinding' **** Everything Theatre
'Vivid, rich and imposingly epic' **** The Times :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £9 advance (£11 on the door) :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


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 DATE: Friday 21st September 2018, 7.45pm  EVENT TITLE: 1001 Nights  LOCATION: York  ARTISTS: Chirine El Ansary

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

 DESCRIPTION:  A king betrayed by his wife, decides to reap his revenge on woman-kind by bedding, then slaughtering one virgin every night... but then he meets Sheharazade.

Sheharazade, the storyteller who saved her own life together with the lives of her children by telling stories for 1001 nights, is one of the great cultural creations of the Arab world. Stories nestle within stories, with demons, errant spouses, thieves, fools & comedians all jostling for attention.

The fabulous Egyptian storyteller and performer, Chirine El Ansary returns to the Crick Crack Club to tell some of the most intriguing and deliciously seductive episodes from The Nights, stories that explore the deepest passions and desires of men and women.

‘Captivating, enchanting, a joy to witness’ **** Everything Theatre
‘Like all good storytellers, she lives between reality and the world of the story’ Cairo Times :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £12.50 :: www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk Box office: 01904 623 568

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & York Theatre Royal


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 DATE: Friday 19th October 7.45pm (running time 2hrs 15mins incl. interval)  EVENT TITLE: The Gods and Monsters Show  LOCATION: Newcastle  ARTISTS: Pandvani108 - Ben Haggarty, Emily Hennessey, Mikael Oberg. Music by Sheema Mukherjee (sitar) & Jonah Brody

 VENUE: Stage 2, Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RH  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Take a trip to the underworld...
Walk into the fire...
And don't look back....
The stage is set for a high voltage mythological mash-up!


Combining performance storytelling, music and song, Pandvani108 turn on the epic jukebox to bring us a wild night of unbowdlerised global myth and epic, in untamed short form style. Gods, monsters, giants, warriors & divas from Greece, Ireland, the Scandinavian North, the Indian heat and far beyond, are all hauled centre stage.

Far from sedate spoken word, this is a brash & exuberant cinema of the imagination, inspired by a 3,000 year old epic singing tradition and with more deities than you can shake a stick at. Encounter the Short Myth Massive - live and irresistibly direct!

‘playful, powerful, dynamic…a highlight!’ Beyond the Border Festival
‘Stellar!’ Smugglers Festival
‘Phenomenal’ Wonderful Beast :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  From £10: Limited availability, so book early! :: www.northernstage.co.uk :: Box Office 0191 230 5151

 ORGANISER:  Northern Stage and The Crick Crack Club

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