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In a field on the outskirts of Cranborne village, there is a hill, and it has a door….

One of Dorset’s best kept secrets, the Earthouse is a 200-seat theatre – lit by lamplight and fire-light. Here audiences sit on wooden benches, under an earth roof, held up by 21 huge oak tree trunks… they come to listen to stories. The Ancient Technology Centre works with the Crick Crack Club to bring some of the finest contemporary performance storytellers to this fabulous off-beat venue – turning it into a cinema of the imagination.

 ‘I was spellbound – I don’t use the word lightly’ THE TIMES

‘the art of storytelling is in the surest, safest hands here’ REMOTE GOAT

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21 APR  7.30pm  

THE RAMAYANA  SOLD OUT – SORRY!

performance storytelling by Emily Hennessey

music by Sheema Mukherjee

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. Who better to have on your side than a shape-shifting monkey? But there’s only one thing worse than a bloodthirsty 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…

★★★★ ‘extraordinary tales for a transfixed audience’ British Theatre Guide 

★★★★ ‘exhilarating, evocative, vital… Theatre Bubble 

★★★★★ ‘an outstanding performance storyteller’ The Latest

TICKETS: £11 adult, £6 children (suitable 12+)(booking fees apply)
BOX OFFICE: SOLD OUT - SORRY!
LOCATION: The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP
Wrap up warm; bring a torch, a cushion & wear sensible shoes...

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19 MAY  7.30pm

MASTERS OF HEX  Tickets by phone only: 01202 888 992 

performance storytelling with TUUP, Clare Murphy & Tim Ralphs

This is a night of devilry, divination, malediction, voodoo, hoodoo, hexing, jiggery-pockery and straight enchantment…

Whether in the fairytale forest or up the mythical mountain, there is no escaping magic, or the masters and mistresses of its exploitation. Performance storytellers Tim Ralphs, Clare Murphy & TUUP, will be gathering around the fire, to speak in tongues and mix up the medicine.

Expect uncertain company and magical shenanigans.

‘A wild haven of fairytale, myth & rumour…’  City Limits

TICKETS: £11 adult, £6 children (suitable 12+)(booking fees apply)
BOX OFFICE: Book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours)
LOCATION: The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP
Wrap up warm; bring a torch, a cushion & wear sensible shoes...

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Pirouze16 JUNE  7.30pm

1001 NIGHTS  BUY ON-LINE

performance storytelling by Chirine El Ansary

A king betrayed by his wife, decides to wreak his revenge on womankind by bedding, then slaughtering, one virgin every night… but then he meets Sheherazade.

Sheherazade, the storyteller who saved her own life together with the lives of her children by telling stories for a thousand and one nights, is one of the great cultural creations of the Arab world. Stories nestle within stories, with demons, errant spouses, thieves, fools and comedians all jostling for attention.

The fabulous Egyptian storyteller Chirine El Ansary, comes to the Earthouse to tell some of the most intriguing and deliciously seductive episodes from The Nights, stories that explore the deepest passions and desires of men and women.

★★★★ ‘Captivating, enchanting, a joy to witness‘ Everything Theatre

TICKETS: £11 adult, £6 children (suitable 14+)(booking fees apply)
BOX OFFICE: BUY ON LINE or book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours)
LOCATION: The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP
Wrap up warm; bring a torch, a cushion & wear sensible shoes...

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Ferret face with dirty nose looking somewere14 JULY  7.30pm

TATTERHOOD & TRICKSTERLAND  BUY ON-LINE

a double bill of performance storytelling by Martin Shaw & Nell Phoenix

There is a place where that which is broken can be mended;
thoughts can be heard;
old bones speak;
and everyone wants revenge…

In the fairytale forest Tatterhood the wild twin, is coming this way – she’d riding a goat and she’s armed with a spoon. While, in Trickster’s wonderland a man mimics a waterfall and almost gets away with it, a woman hides her doll-sized sister in her plaited hair, and we all journey to the edge of the earth…

Martin Shaw & Nell Phoenix serve up a double-bill of fairytales for grown-ups. Expect sheer magic, gleeful deceit, and anarchic tomfoolery.

★★★★  ‘…kooky, creative and off the wall’ Everything Theatre

‘An outrageous piece of magic’ David Abram

TICKETS: £11 adult, £6 children (suitable 14+)(booking fees apply)
BOX OFFICE: BUY ON LINE or book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours)
LOCATION: The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP
Wrap up warm; bring a torch, a cushion & wear sensible shoes...

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THE FATE WE BRING OURSELVES  BUY ON-LINE

performance storytelling by Ben Haggarty

Take the tether
untie the knot
and let the beast
RUN!

Join performance storyteller Ben Haggarty at his most alarming, as he presents remixed, extended and explicit Greek myths. Expect sex with Zeus, twice-born gods, women-headed horses, formidable goddesses and some nasty clashes between naive mortals and uppity deities. This is world-class storytelling: dark, magical and provocative.

‘Bloody brilliant’ Time Out 

TICKETS: £11 adult (suitable 16+)(booking fees apply)
BOX OFFICE: BUY ON LINE or book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours)
LOCATION: The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP
Wrap up warm; bring a torch, a cushion & wear sensible shoes...

band1thumbSMALL13 OCTOBER  7.30pm

THE GODS & MONSTERS SHOW – PANDVANI108  BUY ON-LINE

performance storytelling by Emily Hennessey, Mikael Oberg & Ben Haggarty,  with music by Jonah Brody & Sheema Mukherjee.

Back by popular demand – the Gods & Monsters show returns!

Take a trip to the underworld…
Walk into the fire…
And don’t look back….
The stage is set for a high voltage mythological mash-up!

Combining performance storytelling, music and song, Pandvani108 turn on the epic jukebox to bring us a wild night of unbowdlerised global myth and epic, in untamed short form style. Gods, monsters, giants, warriors & divas from Greece, Ireland, the Scandinavian North, the Indian heat and far beyond, are all hauled centre stage.

Far from sedate spoken word, this is a brash & exuberant cinema of the imagination, inspired by a 3,000 year old epic singing tradition and with more deities than you can shake a stick at. Encounter the Short Myth Massive – live and irresistibly direct!

‘playful, powerful, dynamic…a highlight!’ Beyond the Border

TICKETS: £11 adult, £6 children (suitable 14+)(booking fees apply)
BOX OFFICE: BUY ON LINE or book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours)
LOCATION: The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP
Wrap up warm; bring a torch, a cushion & wear sensible shoes...

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TELLING THE BLUES  BUY ON-LINE

performance storytelling by Jan Blake, with music by Matt Chandler

From juke joints and brothels, to slave shacks and plantations – under the starlit sky of the deep Southern States emancipated slaves of the African Diaspora, dressed in indigo dyed denim and banned from singing their homeland songs, created, sang and lived the BLUES!

Fusing song, folktale and legend, the remarkable storyteller Jan Blake, and blues guitarist Matt Chandler, tell the blues. Join them for a night in the very fine company of those who’ve got the blues, those who defy the blues, those who cure them, and those who cause them. This is a performance to raise the roof and bring the stars down to the windows to listen…

TICKETS: £11 adult, £6 children (suitable 12+)(booking fees apply)
BOX OFFICE: BUY ON LINE or book by phone 01202 888 992 (office hours)
LOCATION: The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP
Wrap up warm; bring a torch, a cushion & wear sensible shoes...

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GOOD THINGS TO KNOW

  • Wrap up warm, bring a cushion & wear sensible shoes! A torch might also come in handy!
  • There is no bar on site, and we don’t have a license to sell you alcohol – but we’ll supply something nice instead.
  • We open the site at 6pm and the doors of the Earthouse at 7pm. In summer, please feel free to come from 6pm and sit in the sun – you can even bring a picnic (just don’t munch food while the show is on).
  • If the show is listed as ‘sold out’ then it really is sold out.
  • We have toilets!
  • Wheelchair users can drive up to the venue, but please let us know in advance if you’ll need to do this. You can call the ATC on 01725 517 618.
  • Shows are suitable for adults. Please refer to child age guidelines on each show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • We sometimes have (official) photographers discreetly taking pictures at these events – if you don’t want to be in these pictures, then please let a member of staff know.
  • The ATC is a no smoking site.
  • No dogs are allowed on site – we have some ancient breeds of sheep who live here, and they wouldn’t appreciate the company!
  • The Ancient Technology Centre is located behind Cranborne Middle School. Turn off Damerham Road into Cranborne Middle School. Parking is in the school car-park. Walk up the road from the car-park to the Ancient Technology Centre, and follow the lane and then the twinkly lights and the candle lanterns (and all the other people!) to the doors of the Earthouse.
  • The 2018 storytelling event dates at the Earthouse are: 21st April, 19th May, 16th June, 14th July, 18th August, 13th October, 10th November.

TICKET QUERIES

  • General ticket queries & waiting lists: The Crick Crack Club 07791 157 437 or kate@crickcrackclub.com
  • Queries about tickets already booked by phone: East Dorset Heritage Trust 01202 888 992
  • Queries about tickets already booked on-line: www.ticketsource.co.uk