TRAINING
‘The more you learn, the more places you'll go’ Dr Seuss

The Crick Crack Club runs an annual programme of two-day workshops and longer residential courses. These range from beginners and intermediate courses, specific and focused training, to advanced laboratories, mentoring and direction. We also design, devise and run training sessions for people in a range of other professions. We work with the most experienced and inspired workshop leaders in the country, and our core course programme is led by our very own Artistic Director, Ben Haggarty.

Ben Haggarty with students students Ben Haggarty and Jörg Baesecke




 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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