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 DATE: Saturday 6th January 2018, 11.30am  EVENT TITLE: When Time Began: Creation myths from around the world  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Emily Hennessey, Sheema Mukherjee, Ben Haggarty & Nick Hennessey

 VENUE: Hall 2, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG  AUDIENCE: Family (8+)

 DESCRIPTION:  In the beginning there was ice… In the beginning there was an ocean… In the beginning there was nothing! Ravens with insatiable appetites, hairy gods, goddesses with arms galore, and eggs laid in inexplicable places…

Three fabulous Crick Crack Club storytellers are joined by sitar player Sheema Mukherjee for a whistle-stop tour through some of the wildest and most enchanting creation stories on the planet.

If you’re aged 8 to 108 then this is your chance to enter a cinema of the imagination from the moment that time began.

‘The Crick Crack Club weaves a web of enchantment’ Time Out :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  Online Price: £8.50 Adults, £6.50 Under 16s, £21.60 Family (no more than 2 adults) :: www.kingsplace.co.uk :: Box Office 020 7520 1490

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club and Kings Place


 DATE: Sunday 11th February 2018, 2.30pm - 5pm  EVENT TITLE: Myths retold - The fate we bring ourselves: Greek myths unleashed  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 (16+)

 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 performance storyteller Ben Haggarty at his most alarming, as he presents three remixed, extended and explicit Greek myths. Expect the wild exploits of Zeus, twice-born gods, formidable goddesses and some nasty clashes between naive mortals and uppity deities.

These are stories which you thought you knew – but here, thanks to extensive research and Ben's 30 years of reading between the lines of world mythology, you will find them conjecturally restored, live and direct, to their terrifying and truly awesome glory.

Enjoy world-class storytelling that is dark, magical and provocative.

‘Bloody brilliant!’ Time Out
‘Storytelling genius’ Brighton Fringe :: BUY TICKETS

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

 ORGANISER:  The British Museum in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club


 DATE: Friday 16th February 2018, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Clare Muireann Murphy & Daniel Morden

 VENUE: Rich Mix Venue 1, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA (wheelchair accessible)  AUDIENCE: Adults

 DESCRIPTION:  Funny, surreal, moving and true. This wild night of fairytales for grown-ups is an extraordinary exploration of fate, destiny, power, and an horrific reality.

A concentration camp seems an unlikely backdrop for a wild night of fairytales for grown-ups, but when the poet, journalist & 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.

‘For those thirsty for a different type of show this is a must see’ Everything 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 in association with Adverse Camber & Rich Mix


 DATE: Wednesday 4th April 2018, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: The Gods and Monsters Show  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Pandvani108 - Ben Haggarty, Emily Hennessey & Mikael Oberg, music by Jonah Brody & Sheema Mukherjee

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

 DESCRIPTION:  The stage is set for a high voltage mythological mash-up, as Pandvani108 perform the very best bits of world myth and epic, in fast, furious, short-form, musical style.

Inspired by a 3,000 year old Indian epic-singing tradition, international ensemble Pandvani108, combine performance storytelling, music and song to turn on the epic jukebox and bring us a wild night of unbowdlerised global myth and epic in untamed short form style. Gods, monsters, giants, warriors & divas from Greece, Ireland, the Scandinavian North, the Indian heat and beyond, are all hauled centre stage.

Far from sedate spoken word this is more like organised chaos with added deities. Brash, exuberant, and with more experimental excitement than you can shake a stick at, this is the Short Myth Massive - live and irresistibly direct!

‘playful, powerful, dynamic...a festival highlight!’ Beyond the Border Festival
‘Phenomenal’ Wonderful Beast
‘Stellar!’ Smugglers Festival :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10/£8 (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: Thursday 18th January 2018, 7pm  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups: The Grateful & the Dead  LOCATION: Oxford  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: The Story Museum, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP  AUDIENCE: Adults (16+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Allow world renowned storyteller Ben Haggarty to lure you into a full-blooded fairytale for grown-ups.

Dark, beautiful and startling by turn, this is a story of dreams, initiations and the repayment of debts – fierce, fast paced, and unashamedly magical.

‘Everything a fairytale should be ... unmissable’ Everything Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 / £8 :: www.storymuseum.org.uk :: call 01865 807600 :: or direct from the museum.

 ORGANISER:  The Story Museum and The Crick Crack Club


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 DATE: Thursday 25th January 2018, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Kali  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Emily Hennessey, with music by Sheema Mukherjee

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

 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. Demon-slayer, 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.

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

'tangible magic' Exeunt
'exhilarating, evocative, vital.... a wonderful piece of theatre' **** Theatre Bubble :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £8 advance / £10 on the door. Buy online at www.cubecinema.com or in person from Bristol Ticket Shop, 41 High St, Bristol BS1 2AT

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Thursday 22nd February 2018, 8pm. Doors open 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Cinema of the Imagination - Gods & Monsters Show  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Pandvani108 - Ben Haggarty, Emily Hennessey & Mikael Oberg, music by Jonah Brody & Sheema Mukherjee

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

 DESCRIPTION:  The stage is set for a high voltage mythological mash-up!

Inspired by a 3,000 year old Indian epic-singing tradition, international ensemble Pandvani108, combine performance storytelling, music and song to turn on the epic jukebox and bring us a wild night of unbowdlerised global myth and epic in untamed short form style. Gods, monsters, giants, warriors & divas from Greece, Ireland, the Scandinavian North, the Indian heat and beyond, are all hauled centre stage.

Far from sedate spoken word this is more like organised chaos with added deities. Brash, exuberant, and with more experimental excitement than you can shake a stick at, this is the Short Myth Massive - live and irresistibly direct!

‘playful, powerful, dynamic...a highlight of this year’s festival’ Beyond the Border Festival
‘Phenomenal’ Wonderful Beast
‘Stellar!’ Smugglers Festival :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £8 advance / £10 on the door. www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Cube


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 DATE: Saturday 3rd February 2018, 7.30pm - 9.45pm  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups: Grim Grimms  LOCATION: Cambridge  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty & musician Sherry Robinson

 VENUE: Cambridge Junction Venue J2, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX  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 back out of the nursery and 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.

Come and make a deal with the devil....what could possible go wrong?!

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, Grim Grimms blends the spontaneity and physicality of a master storyteller with Sherry Robinson's exquisite music. :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £13.50/£10 :: www.junction.co.uk :: Box office: 01223 511 511 Mon - Sat (10am - 6pm)


 DATE: Sunday 25th February 2018, 10.30am - 5.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Workshop - Principles of Storytelling and the Spoken Word  LOCATION: Cambridge  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Cambridge Junction Venue J3, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX  AUDIENCE: Adults (18+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Led by one of the world’s leading performance storytellers working with reconstructed traditional narratives, this brief introductory workshop frames the basic paradigms of oral storytelling, firmly registers the difference between orality and literacy and gives a taste of how ancient Sanskrit theories of Rasa can inform creative decision making. This workshop is primarily aimed at theatre and performance practitioners.

 TICKETS:  £40/£30 :: www.junction.co.uk :: Box office: 01223 511 511 Mon - Sat (10am - 6pm)


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 DATE: Thursday 22nd March 2018, 7:45pm  EVENT TITLE: Others from the Other Side  LOCATION: York  ARTISTS: Clare Muireann Murphy

 VENUE: Studio, York Theatre Royal, St Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  The Irish landscape is full of stories peopled by shape-shifters and once-godfairies who move seamlessly between our own and a decidedly other world...

The fabulous storyteller, Clare Muireann Murphy, acts as an intermediary between these two worlds, with stories of the other people, changelings, stolen children, strange marriages, theft, deception and wild curses.

Be guided through a landscape of grown-up fairytale, where the light is a little too bright and the dark is very, very dark…

‘Truly fantastic’ **** Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £12/£10 (plus booking fee) :: www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk :: Box office: 01904 623 568

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club, York Theatre Royal & York Literature Festival

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