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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





performance storytelling by Ben Haggarty, Emily Hennessey, Mikael Oberg & Dominic Kelly

music by Jonah Brody & Sheema Mukherjee


The stage is set for a high voltage mythological mash-up!

Inspired by a 3,000 year old Indian epic-singing tradition, Pandvani108 combine performance storytelling, music and song to turn on the epic jukebox and bring us a wild night of unbowdlerised global myth and epic in untamed short form style.

Far from sedate spoken word – this is more like organised chaos with added deities.Gods, monsters, giants, warriors & divas from Greece, Ireland, the Scandinavian North, the Indian heat and beyond, are all hauled centre stage.

Brash, exuberant, and with more experimental excitement than you can shake a stick at…this is the Short Myth Massive – live and irresistibly direct!


‘playful & powerful – a highlight of this year’s festival’ BEYOND THE BORDER FESTIVAL

TICKETS: £10 adult, £5 children (suitable 12+)(booking fees apply on-line)
BOX OFFICE: call 01202 888 992
LOCATION: The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP
Wrap up warm, bring a cushion & wear sensible shoes





performance storytelling by Daniel Morden

music by Oliver Wilson-Dickson & Sarah Moody

A young woman goes missing. The search for her uncovers secrets which threaten to destroy her family…

Daniel Morden and the Devil’s Violin Company transport us to the Land of No Return and an encounter with a king turned to stone, an old woman living in the claw of a giant cockerel, and a glass man filled with wasps.

Combining stunning storytelling and hypnotic string accompaniment, this is a tale of lost loves, bravery, and above all else, hope.

‘You could hear a pin drop…like the air was all onstage with them’ BRISTOL OLD VIC

‘A scintillating combination of music, sound and story’ THE TIMES

TICKETS: £10 adult, £5 children (suitable 12+)(booking fees apply on-line)
BOX OFFICE: Book ON-LINE or call 01202 888 992 (office hours)
LOCATION: The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP
Wrap up warm, bring a cushion & wear sensible shoes




  • 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 unsuitable for under 12s (unless otherwise stated). Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 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 2017 storytelling event dates at the Earthouse are (as it stands): 22nd April, 24th June, 12th August, 14th October, 11th November