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 DATE: Thursday 23rd February 2017, 8.30pm (running time 75 mins approx)  EVENT TITLE: The Fate We Bring Ourselves  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Art House, 159A Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, London, N8 9BT  AUDIENCE: Adults (unsuitable for under 16's)

 DESCRIPTION: 
Take the tether,
untie the knot
and let the beast
RUN!

Join 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...

These are stories which you thought you knew - but here, thanks to extensive research and thirty years of reading between the lines of world mythology, you will find them conjecturally restored, live and direct, to their terrifying and truly awesome glory.

This is world-class storytelling - dark, magical and provocative.

‘a fresh dose of magic that you need in your life’ Everything Theatre
‘a tour-de-force of storytelling’ **** Remote Goat :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 / £8 :: www.arthousecrouchend.co.uk

 ORGANISER:  Art House and The Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Friday 3rd March 2017, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Metamorphoses  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Daniel Morden & Hugh Lupton

 VENUE: Rich Mix Venue 1, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.  AUDIENCE: Adults

 DESCRIPTION:  Enter another world - a world where humans encounter gods...

Orpheus, whose musical and poetic powers were so great that they even survived an encounter with Hades; Midas, with his golden touch; the abduction of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld; the nymph Echo, repeating the last words of others, and the beautiful, vain, Narcissus.

Inspired by Ovid’s tales of transformation, Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden breathe life onto some of the most famous myths in the world. Vivid and poignant, this is a performance of golden narratives – storytelling at its most poetic.

‘Metamorphoses’ was originally commissioned by Hay Festival.

‘Master storytellers’ The Guardian :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10/£8 (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 12th March 2017, 2.30pm - 5pm  EVENT TITLE: Myths retold - Solomon & Sheba  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Sally Pomme Clayton

 VENUE: BP Lecture Theatre (in the Clore Education Centre beneath the Great Court), The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG  AUDIENCE: adults (15+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Provoking, seductive, and a virgin, the Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon to test his wisdom. Riddles, tricks, lust and foolishness ensue, as they unravel each others’ histories. Sheba has a bird’s claw and hairy legs and Solomon falls passionately in love with her. As his attempts to seduce her get increasingly desperate, he loses his wisdom and his throne, before the secret of Sheba’s virginity is finally revealed.

Sally Pomme Clayton snips and clips stories of this royal duo from Sumerian, Hebrew, Christian and Islamic traditions, tracing Sheba’s ancestry back through medieval folklore to Adam’s first wife, the Queen of the Night, and forward to nursery tales of Mother Goose. This is a rare gem, by turn sacred, profane, poetic and comedic…

‘She delights in subverting her audiences expectations’ The Independent
‘She is a dream-weaver, a spell-binder’ Londonist :: 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. Part of HeForShe Arts Week.


 DATE: Thursday 30th March 2017, 8pm  EVENT TITLE: The Grand Lying Contest 2017  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Who knows? (MC Ben Haggarty )

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

 DESCRIPTION:  An evening of relentless and preposterous absurdity is thrust upon a bewildered world, as fibbers, leg-pullers, prevaricators, and downright liars compete in public in this celebrated annual competition.

Crick Crack Club Maestro of Ceremonies, Ben Haggarty, will marshal an unruly squad of hopeful contestants as they lie, or tell a story about lying, in an attempt to impress the audience and a panel of three carefully selected international master judges whose decision may or may not be final. They'll be competing for the most treasured trophy in the storytelling world – the legendary Hodja Cup - plus a chance to win one hundred guineas in hard cash, and be heralded the ‘Liar’s Laureate’.

THE RULES: Each entrant must tell a lie, a lying tale, or a story about a lie or lying, which is longer than 3 minutes, but shorter than 7 minutes. Points out of 10 will be awarded according to:
A. The CONTENT of the lie
B. The DELIVERY of the lie
C. The AUDIENCE RESPONSE to the lie.

THE JUDGES: Three judges from this world, the other world, or anywhere in-between, have been carefully selected for their unmatched probity. Their identity will be kept highly secret until the night of the contest, in order to avert any attempts at bribery. The Judges’ decision may or may not be final.

HOW TO ENTER: To apply to enter the contest, please e-mail the Master of Ceremonies, Ben Haggarty at ben@crickcrackclub.com stating your name, a little about yourself and why you (as opposed to anyone else) should be allowed to enter. Closing date for applications is 28th Feb 2017. Entrants will be announced on the 5th March 2017. (We have limited places, so please accept, in advance, our apologies that we may be unable to admit all applicants)

 TICKETS:  £9/£7 (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: Saturday 1st April to Sunday 2nd April 2017, 2 days, 9.30am to 5.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Intermediate Storytelling workshop  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

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

 DESCRIPTION: 
In a nutshell: A short intermediate course, led by Ben Haggarty, and aimed at those who already have some experience of telling traditional tales.

Go on... This 2-day practical workshop looks at the shaping and construction of stories using Indo-European wonder tales (fairytales) as a starting point. In particular it will explore how spoken, improvised language functions within a narrative, and will introduce key compositional tools design to bring out the emotional life of a story.

What to expect: This two day workshop is packed with exercises, talk, discussion, and telling stories...

Who’s involved? Ben Haggarty: Ben is a world class performance storyteller and a much sought after trainer and director. For over 30 years he has pioneered the re-visioning of storytelling as a contemporary performance art. He is director of the legendary Crick Crack Club, and Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin. Ben's understanding of orality and the spoken word (as differentiated from writing and the recited word), metaphor, magic and the dramaturgy of performance storytelling is unsurpassed.

‘the art of storytelling is in the surest safest hands here’ Remote Goat

 TICKETS:  This workshop takes place over two days, 9.30am to 5.30pm, cost £150.00. A booking fee of £1.50 per transaction applies for this event (for non-members) :: www.richmix.org.uk :: Box Office: 0207 613 7498 or email boxoffice@richmix.org.uk

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & Rich Mix


 DATE: Monday 3rd April 2017, 8pm (running time 70 mins)  EVENT TITLE: Myths unleashed - Atalanta  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

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

 DESCRIPTION:  (Soho Storytelling Season no.24)
A girl raised by a bear, Centaurs intent on rape, maniacal kings, troublesome boars and bitterly feuding deities contrive the bloodiest race to ever stain the soil of Arcady.

Audaciously reshuffling epic Greek Mythology, Ben Haggarty brings to the stage a fierce tale of a remarkable virgin hunter and devotee of Artemis who sure as hell doesn’t want to have anything to do with men.

Here the veneers of classical civilisation are stripped away and the truly awesome implications of the tales are made, sometimes unbearably, clear. Spend a moonlit night in the company of wild women, cocksure warriors and gods unleashed.

‘A fresh dose of magic that you need in your life.’ ***** 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 9th April 2017, 2.30pm - 5pm  EVENT TITLE: Myths retold - 7 Princesses - or Haft Paykar of Nizami  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Xanthe Gresham Knight with Arash Moradi, tanbour

 VENUE: BP Lecture Theatre (in the Clore Education Centre beneath the Great Court), The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG  AUDIENCE: adults (15+)

 DESCRIPTION:  When night poured out its silken sack of musky black, King Bahrum, overcome by wine and love, asked the Black Princess with eyes like a gazelle, to open up her treasure box and tell him a tale...' So begins the first of seven playful, poetic, and often deeply erotic tales.

Xanthe Gresham Knight and Arash Moradi serve up a wild Persian fairytale. A labyrinthine epic of secret rooms, impatient passions, clever women, wigs, and a prince who wrestled his crown from the teeth of two wild lions to become king.

Nizami, one of the best loved Iranian epic poets, wrote The Seven Princesses or 'Haft Paykar' in the 12th century AD, influencing generations of poets and storytellers across the world.

‘Vivid, magical and occasionally very bizarre.’ **** Everything Theatre
‘A truly great storyteller, you'll leave with something beautiful created in your own mind.’ British Theatre Review :: 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 8th May 2017, 8pm (running time 60 mins)  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups - Uncaged  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Michael Harvey

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

 DESCRIPTION:  (Soho Storytelling Season no.24)
A wild man in a cage is holding the exact thing you’ve been looking for, and you don’t have the key...

In a charm-your-socks-off performance, Michael Harvey brings us a story of uncaged wonder and transformation, complete with cross-dressing, a huge hairy man, attempted seduction, and a plot that twists and turns.

This story comes from a place where everyday life and the fantastic collide – somewhere simultaneously earthy, ethereal and real. Michael unearths a Breton version of a famous Grimms fairytale which will blow your mind. Hang on to your hats – this one’s a corker!

‘Mesmerising.’ Sunday Times :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club and Soho Theatre


 DATE: Monday 5th June 2017, 8pm (running time 70 mins)  EVENT TITLE: The Frog Princess Punked  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Sally Pomme Clayton, with music by Georgia Kalogeropoulou & Dawn Rose, images by Fotios Begklis

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

 DESCRIPTION:  (Soho Storytelling Season no.24)
Crazed Russian fairytale meets punk rock. Ivan is forced to marry a frog. Baba Yaga meets Koschey the Deathless. And the patriarchy is challenged...

Pioneering storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton and an all-girl band weld the noise of punk with a surreal narrative about the perils of annexing the wild, and the wisdom of letting the women loose. Together they create a cacophony of spoken word, song and distortion, amidst a scratch collage of images. It’s gonna be angry. It’s gonna be loud!

‘‘Disgusting! Get out before the doors close!’’ Guardian :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club and Soho Theatre


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 DATE: Saturday 18th March 2017, 8pm  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups: Grim Grimms - Three Drops of Blood  LOCATION: York  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty, with music by Sherry Robinson

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Sometimes the cost of a broken promise is to pay with your life...

Gothic, stark, beguiling and beautiful - Ben Haggarty ventures into the wild side of fairytale to haul four lesser-known Grimm tales back out of the nursery and into the dark and full-blooded realm of fairytales for grown-ups. This is brimful of forbidden doors, magical transformations, betrayal, comeuppance, and talking skulls.

Come and make a deal with the devil....what could possible go wrong?!

The fairytales collected by the Brothers Grimm are like half remembered rituals - full of vitality, meaning and inklings, the importance of which remain tantalisingly out of reach. Fresh, hypnotic, and sometimes downright comedic, Ben Haggarty blends the spontaneity and physicality of a master storyteller with Sherry Robinson's exquisite cello, harp and accordion.

‘Storytelling genius’ Brighton Fringe
‘Wise, dark and deliciously funny’ **** Remote Goat :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club, York Theatre Royal & York Literature Festival

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