Events Diary & News

 (Scroll down to end for news about publications)

NEWS & PUBLIC EVENTS

(See Below for  Information about Workshops & Publications)

 

News

In the summer I was thrilled to be awarded a British Citizens Award Medal for Services to the Arts.

This Autumn sees the 30th Anniversary of the founding of THE CRICK CRACK CLUB. I started this in 1987 in a small theatre above a pub in Ladbroke Grove. The aim was to develop the skills of storytellers working formally with adult audiences and to develop repertoire; gradually it became a place for showcasing excellence and for experimentation… We’ve gone from strength to strength almost everything we do sells out and to celebrate we are running a fundraising campaign to give us a financial resource that we can re-invest in commissioning new performance storytelling pieces. Please contribute anything from a little to a lot – as every pound we receive will be used to raise match funding with other funding bodies. To find out more watch our appeal video.

 

October 2017

 

Friday 20th October. 7.30pm

Frankenstein (with Sianed jones), LONDON

Rich Mix Theatre Upstairs

He’s naked
He’s angry
And he’s on the run…

Enter a world of feverish dreaming, as storyteller Ben Haggarty and musician Sianed Jones present an intense steam punk interpretation of Mary Shelley’s modern myth. Two master performers explore the nature of the consciousness of a man made by man and the responsibility of the creator towards the created. Truly a story for our time, Frankenstein speaks of power unleashed and our fear of the unknown.

Drawing on the original story, Hollywood’s cinematic retellings, Greek and Jewish legends, and pop culture, this powerful and startling contemporary performance combines spoken narrative, vocals, bass and electric violin, to lure audiences into the imagined world of Dr Frankenstein and the monster he created.

‘Powerful! Atmospheric!’ Durham Literature Festival
‘This is real storytelling’ The Guardian Hay Festival

 Tickets £12 Full./£10 concs. BOOK TICKETS HERE

________________________________________

November

Friday 3rd November, 

The Fate We Bring Ourselves

Northern Stage, Newcastle

(Booking details tba)

Take the tether,
untie the knot
and let the beast
RUN!Join Ben Haggarty at his most alarming, as he presents three remixed, extended and explicit Greek myths. Expect sex with Zeus, twice born gods, formidable goddesses and some nasty clashes between naive mortals and uppity deities…These are stories which you thought you knew – but here, thanks to extensive research and thirty years of reading between the lines of world mythology, you will find them conjecturally restored, live and direct, to their terrifying and truly awesome glory.This is world-class storytelling – dark, magical and provocative.‘a fresh dose of magic that you need in your life’ Everything Theatre
‘a tour-de-force of storytelling’ **** Remote Goat

sat 11th November, 2017    7.30pm

Frankenstein (with Sianed jones)

Earth house, Cranborne, Dorset

He’s naked
He’s angry
And he’s on the run…

Enter a world of feverish dreaming, as storyteller Ben Haggarty and musician Sianed Jones present an intense steam punk interpretation of Mary Shelley’s modern myth. Two master performers explore the nature of the consciousness of a man made by man and the responsibility of the creator towards the created. Truly a story for our time, Frankenstein speaks of power unleashed and our fear of the unknown.

Drawing on the original story, Hollywood’s cinematic retellings, Greek and Jewish legends, and pop culture, this powerful and startling contemporary performance combines spoken narrative, vocals, bass and electric violin, to lure audiences into the imagined world of Dr Frankenstein and the monster he created.

‘Powerful! Atmospheric!’ Durham Literature Festival
‘This is real storytelling’ The Guardian Hay Festival

(Booking details tba)

 

Saturday 18th November

Frankenstein (with Sianed jones)

Theatre Royal, York

He’s naked
He’s angry
And he’s on the run…

Enter a world of feverish dreaming, as storyteller Ben Haggarty and musician Sianed Jones present an intense steam punk interpretation of Mary Shelley’s modern myth. Two master performers explore the nature of the consciousness of a man made by man and the responsibility of the creator towards the created. Truly a story for our time, Frankenstein speaks of power unleashed and our fear of the unknown.

Drawing on the original story, Hollywood’s cinematic retellings, Greek and Jewish legends, and pop culture, this powerful and startling contemporary performance combines spoken narrative, vocals, bass and electric violin, to lure audiences into the imagined world of Dr Frankenstein and the monster he created.

‘Powerful! Atmospheric!’ Durham Literature Festival
‘This is real storytelling’ The Guardian Hay Festival

Bookings and time TBA


Thursday 23rd November 2017, 7.30pm  
Fairytales for Grown-ups (double bill)
Nell Phoenix and Ben Haggarty
The Cube, Dove Street South, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS2 8JD

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD & OTHER LOST GIRLS, by NELL PHOENIX
What did the Wolf do to Granny?
What did Little Red do to the Wolf?
What did Little Red do to Granny?!

The fairytale world is littered with girls who are lost or mislaid, and very few are as innocent as you might imagine. Nell Phoenix strays from the path in search of those who have played in the woods, forgotten the rules, and should have at least had an inkling that something was likely to go horribly wrong.

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

THE BLACKSMITH AT THE BRIDGE OF BONES, by BEN HAGGARTY
If knowledge equals power, then what is the responsibility of such power?

Allow Ben Haggarty to lure you into a full-blooded fairytale for grown-ups. This dark story of power, knowledge, alchemy and male initiation, explores that enduring relationship between a teacher and an apprentice. Fierce, unflinching and beautiful by turn…here rules aren’t broken lightly.

‘The doyen of Storytellers’ **** Remote Goat

:: Buy Tickets On-line

£8 advance / £10 on the door.
Buy online at www.cubecinema.com or in person from Bristol Ticket Shop, 41 High St, Bristol BS1 2AT

 

Wednesday 29th November 7.30pm

The Crick Crack  All-Stars Birthday Bash 

Featuring TUUP, Jan Blake, Hugh Lupton, Nick Hennessey, Daniel Morden, Tim Ralphs, Sally Pomme Clayton, Clare Muireann Murphy , Ben Haggarty and more…

Rich Mix Main Space, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA (wheelchair accessible)

Adults (18+)

A glorious night of greatest hits from a silver-lined, gold-leafed, diamond-studded line-up of Crick Crack 30th birthday All-Stars. This autumn the legendary Crick Crack Club – purveyors of the finest fairytales for grown-ups since 1987 – turns 30! It plans to spend the next 12 months celebrating, and what better way to begin than with a party?!

The awesome and awe-inspiring line-up for the night includes Jan Blake, Daniel Morden, Hugh Lupton, Ben Haggarty, Sally Pomme Clayton, TUUP, Clare Murphy and Nick Hennessey. That’s more master and mistress storytellers than you can shake a stick at.

This is storytelling to raise the roof…with added cake!

Expect stories, chaos, cake, and plenty of pictures dug out of the archive!

‘Storytelling wizards’ Londonist

‘Bloody brilliant’ TimeOut :: Buy Tickets On-line

TICKETS:  £12 in advance/£15 on the door (plus booking fee) :: www.richmix.org.uk :: Box Office: 0207 613 7498 or email boxoffice@richmix.org.uk

Friday 15th December

Jan Blake, Ben Haggarty TUUP

Details TBA

British Library, London

2018

JANUARY

Saturday Morning 6th January 2018, 11.30am  

When Time Began: Creation myths from around the world

Emily Hennessey, Sheema Mukherjee, Ben Haggarty & Nick Hennessey

Kings Place Hall 2,  90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Family (8+)
In the beginning there was ice… In the beginning there was an ocean… In the beginning there was nothing! Ravens with insatiable appetites, hairy gods, goddesses with arms galore, and eggs laid in inexplicable places…

Three fabulous Crick Crack Club storytellers are joined by sitar player Sheema Mukherjee for a whistle-stop tour through some of the wildest and most enchanting creation stories on the planet.

If you’re aged 8 to 108 then this is your chance to enter a cinema of the imagination from the moment that time began.

‘The Crick Crack Club weaves a web of enchantment’ Time Out :

TICKETS:  Online Price: £8.50 Adults, £6.50 Under 16s, £21.60 Family (no more than 2 adults) :: www.kingsplace.co.uk :: Box Office 020 7520 1490 Buy Tickets On-line

 

Thursday 11th January

8.00pm -10.30pm

Double Bill

MYTHS UNLEASHED: ATALANTA by Ben Haggarty

& IRON TEETH, EATEN HEART by Katy Cawkwell

at The Globe, Fore Street, Topsham, EX3 0HR.

Thursday 18th January

7.00pm – 8.00pm

FAIRYTALES FOR GROWNUPS: THE GRATEFUL & THE DEAD

at The STORY MUSEUM, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP

MORE INFO… Book Tickets online Here

or phone: 01865 807600

FEBRUARY

Saturday February 3rd

Fairytales for Grownups: Grim Grimms,  Ben Haggarty and Sherry Robinson

Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

 

Sunday February 11th. 2.30pm

The Fate We Bring Ourselves

British Museum, London

 

Take the tether,
untie the knot
and let the beast
RUN!Join Ben Haggarty at his most alarming, as he presents three remixed, extended and explicit Greek myths. Expect sex with Zeus, twice born gods, formidable goddesses and some nasty clashes between naive mortals and uppity deities…These are stories which you thought you knew – but here, thanks to extensive research and thirty years of reading between the lines of world mythology, you will find them conjecturally restored, live and direct, to their terrifying and truly awesome glory.This is world-class storytelling – dark, magical and provocative.‘a fresh dose of magic that you need in your life’ Everything Theatre
‘a tour-de-force of storytelling’ **** Remote Goat

Wednesday February 14th

The Gifts of Lady Tree

Torriano Meeting House, Camden

 

A hunter,

A blacksmith,

Divine knowledge,

And a lady… who is also a tree.

In the forest live two brothers whose exploits lead them into love, into lust, through countless transformations, and on a search for the end of the world.  Fusing fragments of archaic Nart Sagas from the Caucasus with fragments of Siberian mythology, Ben Haggarty re-imagines an epic creation myth for the Scythian people.

Wonder at heavenly signs and portents, divinities made flesh, and stories that are as familiar as they are unfamiliar.

 

 

MARCH

FRIDAY 9th March,

EBENEZER PRESENTS, SOMERSET

Details TBA

 

Monday 26th March 2018, 7.30 pm (running time 70 mins)  

Myths unleashed – Atalanta

 KomedIA – Studio, Brighton

 Adults (16+)


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.‘A fresh dose of magic that you need in your life.’ ***** Everything Theatre ::Buy Tickets On-line

APRIL

Thursday 12th April

Gilgamesh with Jonah Brody

at The STORY MUSEUM, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP

Details TBA

Saturday& Sunday 14th/15th April

Oslo storytelling Festival, Oslo

Details TBA

 ________________________________________

Workshops

There will be more workshops at Rich Mix in the New Year

Publication News

 skullshrine

My graphic novel, MeZolith, with amazing art work by Harry Potter& StarWars Concept Artist, Adam Brockbank,  was republished by the American company Archaia  in 2016 (an  imprint of Boom!). It has a new cover, and is a slightly smaller size than the original. HOWEVER as of February 2017 this edition has SOLD OUT. REPRINT NEWS WILL BE POSTED HERE IN DUE COURSE.

us mez 1It has also been given its full name: MeZolith: Stone Age Dreams and Nightmares Book One.

Mezolith 1 is also released in France by Soleil Celtic, in Germany by Cross-Cult, in Spain by Diabolo, in Italy by Diabolo and in Greece by Jemma Press

 ________________________________________

MeZolith: Stone Age Dreams and Nightmares Book Two – is out in a US/UK edition published by Boom/Archaia

It is also available in German, publ Cross Cult

 ________________________________________

first lightFor fans of Alan Garner, I also contributed a piece to the wonderful Festschrift Anthology, First Light, edited by Erica Wagner. Alongside such luminaries as Susan Cooper, Phiilp Pullman, Margaret Atwood… fellow storytellers, Nick Hennessey and Hugh Lupton were also invited to contribute.

You can buy it from book shops

or here from Amazon: First Light