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Greek Myths for Grown-ups – 13 Jul 2019


Encounter epics by firelight, the musings of shipwrecked warriors, wild ideas, gravity-defying Satyrs and an explosion of Balkan brass, as we enter a world where humans are the playthings of the gods.

Midas with his golden touch, Artemis the wild huntress, Orpheus in the Underworld, Atalanta raised by a bear, Odysseus trying to get home. This is a one-day extravaganza of stories, jesters, words, music & a stunning venue in beautiful countryside.

Whether you know nothing, or lots, about Greek mythology, or have only ever encountered them in their censored childhood guise, this will be a feast for your imagination!  Come and do it like they do on Mount Olympus…




squ1412noon: Site open - Lunch in the company of Satyrs!

Bring your own picnic lunch. Enjoy the site. And let yourself be entertained by a pair of tumbling, leaping, prancing Satyrs, by leading street theatre and circus company Acrojou.




hughdan12pm – 4pm (with interval):  Metamorphoses – performance storytelling by Hugh Lupton & Daniel Morden

Orpheus, whose musical and poetic powers were so great that they even survived an encounter with Hades; Midas with his golden touch; the abduction of Persephone – Queen of the Underworld; the nymph Echo repeating the last words of others, and the beautiful, vain Narcissus.

Inspired by Ovid’s tales of transformation, Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden breathe life into some of the most famous myths in the world. Vivid and poignant, this is a performance of golden narratives – storytelling at its most poetic.  BOOK NOW

master storytellers’ THE GUARDIAN

squ14pm: Tea & cake in the company of Satyrs!

Drink tea. Eat cake. Bring your own, or let us provide it – while Acrojou’s boisterous, playful Satyrs jape, jest and defy gravity once again.




squ164:45pm – 5.45pm:
Being a Bear for Artemis – talk by ace Professor Helen King

The fabulous Professor Helen King delves deep into womanhood, sacrifice, ritual and coming of age in ancient Greece…

Puberty was a key event in the lives of women in ancient Greece, but we have little evidence of how they felt about it. Medical sources from the 4th Century make a connection between menstruation and sacrifice, but was this as terrifying as it sounds today? From the area round Athens, we have hints of a ritual girls experienced which involved a priestess of Artemis dressed as a bear, changes of clothes and running. If we put that together with the few written sources in comedy and medicine, and our knowledge of how Artemis protected the young, what stories can we tell from the point of view of the women who have so far been silent?

HELEN KING is Professor Emerita of Classical Studies at The Open University. She has published widely on myth and on the history of gynaecology and obstetrics, and has a particular interest in how later cultures have reinterpreted Hippocratic medicine. BOOK NOW



5:45pm: Dinner in the company of Satyrs and with music by the Tran-Siberian March Band

Bring your own picnic, or let us provide it* while Acrojou’s Satyrs continue to cavort, and the air is filled with the fearsome blend of brass, reeds, percussion, guitar and vocals that is the Trans-Siberian March Band. This colourful explosion of flamboyant, high-octane performances and musical miscellany play riotous Balkan & Turkic tunes with a kick!

‘The sex pistols of Balkan brass!’ TIME OUT


Alice-Oswald 7:30pm – 8:30pm: Nobody – poetry & Q&A with Alice Oswald

one person has the character of dust, another has an arrow for a soul, but their stories all end somewhere in the sea…

A man is washed onto a stony shore. He is ‘Nobody’. Maybe he’s one of the lost selves of Odysseus adrift and unable to get home. As we watch & listen, characters surface and sink in the waves…  Helios, Icarus, Alcyone, Philoctetes, Calypso, Clytemnestra, Orpheus, Poseidon, Hermes… all presided over by the shape-shifting sea god Proteus.

Listening to Nobody is like watching the ocean: a destabilising experience that becomes mesmeric, almost hallucinatory, as we slip our earthly moorings and follow the circling shoal of sea voices into a mesh of sound and light and water. Inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, this is poetry that is made for the human voice – dense, muscular and liquid.

ALICE OSWALD lives in Devon and is married with three children. Her collections include Dart, which won the 2002 T.S. Eliot Prize, Woods etc. (Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), A Sleepwalk on the Severn (Hawthornden Prize), Weeds and Wildflowers (Ted Hughes Award), Memorial (Warwick Prize for Writing), and Falling Awake, which won the 2016 Costa Poetry Award and the Griffin Prize for Poetry. Nobody is her latest work. BOOK NOW

 ‘a tour de force’ THE FINANCIAL TIMES

squ128:30pm: Take a breather with music by the Tran-Siberian March Band

Absorb what you’ve just heard and get ready for more, as The Trans-Siberian march band set to once more with an explosion of Balkan brass!




squ109.15pm – 10:30pm: Atalanta – performance storytelling by Ben Haggarty

A girl raised by a bear, Centaurs intent on rape, maniacal kings, troublesome boars and bitterly feuding deities contrive the bloodiest race to ever stain the soil of Arcady.

 Audaciously reshuffling epic Greek Mythology, Ben Haggarty brings to the stage a fierce tale of a remarkable virgin hunter and devotee of Artemis who sure as hell doesn’t want to have anything to do with men. 

Here the veneers of classical civilisation are stripped away and the truly awesome implications of the tales are made, sometimes unbearably, clear. Spend a moonlit night in the company of wild women, cocksure warriors and gods unleashed. BOOK NOW

‘Bloody brilliant’ TIME OUT



Whole event tickets £25 per person (booking fees apply) (suitable for adults)

Metamorphoses, by Hugh Lupton & Daniel Morden: £10

Being a Bear for Artemis, talk by Prof Helen King: £6 

Nobody, by Alice Oswald: £8

Atalanta, by Ben Haggarty: £8




Please bring a picnic lunch.

* You can buy dinner in advance HERE, or you can bring your own.

There will be tea and coffee on sale and drinking water available throughout the day, or you can bring your own.

We’ll open a simple bar at around 6pm

We’ll serve our usual hot apple juice in the interval of Metamorphoses



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 250-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, and they come to listen to stories. Built at the millennium as a conjectural  reconstruction of an Celtic Assembly Hall from the Isle of Man, The Earthouse is part of the Ancient Technology Centre, an experimental archaeology and outdoor education site owned by Dorset County Council. It has six full sized reconstructions of ancient buildings, each representing a different time period or vernacular style.



Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset BH21 5RP (behind Cranborne Middle School).

Due to a lack of bus service, The Earthouse is only accessible by car, on foot (for locals), or by bike.

PARKING: General parking is in Cranborne Middle School’s car park. When this gets full, you can park on the main road. Please park sensibly and safely to ensure traffic can still pass through the village and up to the site. Those less able to walk should park at the top of the lane next to the main gate and reception. Wheelchair users can drive up onto the site and park near the Viking Longhouse (please get in touch, in advance, if you need to do so).

WALKING ONTO SITE: Once you’ve parked, then walk up the lane that goes up the side of Cranborne Middle School and onto the Ancient Technology site. There are always plenty of people on site to give you directions. If you’re not sure where you should be going, please just ask.




  • Bring warm clothes for the evening, a raincoat, bring a cushion & wear sensible shoes. A torch might also come in handy!
  • Please don’t munch food during the shows
  • The site is not the easiest to access in a wheelchair, but it can be done. For advice please call the Ancient technology Centre 01725 517 618.
  • We sometimes have official photographers discreetly taking pictures or filming 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.
  • NB: Dogs are NOT allowed on site, please don’t bring them, we have some ancient breeds of sheep who live here, and they wouldn’t appreciate the company! Please don’t leave dogs in hot cars or let them out in the school car park.
  • If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please contact The Crick Crack Club 07791 157 437 or