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 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: Thursday 13th April 2017, 8.30pm (running time 75 mins approx)  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups - Baba Yaga!  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Xanthe Gresham

 VENUE: Art House, 159A Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, London, N8 9BT  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Russian super-witch, much maligned deity, uber-goddess or crone…. whichever way you look at it, Baba Yaga, would like to meet you, then eat you.

In a night of fairytale for grown-ups, Xanthe Gresham Knight gets us lost in the woods and into the bony hands of granny bandy-legs, the classic hag superior. With one leg made of iron and the other of wood, her transport of choice is a giant pestle and mortar, and her home a spinning house balanced on a pair of yellow chicken legs.

Win her fire and with it power over the dark forest…or get eaten.

‘A truly great storyteller.’ British Theatre Review :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  Art House and 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: Sunday 14th May 2017, 2.30pm - 5pm  EVENT TITLE: Myths Retold - Mr Sandmann: bringer of dreams and nightmares  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:  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.

Join acclaimed performance storyteller Ben Haggarty as he embarks on a twisted homage to Americana and the pop culture of the 50s, 60s and 70s, in search for the truth behind the Chordettes hit Mr Sandmann.

In a dark and unsettling performance, where Marilyn Monroe is a target in a shooting gallery, and the moon landing is more than a sideshow, the truth behind Warhol’s Silver Dream Factory is gradually revealed.

This arcane mash-up of urban legends, fairytales and the founding myth of Judeo-Christian culture won Fringe First Award for Best Spoken Word at the Brighton Festival in 2013.

‘It's not all fairy godmothers and happy endings, you know. Haggarty has created an intense and alarming performance... Screw up your courage and go.’ Erica Wagner, The Times
‘2 hours of storytelling genius. Often beautiful, sometimes frightening, Sandmann is wonderful and wondrous.’ Fringe 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: Thursday 25th May 2017, 8.30pm (running time 60 mins approx)  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups - The Balance of Things...or How to Settle a Debt with a Chicken  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Michael Harvey

 VENUE: Art House, 159A Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, London, N8 9BT  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Venture into the vibrant and liminal world of Breton fairytales, and a landscape filled with encounters with beauties, beasts, strange companions, bizarre marriages, and ruthless atonement.

In a charm-your-socks-off performance, Michael Harvey draws on the collections of François-Marie Luzel, to recast and retell these grown up tales of wonder with a disarmingly light touch.

These stories come from a place where everyday life and the fantastic collide – somewhere simultaneously earthy, ethereal and real…with a decidedly comedic twist.

‘Mesmerising’ The Sunday Times :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  Art House and The Crick Crack Club


 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


 DATE: Sunday 11th June 2017, 2.30pm - 5.15pm  EVENT TITLE: Myths retold - The Son of the Buffalo Woman  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Jan Blake with drummer John Predare

 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:  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.

Hunters, kings and women of power become entangled in prophecy, mythology, shame, pride and insult in one of the most exciting birth-of-a-hero 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 Predare bring an epic performance to the British Museum. This inspiring tale reaches across the centuries, from its origins in medieval Africa to the conflicts in our own time when its telling is forbidden. Expect an exhilarating collision of wild song and heroic story.

‘One of the world’s greatest storytellers.’ André Naffis-Sahely :: 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: Thursday 15th June 2017, 8.30pm (running time 75 mins approx)  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups - The Ruined House of Skin  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Nick Hennessey

 VENUE: Art House, 159A Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, London, N8 9BT  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  The hag, a ruined house of skin and bone, sits winding up a thread. It is a thread that draws us slowly, inevitably into the withering arms of age. It is our ruin. But on her tongue is a song, on her breath is the fragrance of truth.

This story of a great search and the ultimate journey, is a reconfiguration of wild Irish mythology that lays bare our thirst for truth. Performance storyteller and singer, Nick Hennessey brings a dying king and the prince who wants to claim his crown to the Art House stage. This will be elemental, poetic and moving.

‘spell binding’ The South Bank, London
‘Compelling’ The Times
‘he brings that rare combination of artistic adventure and absolute accessibility…magical’ London Literature Festival :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  Art House and The Crick Crack Club


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 DATE: Saturday 22nd April 2017, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)  EVENT TITLE: Myths retold - 7 Princesses - or Haft Paykar of Nizami  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Xanthe Gresham Knight with Arash Moradi, tanbour

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

 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
For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  Adult/child :: £10/£5 (plus booking fee) : book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours). Advance booking essential.

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Ancient Technology Centre


 DATE: Saturday 24th June 2017, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups - Shifter  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: TUUP & Jan Blake

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Sometimes what you see is not what you get...

Transmogrifying humans; old ladies with animalistic tendencies, feral lovers, protective mothers, Loogaroos with sly eyes this is a night of transformations.

With unsurpassed style & alarming charisma, The Unorthodox Unprecedented Preacher TUUP, and the mistress of Afro-Caribbean storytelling Jan Blake, pick their way through an untamed landscape in the company of those who can become other in mind, in body, and in spirit.
For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  Adult/child :: £10/£5 (plus booking fee) : Buy online or book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours). Advance booking highly recommended. If you buy them on the door, please note that we’re a CASH ONLY venue.

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Ancient Technology Centre

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