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 DATE: RESCHEDULED TO Friday 7th August 2020, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Kali  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Emily Hennessey and sitar player Sheema Mukherjee

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

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

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 all. Demon-slayer, supreme-mother, destruction-dancer, this goddess is truly awesome.

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

‘Exhilarating, evocative, vital… a wonderful piece of theatre ***** Theatre Bubble
‘Outstanding! ***** The Latest :: 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: Sunday 29th March 2020, 2.30pm POSTPONED  EVENT TITLE: The Tantric Ten  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Seema Anand

 VENUE: BP Lecture Theatre (in the Clore Education Centre beneath the Great Court), The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+)

 DESCRIPTION:  How can meditating on a goddess who has cut off, and is now holding, her own head, which is feeding on a stream of her own blood, whilst standing on the bodies of a young couple as they make love on a funeral pyre, lead us to the path of ultimate wisdom?

Mashing up performance, lecture and storytelling, Dr Seema Anand, journeys through cremation grounds, yogic practices and death rituals, to decode the mysteries of the most fierce & feared of Hindu goddesses, the Mahavidyas. Expect life, death, creation, destruction and sacrifice, all in search of cosmic truth. :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 (£8) :: www.britishmuseum.org :: Phone 020 7323 8181 :: Ticket Desk in Great Court.

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & the British Museum


 DATE: RESCHEDULED TO Wednesday 15th July 2020, 8pm  EVENT TITLE: The Women Who Gave No F**ks  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Clare Murphy, Alys Torrance, Lucy Lill, +++

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Brace yourselves for tales to make you want to rip up the rules and riot!

Two teams of stand-up tale-tellers slam down stories of the super-women and unstoppably imperfect goddesses who stalk through the world’s myths and legends, with an MC to keep things clean.

Women around the globe are hitting the headlines standing up to abuse of power and calling out inequality. We began tweeting one another the names and images of inspiring super-women who stalk through the world’s myths and legends. Excited by what we found, we dug deeper. Many were new to us – sidelined and almost forgotten. No longer!

From Hungarian domestic warrior and Irish pirate queen, to naughty Greek pig-wife belly goddess, Japanese Sun deity, and Sumerian sword-wielding nemesis, we present myths and legends of kickass females outgunning adversity. Wielding wit, brains, courage, righteous rage and the occasional superpower, these imperfect women embody what can be achieved when we give no fucks.

We bring you glittering pound-shop prizes, a human clap-o-meter and audience power. Who will you crown Supreme Giver of Absolutely None? A celebratory, inspiring night meant for men as much as women.

‘The Crick Crack Club is something special!’ A Younger Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 advance (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 26th April 2020, 2.30pm (duration 70 mins)  EVENT TITLE: Atalanta - a Greek myth retold  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: BP Lecture Theatre (in the Clore Education Centre beneath the Great Court), The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+)

 DESCRIPTION:  A girl raised by a bear. A father’s desperate pursuit for procreation in the name of immortality. And the most terrifying race, with the most terrifying prize.

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.

‘Brutal, unsettling and bloody brilliant.’ Time Out
‘A tour-de-force of storytelling’ Remote Goat :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 (£8) :: www.britishmuseum.org :: Phone 020 7323 8181 :: Ticket Desk in Great Court.

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & the British Museum


 DATE: Wedneday 23rd September 2020, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: On Common Ground: The life & times of John Clare  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Hugh Lupton

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

 DESCRIPTION:  ‘The landscape holds the memory of everyone who has ever trodden it… all we have to do is listen.’ John Clare

Master wordsmith Hugh Lupton puts his ear to the ground to tell the story of nature poet John Clare – tormented by romance laid barren by class, and the loss of freedom to walk ancient pathways as, with the enclosure acts of the 1800s, land was seized, divided and fenced.

Poetic, political and seditious, this performance explores the porous boundaries between language and place, love and lunacy, home and exile.

‘Sheer wizardry in the guise of utter simplicity… wonderfully evocative.’ Eastern Daily Press :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  Earlybird Saver £9.50 / Standard £14.50 :: plus £3 online 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 13 February 2020, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: Wise Ones Wild Ones  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Clare Murphy, Nell Phoenix, Tim Ralphs

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Ever wanted to get in touch with your wild side? Are you sure...?

Come and spend a night in the company of the crone at 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.

Clare Murphy, Tim Ralphs & Nell Phoenix deal the first card in the Crick Crack Club's Alternative Tarot, 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?

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!

‘the Crick Crack Club is something special’ A Younger Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 advance (£12 on the door) + £1 life-long Cube membership payable on the door :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Thursday 12th March 2020, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Frankenstein  LOCATION: Taunton  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty and musician Sianed Jones

 VENUE: Studio Theatre, Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL  AUDIENCE: Adults (16+)

 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, 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.

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.

Expect wild song, steam punk and fast-paced, epic storytelling in the hands of two master performers.

‘Powerful! Atmospheric!’ Durham Literature Festival
‘This is real storytelling’ The Guardian Hay Festival :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10/£8 :: www.thebrewhouse.net :: 01823 283 244

 ORGANISER:  The Brewhouse and the Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Friday 13th March 2020, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Frankenstein  LOCATION: Exeter  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty and musician Sianed Jones

 VENUE: Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ  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, 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, and our fear of the unknown. Expect wild song & epic storytelling in the hands of two master performers.

‘The Nick Cave of storytelling’ Remote Goat :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £12/£10 (plus booking fee) :: cygnettheatre.co.uk :: 01392 277189

 ORGANISER:  Artemis Storytelling and the Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Thursday 19 March 2020 CANCELLED  EVENT TITLE: The Whispering Road  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Nick Hennessey with music by Jonny Dyer & Vicki Swan

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

 DESCRIPTION: 
A bored prince finds a ring washed up by the sea.
An otter sings chained in the moonlight.
A troll seeks human flesh
And a girl is lost...


Brooding, mysterious and exquisitely underscored, performance storyteller Nick Hennessey and celebrated folk duo, Jonny Dyer & Vicki Swan (guitar & nyckelharpa), dive deep into a richly metaphorical fairytale landscape, where traps are set at every turn and each encounter has a deeper purpose.

Come and get yourself enchanted...

‘Captivating’ Oxford Cultural Review
‘storytelling brilliance’ Everything theatre :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 advance (£12 on the door) + £1 life-long Cube membership payable on the door :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Saturday 4th April 2020 CANCELLED  EVENT TITLE: Ticket to the Moon  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Tim Ralphs, Nell Phoenix & Sally Pomme Clayton

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Set the controls for the heart of the sun and the dark side of the moon.

This gravity defying night of fairytale, myth and epic concerns all things off-earth – expect disastrous celestial marriages, dodgy dealings between the sun and the moon, theft, concealment, cosmic creations, and more than a touch of electromagnetic radiation.

In-flight entertainment will be provided by rocket man, Tim Ralphs; the hostess with the mostest, Sally Pomme Clayton, and the lady with the drinks trolley, Nell Phoenix; with air traffic control from Master of Ceremonies Ben Haggarty.

For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  Adult/child (14+) :: £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 16th April 2020, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: Mr Sandmann  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: The Cube, Dove Street South, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS2 8JD  AUDIENCE: Adults (16+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Dark, unsettling and utterly magical, join world-class storyteller, Ben Haggarty, as he slips behind the lights into the dark side of the fairground, where you risk getting more than you bargained for.

Via freak-show and moonshine bar, ready yourself for an intense and alarming journey through the ambivalent mythology of the Sandman. Here Marilyn Monroe is a target in a shooting gallery; the moon-landing is more than a side-show and the truth behind Warhol’s Silver Dream Factory is gradually revealed.

Flirting with Americana; drawing on urban legend, fairytale, myth and folklore, and paying oblique homage to Heinrich Von Kleist, ETA Hoffman, Hans Andersen and Nick Cave, Ben Haggarty surrenders his sanity to the magnetic pull of a ravenous moon.

Winner of Fringe First Award for Best Spoken Word - Brighton Festival 2013

‘ intense and alarming...Screw up your courage and go’ The Times
‘2 hours of storytelling genius ***** Fringe Review :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 advance (£12 on the door) + £1 life-long Cube membership payable on the door :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Saturday 18th April 10am to Sunday 19th April 2020 5pm - 2 full days POSTPONED  EVENT TITLE: Introduction to Performance Storytelling workshop  LOCATION: Taunton  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL  AUDIENCE: Adults

 DESCRIPTION:  A beginner’s storytelling workshop led by Ben Haggarty, fairytale-teller extraordinaire, and director of the legendary Crick Crack Club.

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.

This two day workshop is packed with exercises, talk, discussion, and telling stories…

‘The art of storytelling is in the surest, safest hands here.’ Remote Goat :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £65/£55 :: www.thebrewhouse.net :: 01823 283 244

 ORGANISER:  The Brewhouse and the Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Saturday 9th May 2020, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm).  EVENT TITLE: The Son of Buffalo Woman  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Jan Blake, percussion by John Pradere

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Hunters, kings and women of power become embroiled in prophecy, mythology, shame, pride and insult in one of the most exciting hero birth tales in the world – The Birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the great Malian Empire of West Africa.

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Jan Blake and long-term collaborator, drummer John Pradere bring an epic performance to Kings Place. This inspiring tale reaches across the centuries, from its origins in 13th Century Africa to the conflicts in our own time where its telling has been forbidden.

Expect an exhilarating collision of stirring songs, heroism and a truly remarkable mother.

For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  Adult/child (12+) :: £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 21st May 2020, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: Lovers and Addicts  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Daniel Morden, Sarah Liisa Wilkinson & TUUP

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Don Juan did it all the time; Romeo & Juliet did it in secret; Blue Beard couldn't stop doing it; Narcissus would have liked to do it to himself; who knows how mermaids did it, and then there are those who arduously don't do it at all.

Sarah Liisa Wilkinson, Daniel Morden & TUUP deal the second card in our Alternative Tarot to lay bare the femme fatales, the star-crossed lovers, vampires, addicts, bed-post notchers, narcissists & mirror gazers. Meanwhile, at the controls, Venus & the Moon look down and admire their handiwork.

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!

'Bloody brilliant' Time Out
‘the Crick Crack Club is something special!' A Younger Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 advance (£12 on the door) + £1 life-long Cube membership payable on the door :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Saturday 5th September 2020, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm).  EVENT TITLE: Midir & Etain – the love of one thousand years  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty, music by Sianed Jones

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

 DESCRIPTION:  10th century science fiction, meets Irish epic, meets fantasy, meets horror strip, meets passion play…

Epic storyteller, Ben Haggarty, and wild musician Sianed Jones, tell the extraordinary story of two deities whose cursed pursuit of love spans a thousand years – surviving complex love triangles; impossible quests; multiple monstrous reincarnations, and the partitioning of the world into the land of the mortals and a dark Otherworld.

Ben Haggarty’s intensely physical performance is perfectly matched by Sianed Jones’ brooding soundscapes that occasionally burst into song. Together they cast a spell of archaic magic; balancing the surreal and the comedic with an atmosphere of epic power conjured by the gods, both jealous and generous.

This unbridled fantasy is based on a startling work of 10th Century Irish literature salvaged from a Cheltenham convent, and when you hear it, you’ll wonder just what the nuns were doing with it…

For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  Adult/child (14+) :: £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: Saturday 10th October 2020, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm).  EVENT TITLE: UniVerse + On Common Ground - a double-bill  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Clare Muireann Murphy + Hugh Lupton

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Prepare yourselves for a double-bill of performance storytelling, as Hugh Lupton & Clare Murphy explore the borders we create and the ones we imagine, on land, in the mind and beyond our earthly realm.

UniVerse, by Clare Muireann Murphy

A mathematician finds a gift from a god.
Blacksmiths beat out the music of the spheres.
And why are there turtles everywhere?


Where does myth meet science? Is it only in the middle of the night when we half wake and half sleep? In this eternal place of wonder and insight, time stretches and a fissure opens that builds a dream bridge between many worlds…

Performance storyteller Clare Murphy dances into this liminal space; merging myth, deities, science and a hefty amount of turtle, in a playful exploration of the beginnings of the universe.

On Common Ground, by Hugh Lupton The landscape holds the memory of everyone who has ever trodden it… all we have to do is listen.

Master wordsmith Hugh Lupton puts his ear to the ground to tell the story of Mad poet John Clare – tormented by romance laid barren by class, and the loss of freedom to walk ancient pathways as, with the enclosure acts of the 1800s, land was seized, divided and fenced.

Poetic, political and seditious this performance explores the porous boundariesbetween language and place, love and lunacy, home and exile.

For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  Adult/child (12+) :: £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


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 DATE: RESCHEDULED TO 7.30pm Sunday 16th August to 5.00pm Friday 21st August 2020 (5 full days)  EVENT TITLE: Foundation Storytelling Course 1 - led by Ben Haggarty  LOCATION: Worcestershire  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Marley Bank Studio, West Midlands  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+) Must have fluent spoken English

 DESCRIPTION:  FOUNDATION WEEK 1 – COMPOSITIONAL TECHNIQUES

Working with folktales and wondertales, this week-long course sets out the 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 (includes food and basic accommodation for five nights). A small number of discounts to support younger storytellers (under 35) will be available at the course provider’s discretion.

LOCATION: A secret little studio space in the rural Worcestershire-Herefordshire borders (with cat included)

ACCOMMODATION: Basic, 'cosy' accommodation is provided free of charge (think glamping!). 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. To apply or with questions please email Epicstory2@aol.com epicstory2@aol.com (subject header: Foundation 1)

 ORGANISER:  Ben Haggarty


 DATE: From 7.30pm Friday 5th June to 5.00pm Sunday 7th June 2020 (2 full days)  EVENT TITLE: Principles of Movement in Storytelling - led by Ben Haggarty  LOCATION: Worcestershire  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Marley Bank Studio, West Midlands  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+) Must have fluent spoken English

 DESCRIPTION:  PRINCIPLES OF MOVEMENT IN STORYTELLING (2 day course)

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 (includes food and basic accommodation for two nights). A small number of discounts to support younger storytellers (under 35) will be available at the course provider’s discretion.

LOCATION: A secret little studio space in the rural Worcestershire-Herefordshire borders (with cat included)

ACCOMMODATION: Basic, 'cosy' accommodation is provided free of charge (think glamping!). 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. To apply or with questions please email Epicstory2@aol.com epicstory2@aol.com (subject header: Movement)

 ORGANISER:  Ben Haggarty


 DATE: From 7.30pm Sunday 13th September to 5.00pm Friday 18th September 2020 (5 full days)  EVENT TITLE: Foundation Storytelling Course 2 - led by Ben Haggarty  LOCATION: Worcestershire  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Marley Bank Studio, West Midlands  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+) Must have fluent spoken English

 DESCRIPTION:  FOUNDATION WEEK 2 – PERFORMATIVE TECHNIQUES

Aimed at storytellers wishing to perform formally in public, this workshop explores performance techniques; 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 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 (includes food and basic accommodation for five nights). A small number of discounts to support younger storytellers (under 35) will be available at the course provider’s discretion.

LOCATION: A secret little studio space in the rural Worcestershire-Herefordshire borders (with cat included)

ACCOMMODATION: Basic, 'cosy' accommodation is provided free of charge (think glamping!). 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. To apply or with questions please email Epicstory2@aol.com epicstory2@aol.com (subject header: Foundation 2)

 ORGANISER:  Ben Haggarty


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 DATE: Wednesday 25th March 2020 CANCELLED  EVENT TITLE: The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos (part of York Literature Festival)  LOCATION: York  ARTISTS: Clare Murphy and Daniel Morden

 VENUE: The Studio, York Theatre Royal, St Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD  AUDIENCE: Adults

 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, until the only question that remains is what power does a clown in a concentration camp really have.

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 :: www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk :: Box office: 01904 623 568

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & York Theatre Royal


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 DATE: Thursday 28th May 2020, 7.45pm (running time 2hrs incl. interval)  EVENT TITLE: Kali  LOCATION: Newcastle  ARTISTS: Emily Hennessey with Sheema Mukherjee, sitar

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

 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. Demonslayer, 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.

‘Tangible magic.’ Exuent :: 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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