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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: 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: Saturday 13th July 2019, afternoon & evening event, 12noon - 10.45pm  EVENT TITLE: Greek Myths for Grown-ups!  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Alice Oswald, Hugh Lupton, Ben Haggarty, Daniel Morden, Dr Helen King, Acrojou, & the Trans-Siberian March Band

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Get into Greek myths, Crick Crack Club Style!

Encounter epics by firelight, the musings of shipwrecked warriors, wild ideas, gravity-defying Satyrs and an explosion of Balkan brass, as we enter a world where humans are the playthings of the gods.

Midas with his golden touch, Artemis the wild huntress, Orpheus in the Underworld, Atalanta raised by a bear, Odysseus trying to get home. This is a one-day extravaganza of stories, jesters, words, music & a stunning venue in beautiful countryside.

Whether you know nothing, or lots, about Greek mythology, or have only ever encountered them in their censored childhood guise, this will be a feast for your imagination!

Come and do it like they do on Mount Olympus…

‘Bloody brilliant!’ Time Out

For PROGRAM and FULL DETAILS see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

 TICKETS:  Whole Event Ticket:£25 :: Individual show tickets:£6-£10 (booking fees apply) : Book online

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Ancient Technology Centre


 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: 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: 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: 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


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 DATE: Saturday 20th July 2019, 12noon, 2pm, 3.30pm (each performance lasts 30 mins)  EVENT TITLE: Storytelling for families at the RSC  LOCATION: Stratford-upon-Avon  ARTISTS: Clare Murphy

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

 DESCRIPTION: 
12 noon: Weird Beings from Other Realms
In the world just beyond this one there exist all kinds of weird beings; pookas dressed as animals, giants with endless strength, fairies that will steal you away if you don't know the secret of escape. Come and hear stories from the other realms!

2pm: How Rabbit got her Tale and other How’s and Why’s
Why does the sun shine? Where does the moon go? How can a tree save your life? Stories to explain it all in a performance laced with wit and glee!

3.30pm: Crazy Lazy Jack and other Adventures
An adventure can start anywhere, but usually it begins right outside your front door. Listen to tales chock-full of strange adventures, shapeshifting, wild journeys and bizarre challenges.

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

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & the RSC


 DATE: Saturday 3rd August 2019, 12noon (lasts 60 mins) and 3pm (lasts 45 mins)  EVENT TITLE: Storytelling for families at the RSC  LOCATION: Stratford-upon-Avon  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: The Swirl, Bancroft Terrace, outside Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB  AUDIENCE: Families :: Maria Morvena for age 6+, Jack for age 5+

 DESCRIPTION: 
12 noon: Maria Morevna (or How Prince Ivan got a Horse)
A full-blooded romper stomper of a Russian fairytale, complete with warrior princesses, animal helpers, rivers of fire, stolen horses and the great witch, Baba Yaga, Granny Bandy, herself.

3pm: Jack & the Twelve Dancing Princesses
A widowed king with twelve daughters has an alarming mystery on his hands and there's only one person who can solve it. Fairytale-teller extraordinaire, Ben Haggarty, tells a story of broken shoes, enchanted mirrors & magic that is stronger, stranger and more starling than you've ever heard before.

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

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & theRSC


 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: Friday 26th July, 5pm - Saturday 28th July, 5pm 2019  EVENT TITLE: Stealing Thunder Storytelling Festival :: Fairytales for Grown-ups :: Myths for Kids  LOCATION: Lake District  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty, Jan Blake, Tim Ralphs, Clare Murphy, Dominic Kelly, Emily Hennessey, Xanthe Gresham & Nick Hennessey with puppetry by The Theatre of the Small, and much, much more.

 VENUE: A field in Bowland Bridge, South Lakes, Cumbria LA11 6NN  AUDIENCE: Family and Adult

 DESCRIPTION:  Fairytales for grown-ups, myths for kids, puppetry shows, music, workshops and campfire. Welcome to the brand new Stealing Thunder Storytelling Festival. From 26th-28th July, a single field in the beautiful Lake District village of Bowland Bridge will become a welly-boot-ique festival of wonder, with a tented theatre of stories, ‘The Fabularium’, at its heart. Enter a field of playfulness, epic stories & wild enchantment… and the occasional sheep.

Stealing Thunder Storytelling Festival is a formidable collaboration between Cumbria‘s own Stealing Thunder Storytelling Club, the Crick Crack Club & Theatre of the Small. Together we’re creating something petite, gorgeous and filled with magic for ALL ages. We’re making it for you – so join us!

There will be fire. There will probably also be rain!
Festival includes camping, glamping, fab food, great coffee and of course a bar. There are also two fantastic pubs within walking distance serving great food and beer.

More details at stealingthunder.co.uk/festival-2019

 TICKETS:  Full Festival Tickets :: £50/£15 Adult/Child (7-18) with camping :: £35/£10 Adult/Child (7-18) without camping :: Buy Full Festival Tickets online :: Other tickets - pay on the day.

 ORGANISER:  Stealing Thunder in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club

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