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 DATE: Sunday 9th December 2018, 2.30pm - 5.30pm  EVENT TITLE: I know not – an afternoon of Sufi storytelling  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Chirine El Ansary

 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:  Why do dervishes whirl? Why is the mule so fond of the camel? Some questions have been asked forever, and most are asking something else entirely.

IIn a performance laced with subversion, rebellion, comedy, poetry, and philosophy, the acclaimed Egyptian performer, Chirine El Ansary, takes an unexpected journey into the bizarre and beautiful Sufi realm.

Simultaneously ancient and contemporary, this is a performance full of mystics, forgotten faiths, fairy tales and inklings.

‘Captivating, enchanting, a joy to witness’ Everything Theatre
‘like all good storytellers, she lives between reality and the world of the story’ Cairo Times
‘...the storyteller of our hearts...’ Our Word Magazine, Cairo :: 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: Tuesday 11th December 2018, 7pm - 8.30pm  EVENT TITLE: The House of Nine Lives  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Tim Ralphs, Nell Phoenix and TUUP

 VENUE: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB  AUDIENCE: For adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Across the globe, between worlds, and into the land of the dead, the path of the cat knows no boundaries.

In a night of grown-up fairytales, myth, and folktale, three Crick Crack Club storytellers delve deep into the inscrutable, sharp-clawed, comedic, nine-lived, metamorphosing, regularly reincarnated world of Felix Catus and other more feral felines. :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £15/£12/£10 :: www.bl.uk :: Phone 01937 546546 :: Email boxoffice@bl.uk

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


 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


 DATE: Wednesday 9th January 2019, 8pm. Followed by a post show Q&A with the performers  EVENT TITLE: Wise Ones, Wild Ones  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty, Jan Blake, Daniel Morden and Laura Sampson

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

 DESCRIPTION:  The old crone living on the edge of the village, the hermit, the sage, the shaman, the manipulative guru, the Zen monk, the High Priestess, Baba Yaga, Yoda, Iron Hans, Circe... They're sometimes wild, often wise, and whether you should take their advice remains to be seen.

Welcome to the Crick Crack Club‘s alternative Tarot! From flawed epic heroes, the petulant pantheons of myth and the masks of the fairytale mysteries, to the tropes of Hollywood Blockbusters and the journalistic glamory of the news – we’re surrounded by archetypes and their shadows – figures that encapsulate recurring patterns of behaviour. By definition they’re clichés and we need them to make stories work!

Let Ben Haggarty, Jan Blake, Daniel Morden and Laura Sampson, deal the first card, take you to play with the wild ones in the wood, and explore why these potent characters populate our myth, our fairytale, and our psyche. Who will you trust?

‘UK’s most vivid and exciting storytelling organisation’ Ian McMillan, The Times :: 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: Friday 18th January 2019, 8pm  EVENT TITLE: Kali  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Emily Hennesey with Sheema Mukherjee (sitar)

 VENUE: Hall 2, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG  AUDIENCE: Adults

 DESCRIPTION:  Hindu mythology illuminates a mind-blowing world of radical transformations and Kali is one of the wildest shape-shifters of them all. Storyteller Emily Hennessey and sitar player Sheema Mukherjee take you on a white-knuckled tuk-tuk ride through sun-kissed palaces and fiend-infested forests with Kali the demon-slayer, life-saver and Supreme Mother.

‘tangible magic’ Exeunt Magazine :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  Online Price: £9.50 (subject to availability) plus £3 booking fee :: www.kingsplace.co.uk :: Box Office 020 7520 1490

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club and Kings Place


 DATE: Sunday 10th February 2019, 2.30pm - 5.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Myths retold - Gilgamesh  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty, music by Jonah Brody

 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:  An ancient hero, a wild man tamed, a quest for eternal life, and the deepest secrets of the gods… Over 3,500 years after this ancient Mesopotamian myth was first recorded on clay tablets in cuneiform, world-renowned storyteller, Ben Haggarty, and multi-instrumentalist, Jonah Brody, bring Gilgamesh to the stage in an extraordinary, passionate and powerful telling of one of the first great works of literature.

‘Vivid, rich and imposingly epic **** ’ The Times :: 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: Wednesday 27th March 2019, 8pm  EVENT TITLE: The Son of the Buffalo Women  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Jan Blake with drummer John Predare

 VENUE: Hall 2, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG  AUDIENCE: Adults

 DESCRIPTION:  Acclaimed storyteller Jan Blake and long-term collaborator, drummer John Predare, bring an epic performance to Kings Place. This inspiring tale – The Birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the great Malian Empire of West Africa – reaches across the centuries, from its origins in 13th-century Africa to the conflicts in our own time where its telling has been forbidden. :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  Online Price: £9.50 (subject to availability) plus £3 booking fee :: www.kingsplace.co.uk :: Box Office 020 7520 1490

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club and Kings Place


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 DATE: Thursday 10th January 2019, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: Uncaged & The White Bear (double bill)  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS:  Michael Harvey :: Sally Pomme Clayton

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

 DESCRIPTION:  On one hand, a princess marries a bear, who comes to her bed each night as a man. On the other, a wild man in a cage is holding the exact thing you've been looking for, and you don't have the key...

Enter a wild haven of fairytales for grown-ups - dark, magical & full-blooded by turn, and filled with stolen children, cross-dressing, seduction, glass mountains, trolls, trickery, and epic transformations.

These stories come from a place where everyday life and the fantastic collide – somewhere simultaneously earthy, ethereal and real - and only those who listen know what they mean. Hold on to your hats - this one's going to be a corker! :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 advance (£12 on the door) :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Thursday 7th February 2019, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: Aye, Coyote!  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Tim Dalling

 VENUE: The Cube, Dove Street South, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS2 8JD  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+)

 DESCRIPTION:  “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.

Contains nudity, milk & blood... :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Thursday 7th March 2019, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: Telling the Blues  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Jan Blake, music by Matt Chandler

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Fusing grown-up fairytale, legend and song, 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.

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, spirituals and field hollers, created, sang and lived the BLUES!

This is a performance to raise the roof and bring the stars down to the windows to listen...

‘Vivid, rich and imposingly epic’ **** Timeout:: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 advance (£12 on the door) :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


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 DATE: From 6.30pm Sunday 12th May to 5.00pm Friday 17th May 2019 (5 full days)  EVENT TITLE: Ben Haggarty School of Performance Storytelling, Foundation Week 1 (F1) – Basic Compositional Techniques  LOCATION: Worcestershire  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Worcester/Hereford borders  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+). Please note: for applicants for whom English is a second language, you must be very fluent and confident, as these courses are not text based and demand constant spoken word improvisation.

 DESCRIPTION:  Following a little break to have a baby, Ben Haggarty’s residential training programme for performance storytellers is back!

Working with folktales and wondertales, this weeklong introductory course sets out the basic paradigm of contemporary oral storytelling. It provides a referential framework for understanding the different genres of international traditional narrative; demonstrates how imagination and experience combine in storytelling; differentiates the nature of orality from the nature of literacy; shows how language works, and introduces rasa theory, an ancient and highly effective compositional tool.

Participants will explore the relationship between words and visualisation, narrative patterns and structure; how improvised language operates within a narrative, and how composition can bring out the emotional life of a story.

Expect an intensive week of work packed with exercises, talk, discussion, and telling stories. You'll discover your innate inner storyteller and begin to appreciate its skills...

Cost £350 with food and basic, 'cosy' accommodation for 5 nights provided free of charge. We can also provide camping accommodation for 2 or 3 people. Alternatively you are welcome to seek more luxurious accommodation in local Airbnbs.

 BOOKING:  Capacity is limited to 8 and course places are by application. A small number of discounts to support younger storytellers (under 35) will be available at the course provider’s discretion. Please email Epicstory2@aol.com epicstory2@aol.com with subject header Foundation 1 for an application form.

 ORGANISER:  Ben Haggarty


 DATE: From 6.30pm Friday 7th June to 5.00pm Sunday 9th June 2019 (2 full days)  EVENT TITLE: Ben Haggarty School of Performance Storytelling :: Principals of Movement in Storytelling  LOCATION: Worcestershire  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Worcester/Hereford borders  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+). Please note: for applicants for whom English is a second language, you must be very fluent and confident, as these courses are not text based and demand constant spoken word improvisation.

 DESCRIPTION:  Following a little break to have a baby, Ben Haggarty’s residential training programme for performance storytellers is back!

The body speaks. This short and intense residential workshop introduces a practical grammar and framework for understanding how gestures, movements and displacements support and clarify storytelling, based on the reworking and retelling of folktale, fairytale myth & epic. What is signalled by deliberate movement and what is betrayed by unconscious movement? The workshop is for those familiar with the improvised spoken word paradigm of performance storytelling and who have a basic repertoire of traditional narratives that can be drawn on readily. It aims to furnish participants with the practical knowledge to start integrating these principals into their own work, and to also assess what deeper specific training in the areas of body knowledge and movement (martial arts, dance, mime, etc) they might seek.

Cost £150, with food and basic 'cosy' accommodation for two nights provided free of charge. We can also provide camping accommodation for 2 or 3 people. Alternatively you are welcome to seek more luxurious accommodation in local Airbnbs.

 BOOKING:  Capacity is limited to 8 and course places are by application. A small number of discounts to support younger storytellers (under 35) will be available at the course provider’s discretion. Please email Epicstory2@aol.com epicstory2@aol.com with subject header Movement for an application form.

 ORGANISER:  Ben Haggarty


 DATE: From 6.30pm Sunday 15th September to 5.00pm Friday 20th September 2019 (5 full days)  EVENT TITLE: Ben Haggarty School of Performance Storytelling, Foundation Week 2 (F2) – Basic Performative Techniques  LOCATION: Worcestershire  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Worcester/Hereford borders  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+). Please note: for applicants for whom English is a second language, you must be very fluent and confident, as these courses are not text based and demand constant spoken word improvisation.

 DESCRIPTION:  Following a little break to have a baby, Ben Haggarty’s residential training programme for performance storytellers is back!

Aimed at storytellers wishing to perform formally in public, this workshop explores preliminary stage movement; the relationship between speech and gesture; the use of space in performance and the fractal rhythms that relate story, body and voice. Using comedic folktales and epic mythology, participants will explore how spatial and kinaesthetic imagination can become embodied and amplified.

Expect an intensive week of work packed with exercises, talk, discussion, late nights and telling stories...

Foundation 2 is a for those with some experience of performance storytelling - and ideally who have either undertaken Foundation 1, or Ben Haggarty's Intermediate short course as this course involves the applying Rasa theory. Please contact Ben Haggarty to discuss if you're not sure whether you're eligible.

Cost £350 with food and basic, 'cosy' accommodation for 5 nights provided free of charge. We can also provide camping accommodation for 2 or 3 people. Alternatively you are welcome to seek more luxurious accommodation in local Airbnbs.

 BOOKING:  Capacity is limited to 8 and course places are by application. A small number of discounts to support younger storytellers (under 35) will be available at the course provider’s discretion. Please email Epicstory2@aol.com epicstory2@aol.com with subject header Foundation 2 for an application form.

 ORGANISER:  Ben Haggarty


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 DATE: Wednesday 5th June 2019, 7.45pm (running time 2hrs incl. interval)  EVENT TITLE: The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos  LOCATION: Newcastle  ARTISTS: Clare Muireann Murphy and Daniel Morden

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

 DESCRIPTION:  A concentration camp seems an unlikely backdrop for a wild night of fairytales for grown-ups, but when the poet, journalist and bouffon Robert Desnos is captured by the Nazis for spying for the French Resistance, his response is to organise clandestine storytelling gatherings. As the horror of the camps grows, so does the dark enchantment, surreal comedy and transformative power of the stories.

Funny, tragic, moving, and true The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos is an extraordinary exploration of countless other worlds and the power of the imagination to shape and affect reality :: 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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