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.
Grimm by name, grim by nature. Ben Haggarty takes a jaunty, romper-stomper, if a little hair-raising journey into the darker side of Grimms’ fairytales. These full-blooded, unbowdlerised tales for brave and bold listeners, explore themes of service and sacrifice, betrayal and forgiveness, and are filled with humour, sneaky tricks, daring exploits and dramatic adventure. With the deep shimmer of Sherry Robinson’s cello vividly underscoring this hypnotically magical performance…we invite you to enter the wild side of the fairytale forest.
In 1812 the Brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhem, published ‘Household and Children’s Tales’, a book that was rapidly to become the most famous anthology of folk and fairytales in the world. Grim Grimms was commissioned by the Crick Crack Club & the Unicorn Theatre to mark this bicentenary. This extraordinary collection of stories runs from the moral and literal, to the amoral, metaphorical and absurd. Some are hilarious, some are disturbing, some are reassuring and some glow with luminous beauty and wonder.
(Running time: 60 mins approx)
Press for Ben Haggarty
‘I was spell-bound – I don’t use the word lightly’
‘.. 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’
Having been trained in mime and theatre direction at East 15, and apprenticed as an image-maker with Welfare State, today Ben is a world-classperformance storyteller, whose work delights and subverts audiences across the English-speaking world. He tours widely, has been a guest artist in over one hundred International Storytelling Festivals in 25 countries and since 2001 has been the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Ben is a much sought after teacher and director of storytellers and artistic director of the legendary Crick Crack Club. He is Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin (UDK). His graphic novel, ‘MeZolith’ was published by Random House in 2010.
With a background in performing arts, Sherry Robinson is a musician and composer whose sensitivity for the human response to narrative gives rise to the exquisite drama and subtle emotion of her music.
From the 1980s to 90s Sherry worked as a musician with singer-songwriters, performance artists, poets, dancers and actors, in numerous London based galleries, theatres & alternative spaces including Whitechapel, Riverside and Chisenhale galleries. She was a member of London Musicians Collective; she performed in bands; worked with improvised music, and in ensembles of folk traditional music, from the British Isles, Scandinavia, France and Latin America.
Sherry's work with performance storytelling began in earnest in 1996, when she formed a partnership with performance storyteller Xanthe Gresham, which led to 10 years of collaborative work, devising music for myths, legends, epics, folk tales and riddles, for performances in festivals, schools, theatres, museums, galleries and libraries throughout England, Wales and Ireland. Sherry first worked with Ben Haggarty to create and perform 'Beauty and the Beast' in 2002, with the performance premiering at Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival. In the mid 2000s Sherry worked as a musician for Playback Theatre and for a number of installation artists. She worked with storyteller Hugh Lupton composing music for his piece 'Song Speak', and recorded with Nick Hennessey on his CD 'A Rare Hunger'.
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