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 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: Monday 23rd October 2017, 8pm (running time 75 mins approx)  EVENT TITLE: Tricksterland  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Nell Phoenix

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

 DESCRIPTION:  (Soho Storytelling Season no.25)
There is a place where that which is broken can be mended;
thoughts can be heard;
old bones speak;
and rocks want revenge…

In Trickster’s wonderland a man mimics a waterfall and almost gets away with it, a woman hides her doll-sized sister in her plaited hair, and we all journey to the edge of the earth.

Expect gleeful deceit, anarchic tomfoolery and everything earthy, brutal and bold.

‘A mercurial and captivating performer.‘ Exeunt Magazine
‘…kooky, creative and off the wall.’ Everything Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 (£8 concessions) :: www.sohotheatre.com :: Box Office 020 7478 0100

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club and Soho Theatre


 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: Monday 13th November 2017, 8pm (running time approx 120 mins including interval)  EVENT TITLE: Under the Eyes of Baron Samedi  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Jan Blake, with music by Silver Sepp

 VENUE: Soho Theatre Upstairs, Dean Street, London W1D 3NE  AUDIENCE: Adults (19+)

 DESCRIPTION:  (Soho Storytelling Season no.25)
Sly humour, rum, good food, poverty, gods, animalistic transformation, and down-right voudon

Storytelling queen Jan Blake, and eclectic troubadour and player of fantasy instruments Silver Sepp, journey through the unpredictable, ambiguous & beguiling dream-scape of Haitian folktales, inspired by Diane Wolkstein’s seminal collection The Magic Orange Tree. This is the book that Ben Haggarty pressed into Jan Blake’s hands 30 years ago and told her that she was a storyteller…the rest is history.

This is storytelling to draw the stars down to the windows to listen….

‘One of the world’s greatest storytellers.’ André Naffis-Sahely :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 (£8 concessions) :: www.sohotheatre.com :: Box Office 020 7478 0100

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club and Soho Theatre


 DATE: Wednesday 29th November 2017, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: The All-Star Birthday Bash  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Loads of them! See description below.

 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: Friday 15th December 2017, 7.00pm - 8.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Masters of Hex  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Jan Blake, Ben Haggarty and TUUP

 VENUE: Conference Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Tales of magic, witches and magicians from around the world.

Hexing, jiggery-pockery and straight enchantment, when it comes to the world of folk and fairytale there is no escaping magic and the masters and mistresses of its exploitation. Storytellers Jan Blake, Ben Haggarty and TUUP present an evening of tales featuring wizardry, transformations and magical shenanigans.

Part of the Harry Potter: A History of Magic celebrations.

 TICKETS:  £10.00 with code CRICK10 :: www.bl.uk :: Enquiries 01937 546546 or boxoffice@bl.uk

 ORGANISER:  The British Library in partnership with The Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Monday 18th December 2017, 8pm (running time approx 70 mins)  EVENT TITLE: The Empty Hand  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Daniel Morden

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

 DESCRIPTION:  (Soho Storytelling Season no.25)
What if the one you loved was taken from you…how far would you go to find them?

Internationally celebrated storyteller, Daniel Morden takes us to hell and back. Haunting tales of love and lost loves in this world and the next – expect charms, thrills and chills by the bucket load.

‘A master storyteller.’ Guardian :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 (£8 concessions) :: www.sohotheatre.com :: Box Office 020 7478 0100

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club and Soho Theatre


 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: Thursday 23rd November 2017, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups (double bill)  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Nell Phoenix and Ben Haggarty

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

 DESCRIPTION: 
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD & OTHER LOST GIRLS, by NELL PHOENIX
What did the Wolf do to Granny?
What did Little Red do to the Wolf?
What did Little Red do to Granny?!


The fairytale world is littered with girls who are lost or mislaid, and very few are as innocent as you might imagine. Nell Phoenix strays from the path in search of those who have played in the woods, forgotten the rules, and should have at least had an inkling that something was likely to go horribly wrong.

‘…kooky, creative and off the wall’ **** Everything Theatre

THE BLACKSMITH AT THE BRIDGE OF BONES, by BEN HAGGARTY
If knowledge equals power, then what is the responsibility of such power?

Allow Ben Haggarty to lure you into a full-blooded fairytale for grown-ups. This dark story of power, knowledge, alchemy and male initiation, explores that enduring relationship between a teacher and an apprentice. Fierce, unflinching and beautiful by turn...here rules aren't broken lightly.

'The doyen of Storytellers' **** Remote Goat :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £8 advance / £10 on the door. Buy online at www.cubecinema.com or in person from Bristol Ticket Shop, 41 High St, Bristol BS1 2AT

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Thursday 14th December 2017, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Clare Murphy & Daniel Morden

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Surrealist, Poet, Prisoner, Storyteller...

Held captive in a concentration camp, a group of prisoners tell fantastical tales in clandestine gatherings to escape the terror of their situation. Surely their fate is unavoidable...?

Funny, tragic, uplifting, moving – and true - The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos shifts between the horrific reality of the camps, and the beauty and richness of countless other worlds. Daniel Morden and Clare Murphy tell tales that ask 'is our fate set?' Or is there no fate but that which we make? This is an extraordinary exploration of resilience and the power of the imagination to shape and affect reality. :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £8 advance / £10 on the door. Buy online at www.cubecinema.com or in person from Bristol Ticket Shop, 41 High St, Bristol BS1 2AT

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Cube in association with Adverse Camber


 DATE: Thursday 25th January 2018, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Kali  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Emily Hennessey, with music by Sheema Mukherjee

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

 DESCRIPTION:  From demure housewife to bloodthirsty goddess, gurgling infant to elephant man, meditating sage to cosmic fire-eater, Hindu mythology illuminates a mind-blowing world of radical transformations. Kali is one of the wildest shape-shifters of them all. Demon-slayer, life-saver, supreme-mother, destruction-dancer, this goddess is truly awesome.

Storyteller, Emily Hennessey, and sitar player extraordinaire, Sheema Mukherjee, take the wheel on a white-knuckled tuc-tuc ride through sun-kissed palaces, fiend-infested forests and every cacophonous, saffron-scented marketplace in-between.

When an evil power spreads across the world, Kali’s time has come…

'tangible magic' Exeunt
'exhilarating, evocative, vital.... a wonderful piece of theatre' **** Theatre Bubble :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £8 advance / £10 on the door. Buy online at www.cubecinema.com or in person from Bristol Ticket Shop, 41 High St, Bristol BS1 2AT

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Cube


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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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