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 DATE: Sunday 19th January 2020, 2.30pm - 5.00pm  EVENT TITLE: The Odyssey  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden

 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:  Having been victorious in battle at Troy, Odysseus sets off home to his wife... but the journey takes an unfathomable 10 years. A play-thing of the gods, he is toyed with, tested, stripped of his hero's wealth and his warrior bravado, so that when he finally returns, even his wife doesn't recognise him.

Buffeted by the Fates, yet helped by the indomitable owl-eyed Goddess, Athene, Odysseus’ epic voyage is the journey of Everyman - from the cock-sureness of youth into the wisdom of age; a male ego dissolved by feminine mystery.

This compulsive, lucid performance, by two of Britain’s leading storytellers, is true to the momentum of a rattling good tale, the wry humour, poetic reflection and profound human observation of Homer.

‘Master storytellers’ The Guardian
‘I saw banquets and voyages, battling heroes and ravening gods – all conjured out of thin air by a voice’ The 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: Friday 24th January 2020, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Gilgamesh  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty, with musician Jonah Brody

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

 DESCRIPTION:  A bored king tamed by a wild man, a struggle to be heard in the face of apocalypse, a quest for eternal life, and the deepest secret of the gods…

Over 3,500 years after this ancient Sumerian epic was first etched into clay tablets, world renowned storyteller Ben Haggarty, and multi-instrumentalist Jonah Brody, bring Gilgamesh to the stage in an extraordinary and powerful telling of one of the oldest stories in the world.

Extreme nature meets intense humanity, deities are angered and appeased by turn, the Tree of Life is destroyed, environmental disaster ensues and our anti-hero turned hero, discovers what it really is to be a man. Haggarty’s bold and physical performance is underscored by the uncanny psychedelia of Brody’s music. The result is a passionate, fast-paced epic, laced with quick-witted humour.

‘Vivid, rich and imposingly epic **** The Times :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £14.50 plus £3 online booking fee :: www.kingsplace.co.uk :: Box Office 020 7520 1490

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club and Kings Place

 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 16 January 2020, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: The Ramayana  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Emily Hennessey and Sheema Mukherjee, sitar

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Exiled lovers, cosmic battles, crazy flying monkeys, and a universe that shimmers with illusion. Let your imagination go psychedelic, as Emily Hennessey and virtuoso sitar player Sheema Mukherjee conjure up the vivid, wild and beguiling world of an iconic Indian epic.

When Sita is kidnapped by a ten-headed demon king, Rama needs all the help he can get. But there’s only one thing worse than this blood-thirsty demon, and that’s his big brother. As Rama lies helpless on the battlefield, it’s time for Sita’s little known story to unfold. Expect the unexpected...

‘the very best!’ Remote Goat
‘exhilarating, evocative, vital **** Theatre Bubble :: 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 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+)

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: Thursday 19 March 2020, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm) :: 70 minutes show, no interval  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+)

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 18th April 10am to Sunday 19th April 2020 5pm - 2 full days  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

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 DATE: Wednesday 25th March 2020, 7:45pm (running time 1 hour 50 mins)  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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