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 DATE: Wednesday 27th March 2019, 7.30pm  EVENT TITLE: The Son of the Buffalo Women  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Jan Blake with drummer John Predare

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Acclaimed storyteller Jan Blake and long-term collaborator, drummer John Predare, bring an epic performance to Kings Place. This inspiring tale – The Birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the great Malian Empire of West Africa – reaches across the centuries, from its origins in 13th-century Africa to the conflicts in our own time where its telling has been forbidden. :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  Online Price: £9.50 (subject to availability) plus £3 booking fee :: www.kingsplace.co.uk :: Box Office 020 7520 1490

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club and Kings Place


 DATE: Sunday 14th April 2019, 2.30pm - 5.00pm  EVENT TITLE: Metamorphoses: Ovid’s tales of transformation  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:  Enter another world, a world where humans encounter gods: Orpheus, whose musical and poetic powers were so great that they even survived an encounter with Hades; Midas, with his golden touch; the abduction of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld; the nymph Echo, repeating the last words of others; and the beautiful, vain, Narcissus.

Inspired by Ovid’s tales of transformation, Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden breathe life into some of the most famous myths in the world. Vivid and poignant, this is a performance of golden narratives – storytelling at its most poetic.

‘Metamorphoses’ was originally commissioned by Hay Festival.

‘Master storytellers ’ The Guardian :: 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: Wednesday 1st May 2019, 8pm. Followed by a post show Q&A with the performers  EVENT TITLE: Rebels & Heroes  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Lonan Jenkins, Hugh Lupton, Jan Blake & Nell Phoenix

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Caped crusaders, warrior princesses, Robin Hood, Tatterhood, Gilgamesh, Fionn MacCumhaill, Mr & Mrs Noah, Prometheus, Jack, Draupadi...

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter and one woman’s heroine is another woman’s rebel, it all depends whose side you’re on.

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!

Lonan Jenkins, Hugh Lupton, Jan Blake & Nell Phoenix flip over the third card in our alternative tarot to see how the sword bearers, the flag wavers, the avengers, and the justice seekers are getting along – whether that’s on the battle field, through the green woods, down the back streets, or at the kitchen table. And remember… I am Spartacus!

‘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: Monday 13th May 2019, 8pm. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes  EVENT TITLE: The Big Blind - A Fairytale for Grown-ups  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Dominic Kelly, with music by Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottosson.

 VENUE: Soho Theatre Upstairs, Dean Street, London W1D 3NE  AUDIENCE: Adults 14+

 DESCRIPTION:  (Soho Storytelling Season no.28)
A boy stands on a lakeshore. Behind him is all he’s ever known. Ahead is a chance for love but a much higher chance of death. He’s had a happy life and a sheltered one. But his father has gambled away everything and the debt cannot be paid in money…

Dominic Kelly, Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson, weave together versions of an ancient fairytale from Norway, Scotland, Ireland and India into a playful and gripping musical performance, and ask what the consequences are for the young when older generations fail to make adult decisions.

‘…Makes you sparkle from the inside out.’ One And Other
‘A bewitching fusion of storytelling and music that takes theatre right back to its origins.’ A Younger Theatre :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £11 (£9 concessions) :: www.sohotheatre.com :: Box Office 020 7478 0100

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club and Soho Theatre


 DATE: Sunday 19th May 2019, 2.30pm - 5.00pm  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups: Trolls!  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Abbi Patrix

 VENUE: BP Lecture Theatre (in the Clore Education Centre beneath the Great Court), The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Edvard Much took inspiration from the vivid, richly metaphorical Norwegian folk and fairytales championed by his uncle Peter Munch. Let acclaimed French-Norwegian storyteller, Abbi Patrix draw you into the dark realm of fairytales for grown-up - treacherous, comedic and magical by turn.

These are stories of enchantment, initiation and reflections of our deepest fears. In this snow- swathed landscape trolls lurk in every corner; the Ash Lad is ever-ready with his bag of trickness; young men dream; everything happens in threes, and nothing is quite what it seems.

In this show in two halves, Abbi tells stories of trolls and trollhags, followed by a full-length, full-blooded Norwegian wondertale.

‘Beautiful…He makes us question both our dreams and our choices’ Le Parisien
‘A magician of the spoken word’ Ouest France
‘commanding & powerful’ 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: Monday 10th June 2019, 8pm. Running time: 2 hours  EVENT TITLE: Fairytales for Grown-ups:: The Girl with No Hands + The Blacksmith at the Bridge of Bones (double bill)  LOCATION: London  ARTISTS: Sarah Liisa Wilkinson & Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Soho Theatre Upstairs, Dean Street, London W1D 3NE  AUDIENCE: Adults 14+

 DESCRIPTION:  (Soho Storytelling Season no.28)
Power, alchemy, wolves, male initiations, and lost daughters… surrender to a full-blooded double-bill of fairytale for grown-ups – fierce, unflinching and darkly comedic by turn.

Ben Haggarty & Sarah Liisa Wilkinson stray from the path in the company of a young man seeking the wisdom of a master and a young woman fleeing from a father who has forgotten the rules. Both are leaving home forever.

Shot through with mythic imagery, limb-loss and wild transformations, this is a place where rules are not broken lightly.

‘Everything a fairy tale should be...unmissable.’ Everything Theatre
‘Storytelling Genius.’ Brighton Fringe :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £11 (£9 concessions) :: www.sohotheatre.com :: Box Office 020 7478 0100

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club and Soho Theatre


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 DATE: Saturday 6th April 2019, 7pm - 10.45pm (doors open 6.30pm) - show in 3 parts.  EVENT TITLE: The Life and Loves of Fionn Maccumhaill – Tales of an Irish Superhero  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

 VENUE: Cranborne Earth House, The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  It is said that if ever a day should pass without the name of Fionn and the Fianna being uttered, then the whole world will sink under the waves…

A flawed hero
A child raised by a deer
Broken promises
And a thumb itching with knowledge…

The epic adventures of the impulsive Irish hunter warrior, Fionn MacCumhaill, and his companions is one of the most entertaining hero cycles in the world. With the birth of a leader descended from the gods, the warrior men and women duty bound to defend Ireland from raiders of the north find themselves instead embroiled in a complex struggle with myriad invaders from a decidedly mysterious ‘Other world.’

Magical, comedic, tragic, strange and utterly unpredictable – Ben Haggarty, one of the UK’s best-loved storytellers, takes us on a wild encounter, in three parts over three hours! This is an epic that deserves to be epic! (complete with spiced apple juice, brandy & cake!)

‘This listener left wishing that there had not been three ‘halves’ but three whole nights of tales.’The Times

For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  Adult/child :: £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: Thursday 11th April 2019, 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm)  EVENT TITLE: The Life and Loves of Fionn Maccumhaill – Tales of an Irish Superhero  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Ben Haggarty

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

 DESCRIPTION: 
A flawed hero
A child raised by a deer
Broken promises
And a thumb itching with knowledge…


Magical, comedic, tragic, bizarre and utterly unpredictable - the adventures of the impulsive Irish hunter warrior, Fionn MacCumhaill, and his companions is one of the most entertaining hero cycles in the world. Journey through an epic landscape of wild men, uncontrolled passions, encounters with gods, strange children, and dark fairytale imagery, with Ben Haggarty, one of the UK’s best-loved storytellers.

In THREE PARTS over THREE HOURS, this is an epic that deserves to be epic (complete with cake)!

‘This listener left wishing that there had not been three ‘halves’ but three whole nights of tales.’ The Times :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 advance (£12 on the door) :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Thursday 9th May 2019, 8.00pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: News of the Strange  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Daniel Morden

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

 DESCRIPTION:  A blacksmith batters himself with his hammer.
A fisherman throws back the fish he catches.
A blind man begs passers-by to strike him.


Shot through with powerful, mysterious images, Daniel Morden delves deep into lesser-known stories from the Arab world, some moving, some shocking, some bizarre, some ridiculous…. all of them strange.

No stranger to Crick Crack Club audiences, Daniel is one of the UK’s most popular storytellers. He has the timing of a comedian and the insight of a poet.

‘To experience Daniel Morden in full flight is an amazing thing’ Ian Macmillan :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £9 advance (£11 on the door) :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Saturday 11th May 2019, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)  EVENT TITLE: The Big Blind - a Fairytale for Grown-ups  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: Dominic Kelly, music by Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson

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

 DESCRIPTION:  A boy stands on a lakeshore. Behind him is all he’s ever known. Ahead is a chance for love but a much higher chance of death. He’s had a happy life and a sheltered one. But his father has gambled away everything and the debt cannot be paid in money…

Dominic Kelly, Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson, weave together versions of an ancient fairytale from Norway, Scotland, Ireland and India into a playful and gripping musical performance, and ask what the consequences are for the young when older generations fail to make adult decisions.

‘…Makes you sparkle from the inside out’ One and Other
‘A bewitching fusion of storytelling and music that takes theatre right back to its origins’ A Younger Theatre

For more details see www.crickcrackclub.com/earthousecranborne

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

 TICKETS:  Adult/child :: £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: Thursday 6th June 2019, 8.00pm (doors open 7.30pm)  EVENT TITLE: I KNOW NOT - Sufi Stories  LOCATION: Bristol  ARTISTS: Chirine El Ansary

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Why do dervishes whirl? Why is the mule so fond of the camel? And is she really going out with him? Some questions have been asked forever, and most are asking something else entirely....

In a performance laced with subversion, rebellion, comedy, poetry, and philosophy, the fabulous Egyptian performer, Chirine El Ansary, takes an unexpected journey into the bizarre and beautiful Sufi realm.

Simultaneously ancient and contemporary, this is a night of mystics, forgotten faiths, fairytales and inklings. Join us as we take the lights down low and draw the audience close as we journey to the other side of the mirror...

‘like all good storytellers, she lives between reality and the world of the story’ Cairo Times :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £9 advance (£11 on the door) :: www.cubecinema.com

 ORGANISER:  Crick Crack Club & The Cube


 DATE: Saturday 13th July 2019, afternoon & evening event  EVENT TITLE: THE GREAT BIG GREEK DAY  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: to be confirmed

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Details to come soon.

 TICKETS:  on sale soon

 ORGANISER:  The Crick Crack Club & The Ancient Technology Centre


 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 2nd November 2019, 2pm  EVENT TITLE: The Day of the Dead  LOCATION: Dorset  ARTISTS: to be confirmed

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

 DESCRIPTION:  Details to come soon.

 TICKETS:  on sale soon

 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: to be confirmed

 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: From 6.30pm Sunday 12th May to 5.00pm Friday 17th May 2019 (5 full days)  EVENT TITLE: Ben Haggarty School of Performance Storytelling, Foundation Week 1 (F1) – Basic Compositional 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!

Working with folktales and wondertales, this weeklong introductory course sets out the basic paradigm of contemporary oral storytelling. It provides a referential framework for understanding the different genres of international traditional narrative; demonstrates how imagination and experience combine in storytelling; differentiates the nature of orality from the nature of literacy; shows how language works, and introduces rasa theory, an ancient and highly effective compositional tool.

Participants will explore the relationship between words and visualisation, narrative patterns and structure; how improvised language operates within a narrative, and how composition can bring out the emotional life of a story.

Expect an intensive week of work packed with exercises, talk, discussion, and telling stories. You'll discover your innate inner storyteller and begin to appreciate its skills...

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 1 for an application form.

 ORGANISER:  Ben Haggarty


 DATE: From 6.30pm Friday 7th June to 5.00pm Sunday 9th June 2019 (2 full days)  EVENT TITLE: Ben Haggarty School of Performance Storytelling :: Principals of Movement in Storytelling  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!

The body speaks. This short and intense residential workshop introduces a practical grammar and framework for understanding how gestures, movements and displacements support and clarify storytelling, based on the reworking and retelling of folktale, fairytale myth & epic. What is signalled by deliberate movement and what is betrayed by unconscious movement? The workshop is for those familiar with the improvised spoken word paradigm of performance storytelling and who have a basic repertoire of traditional narratives that can be drawn on readily. It aims to furnish participants with the practical knowledge to start integrating these principals into their own work, and to also assess what deeper specific training in the areas of body knowledge and movement (martial arts, dance, mime, etc) they might seek.

Cost £150, with food and basic 'cosy' accommodation for two 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 Movement for an application form.

 ORGANISER:  Ben Haggarty


 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: Wednesday 5th June 2019, 7.45pm (running time 2hrs incl. interval)  EVENT TITLE: The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos  LOCATION: Newcastle  ARTISTS: Clare Muireann Murphy and Daniel Morden

 VENUE: Stage 2, Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RH (fully accessible)  AUDIENCE: Adults (14+)

 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.

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: 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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