World renowned for his dynamic and challenging performances, allow Ben Haggarty to lure you into the richly metaphorical world of 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 - a journey from innocence to experience which delves into a disconcertingly familiar narrative world. Ben Haggarty performs with infectious charm and ease - fierce, fast paced, and unashamedly magical.
The performance is suitable for adults (children 12 +), and is a perfect introductory piece for audiences new to performance storytelling and the depth of content of traditional narratives - whilst also representing key pieces within the contemporary body of work.
Production is highly versatile and this piece has been performed in black box theatres, pub theatres, at storytelling clubs, literature festivals, in village halls, in country houses and in castles. The Grateful & the Dead can be performed as a 1-hour long show, or it can be part of a full evening programme alongside a set of shorter stories.
Ben Haggarty also performs ‘Fairytales for Grown-ups – Power & Alchemy’
Press for Ben Haggarty
‘.. and what a story this one was – it unravelled itself mischievously in Haggarty’s quietly skilful telling’
The New Statesman
‘Haggarty tells his stories with enormous relish and gusto.’
‘Haggarty’s telling is an adroit mixture of the imposingly epic and the reassuringly rhythmic, tempered by a twinkle that admits to the story’s heightened nature, without mocking it’
‘He knows how to harness the audience’s imagination offering up the story’s epic twists and turns in a way that animates them without over selling them’
A master of improvisation and renowned for his playful and energetic performances, Ben Haggarty is a world-class performance storyteller, whose work charms, delights and subverts audiences across the English-speaking world.
Having been trained in mime and theatre direction, and apprenticed as an image-maker with Welfare State, Ben became a central figure in the re-visioning of storytelling as a contemporary performing art in the UK. He co-founded the Company of Storytellers, with fellow members Hugh Lupton and Sally Pomme Clayton; created the Crick Crack Club; co-founded Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival, and is a promoter, programmer, and a much sought after director and trainer.
Ben has performed in venues ranging from caves to the Carnegie hall. He works in theatres, art centres, festivals, museums and galleries across the UK, the USA, Canada and Northern Europe, and has featured as guest storyteller representing Britain, in over 45 international storytelling festivals in 23 countries. Ben’s performances, including ‘Gilgamesh’, ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Mr Sandmann’ ‘Midir and Etain’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, and his programmes of ‘Fairytales for Grown-ups’ have earned him international acclaim.
Ben is the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK). His extraordinary graphic novel, MeZolith, was published in April 2010, by David Fickling Books.
Production is highly flexible and if any of the stated technical requirements present a difficulty or query, then please do contact us. The artist will happily work in non-performance venues, provided there is a point of focus for the performance and minimal noise intrusion from adjoining areas.
Minimum get-in (prior to house opening):
either 1 hour with no interval: or 45/50 mins (short stories) + 1 hour (Fairytales for Grown Ups), with an interval.
Adult (unsuitable for under 12s)
minimum dimensions: 5m width, 4m depth, 3m headroom.
Black drapes. (If not available, free standing supports and fire-retardant drapes can be provided by the artist)
1 plain old wooden armless chair
There are only two states: a preset and a performance state. The stage should be lit with a warm wash for the performance state. Beyond this requirement, the artist is happy for technical staff to be creative – in negotiation with the artist during technical get-in.
Theatre lighting is not essential. If necessary, a very basic 4-lamp portable lighting rig can be provided, which the artist will transport and erect - provided an additional member of staff can be accommodated overnight (twin room with the artist.)
In smaller venues (up to approx 180 seating capacity) the performance can be performed acoustically.
In larger venues, where audience capacity and venue demand full amplification, a lavalier type radio microphone will be required, and a sound technician will need to be present: