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 DATE: Monday 25th November 2019, 7pm - 8.30pm  EVENT TITLE: Rebel Children  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Jan Blake and Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB  AUDIENCE: For adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  The fairytale landscape is littered with little (and not-so-little) boys and girls who don't just get into trouble, but make trouble. Leading performance storytellers Ben Haggarty and Jan Blake hop-scotch through the rarer reaches of world folklore to celebrate the children, their deeds, their misdeeds...and their come-uppance.. :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £13/£11/£6.50 :: www.bl.uk :: Phone 01937 546546 :: Email boxoffice@bl.uk

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


 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 4th 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


 DATE: Sunday 15th December 2019, 2.30pm - 5.00pm  EVENT TITLE: The Ramayana  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Emily Hennessey with Sheema Mukherjee, sitar

 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:  Deep in the forest Rama & Sita live in exile, eyes watch their every move, and the universe shimmers with illusion.

When Sita is kidnapped by the ten-headed demon king, Rama needs all the help he can get. But there’s only one thing worse than a 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.

Storyteller Emily Hennessey and virtuoso sitar player Sheema Mukherjee conjure up a vivid, wild and beguiling world in this retelling of the much loved Indian epic. Expect the unexpected...

‘Exhilarating, evocative, vital’ Theatre Bubble
‘An outstanding performance storyteller’ The Latest :: 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: 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 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


 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 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+)

 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.

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: 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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