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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. It goes without saying that we’re closed right now, but we’ll be back as soon as we can!

 ‘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



18 JUL & 26 JUL 2020 


with artist Sophie Herzheimer

Blown away by Beowulf?

Regularly lost in the fairytale forest?

Got a touch of the Baba Yaga’s?

Locked down in a tower 500 miles from the nearest bazaar?

Never been the same since you met the Bull Horned King of the Demons?

This is your chance to share a moment where you turn up in the story.

 Join artist and favourite Crick Crack Club collaborator, Sophie Herxheimer, for a one-to-one story session. You spill the beans to Sophie about the tales that have got under your skin; your favourite encounters with characters and different worlds; your craziest Earthouse storytelling moments, or why you come to our shows. She will listen and draw a poetic synthesis of what you tell her – transforming your words and imaginings into a glorious ink and brush drawing, before your very eyes!

Together we’ll create a gallery, drawn from many voices, of what story does to us. And we’ll post a copy of your story drawing to you for you to treasure for ever after.  This has never been done via Zoom before… what could possibly go wrong!?

LOCATION: On-line via Zoom
DATES: Sat 18th July & Sun 26th July 2020 BOOK NOW
TIMES: Slots available throughout both days - slots are limited, so book now! 
SUITABLE FOR: Adult audiences who have been to Crick Crack storytelling events at Cranborne Earthouse
WHAT YOU NEED: Access to Zoom.



    • 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 (usually) have a license to sell you alcohol but you can bring your own and well supply hot spiced apple juice in the interval.
    • 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 dont 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 closer 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, and may not be left to roam outside the venue while the show is on.
    • 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 2020 storytelling event dates at the Earthouse are: 4th April, 9th May, 13th June, 11th July (day-long event), 5th Sep, 10th Oct, 7th Nov, 5th Dec (carols).


  • General ticket queries & waiting lists: The Crick Crack Club 07791 157 437 or
  • Queries about tickets already booked by phone: East Dorset Heritage Trust 01202 888 992
  • Queries about tickets already booked on-line: