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 DATE: Wednesday 25th September 2019, 8pm  EVENT TITLE: Tricksters & Fools  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Sarah Liisa Wilkinson, Tim Ralphs, TUUP & Nell Phoenix

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

 DESCRIPTION:  You can't make friends with the tricksters and only a fool judges a fool...

Anansi, Mr, Mrs & Mx Coyote, Till Eulenspiegel, Scheharazade, the Ash Lad, Baubo, Mr Punch, the devil, Banksy and many, many more… By transgressing every rule, norm and taboo these tricksters and trickstesses help us to set our moral compass, as they expose the consequences of complete and utter lawlessness, both good and bad.

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!

Sarah Liisa Wilkinson, Tim Ralphs, TUUP & Nell Phoenix dare to flip over the joker in our crick crack tarot pack. Let the chaos commence!

‘The Crick Crack Club is something special’ A Younger 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: Sunday 10th October 2019, 2.30pm - 3.45pm  EVENT TITLE: Crow Dog  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: TUUP

 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:  Enter a world of transformation, myth and magic at these unique storytelling performances for grown-ups...

In the 1800s the turbulent uprising of the American civil war leaves an African American boy orphaned. His name is Henry, but that's about to change. Destitute, this young blood is found by a group of Seminole Indians, with whom he begins a life of vision quests and shamanic animism.

The Unorthodox Unprecedented preacher, TUUP, takes to the stage with unsurpassed style and alarming charisma. This is storytelling to bring the moon and stars down to listen at the windows.... :: 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: Saturday 9th November to Sunday 10th November 2019, 2 days, 10am to 6pm  EVENT TITLE: Introductory Storytelling workshop  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: The Mix, Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. This event is wheelchair accessible.  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+)

 DESCRIPTION:  The fairytale-teller extraordinaire, Ben Haggarty leads a storytelling workshop.

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.

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

BOOKING REQUIREMENTS :: Participants are required to speak fluent English.

 TICKETS:  This workshop takes place over two days, 10am to 6pm, 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: Sunday 17th November 2019, 2.30pm - 5.00pm  EVENT TITLE: 1001 Nights  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

 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 and 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.

Combining grown-up folk and fairytale, she draws us into the most intriguing episodes of The Nights - and the deepest passions and desires of men and women.

The performance complements the current Room 35 exhibition Inspired by the east: how the Islamic world influenced western art

‘like all good storytellers, she lives between reality and the world of the story ’ Cairo Times :: 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: Saturday 30th November 2019, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: The Frog Princess Punked  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: The Swamp Girls :: Sally Pomme Clayton with Georgia Kalogeropoulou, Dawn Rose, Fotios Begklis

 VENUE: Hall 2, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG  AUDIENCE: Adults (16+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Crazed Russian fairytale meets punk rock. Baba Yaga is unleashed. Prince Ivan is forced to marry a frog. And the patriarchy is challenged… Pioneering storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton and an all-girl band The Swamp Girls 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. This night of adult fairytale will be feral, noisy, and beautiful by turn.

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

 TICKETS:  Online Price: £14.50 (£8.50) plus £3 online booking fee :: www.kingsplace.co.uk :: Box Office 020 7520 1490

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club and Kings Place


 DATE: Wednesday 7th December 2019, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Sovereign  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Clare Murphy, Jan Blake, Jordan Campbell and Ben Haggarty

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Bored tyrants, haughty queens, wounded fishermen, Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Sundiatta, Gilgamesh, Arthur, Genghis Khan, Queen Kunti...

When the Sovereign is sick, the land is sick. When the Sovereign is healthy, the land is healthy… Iron fists, disguised monarchs, gentle rulers, young pretenders all fall under the spotlight. After all, wouldn’t all our inner kingdoms benefit from a little maintenance?!

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. By definition they’re clichés and we need them to make stories work!

Clare Murphy, Jan Blake, Jordan Campbell and Ben Haggarty, deal the 5th card of our alternative tarot and ask where the authority lies. Polish your crowns and prepare to humble hubris!

‘The Crick Crack Club is something special’ A Younger 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


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 DATE: Friday 11th October 2019, 5pm-6pm.  EVENT TITLE: THE KALEVALA : Where the Bear Sleeps  LOCATION: Oxford  ARTISTS: Nick Hennessey

 VENUE: Holywell Music Room, Holywell St, Oxford OX1 3BN  AUDIENCE: Adults

 DESCRIPTION:  Nick Hennessey is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading contemporary storytellers. In 2000 Nick entered the world championship of epic-singing in Espoo near Helsinki, performing The Kalevala (the Finnish national epic) to the Finns, in English. And he won! Today, he delivers us into the deep, snow-filled forests of the Finnish far north. In this world created from shards of egg-shell, the sun and moon are fought over, magic is done and undone, and life is shot through with bizarre ordeals, misguided passions, magical battles and transformations. Expect a remarkable performance of this elemental epic.

Part of ‘Tales of Beyond - Magic, Myths and Mortals’ in the 18th Oxford Lieder Festival :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 (under 35s £5) :: www.oxfordlieder.co.uk :: Box Office 01865 591 276. Please contact the Box Office about special access requirements.

 ORGANISER:  Oxford Lieder Festival


 DATE: Thursday 24th October 2019, 8pm (running time 2hrs 20mins)  EVENT TITLE: Grim Grimms  LOCATION: Canterbury  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty and musician Sianed Jones

 VENUE: The Marlowe, The Friars Canterbury, Kent CT1 2AS  AUDIENCE: Adult

 DESCRIPTION:  World-class storytelling and exquisite music combine in these fairytales for grown-ups.

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. Grim Grimms blends the spontaneity and physicality of a master storyteller with Sherry Robinson’s exquisite music.

Gothic, stark, and beguiling – Ben Haggarty hauls four lesser-known Grimm tales into the dark and full-blooded realm of fairytales for grown-ups. Brimful of forbidden doors, transformations, betrayal, comeuppance, and talking skulls.

‘a fresh dose of magic that you need in your life’ Everything Theatre
‘Truly captivating’ **** British Theatre Guide :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £13.50 :: marlowetheatre.com :: Box Office 01227 787787

 ORGANISER:  The Marlowe and The Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Friday 25th October 2019, 11pm (running time 1hr 10mins)  EVENT TITLE: The Bear And The Weeping Horse  LOCATION: Canterbury  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty and musician Sianed Jones

 VENUE: The Marlowe, The Friars Canterbury, Kent CT1 2AS  AUDIENCE: Family (age 7+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Grimms fairy tales for families.
A princess living as a goose girl…
A man wrapped in the skin of a bear…
A horse that speaks only the truth…

Storyteller Ben Haggarty and musician Sherry Robinson embark on two bold adventures into the fairytale forest of the Brothers Grimm. Complete with strange curses, jealous tricksters, deals with the devil, magical beasts and startling transformations, these are proper full-blooded tales of wonder. Come for a roller coaster ride of enchantment!

For brave children aged 7+ and their grown-ups.

‘Ben tells his stories with enormous relish and gusto’ The Independent :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10.50 :: marlowetheatre.com :: Box Office 01227 787787

 ORGANISER:  The Marlowe and The Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Saturday 26th October 2019, 2pm-3.15pm.  EVENT TITLE: GRIM GRIMMS (part of Symposium - The Boy's Magic Horn)  LOCATION: Oxford  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty and musician Sherry Robinson

 VENUE: Holywell Music Room, Holywell St, Oxford OX1 3BN  AUDIENCE: Adults

 DESCRIPTION:  Ben Haggarty, master storyteller and founder of the Crick Crack Club, and multi-instrumentalist Sherry Robinson give their acclaimed telling of Brothers Grimm tales.

‘the fresh dose of magic you need in your life’ Everything Theatre

Part of ‘Tales of Beyond - Magic, Myths and Mortals’ in the 18th Oxford Lieder Festival :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 :: www.oxfordlieder.co.uk :: Box Office 01865 591 276. Please contact the Box Office about special access requirements.

 ORGANISER:  Oxford Lieder Festival


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 DATE: 29th - 31st August 2019 :: 7.30pm - 8.30pm & 9pm -10.15pm each evening  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups at the Fabularium  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty, Jan Blake, TUUP, Michael Harvey, Emily Hennessey, Sheema Mukherjee, Daniel Morden, Nell Phoenix, Tim Ralphs & TUUP

 VENUE: Fabularium, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5UY (at the bottom of Park Street, next to City Hall and the Cathedral, just a stone’s throw from the harbour)  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+) except Downright Rude! (16+)

 DESCRIPTION: 
Thursday
THE GRATEFUL AND THE DEAD by Ben Haggarty
SHIFTER by Jan Blake & TUUP

Friday
THE BALANCE OF THINGS by Michael Harvey
KALI! by Emily Hennessey, music by Sheema Mukherjee

Saturday
FROM THE WOODS by Daniel Morden
DOWNRIGHT RUDE! (16+) with Nell Phoenix, Tim Ralphs & TUUP


‘A fresh dose of magic you need in your life’ Everything Theatre :: MORE DETAILS

 TICKETS:  £7.50 except Downright Rude! £9 : plus booking fee :: crickcrackclub.com/fabularium/grown-ups

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club


 DATE: 30th August - 1st September 2019 :: 11am – 12noon & 2pm – 3pm each day  EVENT TITLE: Myths For Kids at the Fabularium  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Jan Blake, Emily Hennessey, Sheema Mukherjee, Sally Pomme Clayton, Ben Haggarty, Nell Phoenix, Daniel Morden, Oli Wilson Dickson

 VENUE: Fabularium, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5UY (at the bottom of Park Street, next to City Hall and the Cathedral, just a stone’s throw from the harbour)  AUDIENCE: Family

 DESCRIPTION: 
Friday
ANANSI! STORY! (ages 7+) by Jan Blake
THE FLYING MONKEY (ages 6+) by Emily Hennessey, music by Sheema Mukherjee

Saturday
THE KING WITH DIRTY FEET (ages 5+) by Sally Pomme Clayton
THE DEVIL, THE TSAR & 3 DRY BISCUITS (ages 7+) by Ben Haggarty

Sunday
AAARGH GIANTS! (ages 6+) by Nell Phoenix
THE LUCK CHILD (ages 7+) by Daniel Morden, music by Oli Wilson Dickson


‘A fresh dose of magic you need in your life’ Everything Theatre :: MORE DETAILS

 TICKETS:  £4 single / £10 family of 3 / £12 family of 4 : plus booking fee :: crickcrackclub.com/fabularium/family

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Thursday 12th September 2019, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups - GRIM GRIMMS...  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty and musician Sherry Robinson

 VENUE: The Cube, Dove Street South, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS2 8JD  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 out of the nursery and back 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.

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.

‘Wise, dark, deliciously funny **** Remote Goat :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Saturday 14th September 2019, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm). Running time 70 mins, no interval.  EVENT TITLE: Beowulf!  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Jesper La Cour & Troels Kirk Ejsing - The Telling Theatre

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Imagine how you would feel if you where the King of Denmark in the 7th century with gold, glory and a big reputation…. but your only problem was a 500 pound ugly and fetid troll, named Grendel, killing your men at random.

Maybe you would call it a true nightmare, but 1300 years later, storytellers call it the magnificent beginning of a great story. Danish storytellers, Jesper la Cour and Troels Kirk Ejsing, bring their physical, vital and comedic version of Beowulf to the Earthouse. Sitting face to face across the Viking ship, the distance between the action and the audience is minimal.

This is a prize performance of an ancient story that’s not to be missed.

‘it’s grim, it’s exciting, it’s exceedingly funny, and it keeps its audience tuned in the whole way through.’ Now Toronto

For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  Adult :: £11 (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 10th October 2019, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for grown-ups - MELUSINE  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: TUUP with music by Hamid Mantu and Tim Whelan

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Enter a world of supernatural beasts, power, jealousy & transformation.

Medieval rulers of England and France often claimed descent from a part demonic, part angelic, part human, part fish-tailed creature called Melusine - a creator of peace and of conflict, a builder of cities, a vengeful daughter and a wronged wife – a legendary figure who the kings would credit for their achievements and blame for their cruelties.

World renowned storyteller TUUP, joins forces with regular collaborators from the band Transglobal Underground, Hamid ManTu and Tim Whelan, to bring these wild medieval legends into focus for a new world.

Combining story, music, unpredictable instrumentation & contemporary technology, journey with them through a landscape that is as much science-fiction as it is fairytale. :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Saturday 12th October 2019, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm).  EVENT TITLE: Melusine  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: TUUP, with music by Transglobal Underground’s Hamid ManTu and Tim Whelan

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Enter a world of supernatural beasts, power, jealousy & transformation.

It is said that the Norman kings of England claimed to be descended in-part from demons, from angels, and from a fishtailed creature named Melusine: a creator of peace and of conflict, a builder of cities, a vengeful daughter and a wronged wife – a legendary figure who the kings would credit for their achievements and blame for their viciousness.

World renowned storyteller TUUP, joins forces with regular collaborators from the band Transglobal Underground, Hamid ManTu and Tim Whelan, to bring these wild medieval legends into focus for a new world.

Combining story, music, unpredictable instrumentation & contemporary technology, journey with them through a landscape that is as much science-fiction as it is fairytale.

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: Friday 1st November 2019, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: THE DAY OF THE DEAD  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Daniel Morden, Sarah Liisa Wilkinson, Clare Murphy

 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 **** Everything Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Saturday 2nd November 2019, 3pm (70 mins show)  EVENT TITLE: The Day of the Dead Family Show  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Clare Murphy, TUUP & Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Cranborne Earth House, The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP  AUDIENCE: Family, suitable for children 6+

 DESCRIPTION:  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. This is the wonderful family friendly version of the Crick Crack Club’s annual autumn celebration, inspired by the Mexican festival of the Dias de Los Muertos.

Join three Crick Crack storytellers to acknowledge death and celebrate life in joyful fashion, complete with shrines, ritual and magical stories.

‘a joyous chance to revel in life and death ****Everything Theatre

For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  £8 adult £3 child (booking fees apply) : Buy online or book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours).

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Ancient Technology Centre


 DATE: Saturday 2nd November 2019, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm).  EVENT TITLE: The Day of the Dead  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Clare Murphy, TUUP & Tim Ralphs

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

 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 ****Everything Theatre

For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  Adult :: £11 (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 5th December 2019, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm). 75 mins show, no interval.  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups - REBRANDING BEELZEBUB  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Tim Ralphs

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Have you seen the cloven hoof prints on the cellar steps? Have you heard the fiddle player cursing? Can you smell the scent of burning secrets?

Shot through with diabolical horror, absurd confessions and humour fit for the unholy ghost - master of all things odd, Tim Ralphs, shines a spotlight on Him Downstairs, Old Nick, Beelzebub, the Devil himself, to see if he might just be ready for a rebrand!

In this wild reimagining of folktale, fairytale and urban legend, Tim exhumes the bones of ancient Devil stories and stitches them into new skins for fresh consumption. This grand collection spans supermarket stalls, urban sprawls, mad drunken preachers and widow’s sons: darkly humorous with disturbing twists and a distinct whiff of sulphur....

‘pure and utter genius’ Huddersfield Literature Festival
‘Elegant, funny, & often irreverent... **** Fringe Guru :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


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 DATE: Saturday 17th August 2019, 12noon, 2pm, 3.30pm (each performance lasts 30 mins)  EVENT TITLE: Storytelling for families at the RSC  LOCATION: Stratford-upon-Avon  ARTISTS: Daniel Morden

 VENUE: The Swirl, Bancroft Terrace, outside Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB  AUDIENCE: Families :: all ages except The Fool for 7+

 DESCRIPTION: 
12 noon: Happily Ever Laughter
With a repertoire of timeless tales, Daniel Morden is like a human Netflix, he will select a tale to amaze, amuse, delight or confuse!

2pm: Family Tales
Who doesn't love a good once-upon-a-time story? Magical tales from long ago, suitable for all ages.

3.30pm: The Fool of the World
Expect mysterious strangers, dark forests, impossible tasks, high drama & low comedy!

 TICKETS:  Free, but booking required :: BOOK FREE TICKETS

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & the RSC


 DATE: Saturday 24th August 2019, 12noon, 2pm, 3.30pm (each performance lasts 30 mins)  EVENT TITLE: Storytelling for families at the RSC  LOCATION: Stratford-upon-Avon  ARTISTS: Jan Blake

 VENUE: The Swirl, Bancroft Terrace, outside Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB  AUDIENCE: Families :: all ages

 DESCRIPTION: 
12 noon: The Cat’s Tale
A clever cat finds the very best place to live, a family of diligent cats reward their human helper, and a greedy cat eats everything and everyone it sees...up to a certain point!

2pm: The Calabash Children
A woman prays to be a mother, a little sister refuses to do as she’s told, and a wicked godmother tries to get rid of her goddaughter, these are bold tales of stubborn sisters and beautiful friendships.

3.30pm: The Children of Wax
Ngwabi, his brothers and sisters aren't like other children; they're special; they're different and this difference makes them stranger than the rest. The Queen of Afro-Caribbean storytelling, Jan Blake, tells the tale of a family who make the best of what they have.

 TICKETS:  Free, but booking required :: BOOK FREE TICKETS

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & the RSC


 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: Thursday 7th November 2019, 7.45pm (running time 2hrs 20mins incl. interval)  EVENT TITLE: Frankenstein  LOCATION: Newcastle  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty and musician Sianed Jones

 VENUE: Stage 2, Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RH  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, the responsibility of the creator towards the created, and our fear of the unknown.

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:  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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