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PUBLIC EVENTS

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February 2017

23rd February

The Fate We Bring Ourselves. 8,30pm (running time 75 mins approx)

Art House, 159A Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, London, N8 9BT  AUDIENCE: Adults (unsuitable for under 16’s)


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 :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £10 / £8 :: www.arthousecrouchend.co.uk

 

March 2017

 

Saturday 18th March 2017, 8pm  

Fairytales for Grown-ups: Grim Grimms – Three Drops of Blood  

 Ben Haggarty, with music by Sherry Robinson

York Theatre Royal Studio, St Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD

Adults (14+)

 DESCRIPTION:  Sometimes the cost of a broken promise is to pay with your life…Gothic, stark, beguiling and beautiful – Ben Haggarty ventures into the wild side of fairytale to haul four lesser-known Grimm tales back out of the nursery and into the dark and full-blooded realm of fairytales for grown-ups. This is brimful of forbidden doors, magical transformations, betrayal, comeuppance, and talking skulls.

Come and make a deal with the devil….what could possible go wrong?!

The fairytales collected by the Brothers Grimm are like half remembered rituals – full of vitality, meaning and inklings, the importance of which remain tantalisingly out of reach. Fresh, hypnotic, and sometimes downright comedic, Ben Haggarty blends the spontaneity and physicality of a master storyteller with Sherry Robinson’s exquisite cello, harp and accordion.

‘Storytelling genius’ Brighton Fringe
‘Wise, dark and deliciously funny’ **** Remote Goat :: BUY TICKETS

 TICKETS:  £12 (£10) plus transaction fee £1.50 :: www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk Box office: 01904 623 568

 

April 2017

Monday 3rd April 2017, 8pm (running time 70 mins)  

Myths unleashed – Atalanta

 Soho Theatre Upstairs, Dean Street, London W1D 3NE  

 Adults (14+)


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

 TICKETS:  £10 (£8 concessions) :: www.sohotheatre.com :: Box Office 020 7478 0100


 

May 2017

WedS 10th May

Mr Sandmann – Bringer of Dreams and Nightmares 

Beeston, Notts (details tba)

 

Sun 14th May 2017 2.30pm

Mr Sandmann – Bringer of Dreams and Nightmares

British Museum, London (details tba)

TICKETS:  £8 / £6 ::  Box office link  tba

Friday 19th May

Gilgamesh with Jonah Brody

Consol Theatre, Gelsenkirchen, Ruhr, Germany

June 2017

2nd – 4th June

Zwolle Festival, Holland

Weds 21st June

The Fate We Bring Ourselves

Birmingham Storytelling Cafe, Birmingham (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

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July 2017

Friday 7th july

Frankenstein with Sianed jones, Glasgow

( Venue and Booking details tba)

Sun 9th July

fairytales for grown-ups: the Blacksmith at the Bridge of Bones

Somerton Music And Arts Festival Somerset, (Booking details tba)

ramsquareWorld renowned for his playful performances, allow Ben Haggarty to lure you into the richly metaphorical world of a full-blooded fairytale for grown-ups.

If knowledge equals power, then what is the responsibility of such power?

World renowned for his dynamic and challenging performances, Ben Haggarty tells his stories with infectious charm and ease. This dark and full-blooded story of power, knowledge and alchemy, explores that enduring relationship between a teacher and an apprentice. Evocative, unflinching and beautiful by turn, this is a performance to lure you into a world where rules aren’t broken lightly.

 

I was spellbound – I don’t use the word lightly The Times

 

 

 

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August 2017

Saturday 12th August

Pandvani 108

(Mikke Oberg, Emily Hennessey, Ben Haggarty, Dominic Kelly, Sheema Mukherjee, Jonah Brody)

Ancient Technology Centre, Cranbourne, Dorset

(Booking details tba)

Sunday 27th August

The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Family Show)

The Glasshouse, Stourport

(Booking details tba)

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October

Friday 6th – Sunday 8th October

National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, Tennessee, USA
 

 

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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

(Booking details tba)

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Workshops

Saturday 1st April to Sunday 2nd April 2017, 2 days, 9.30am to 5.30pm  

 Intermediate Storytelling workshop
Rich Mix Venue 2, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.

This event is wheelchair accessible.  Adults (18+) This workshop will demand fluent spoken English Language skills.

 DESCRIPTION:
In a nutshell: A short intermediate course, led by Ben Haggarty, and aimed at those who already have some experience of telling traditional tales.Go on… This 2-day practical workshop looks at the shaping and construction of stories using Indo-European wonder tales (fairytales) as a starting point. In particular it will explore how spoken, improvised language functions within a narrative, and will introduce key compositional tools design to bring out the emotional life of a story.

What to expect: This two day workshop is packed with exercises, talk, discussion, and telling stories…

Who’s involved? Ben Haggarty: Ben is a world class performance storyteller and a much sought after trainer and director. For over 30 years he has pioneered the re-visioning of storytelling as a contemporary performance art. He is director of the legendary Crick Crack Club, and Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin. Ben’s understanding of orality and the spoken word (as differentiated from writing and the recited word), metaphor, magic and the dramaturgy of performance storytelling is unsurpassed.

‘the art of storytelling is in the surest safest hands here’ Remote Goat

 TICKETS:  This workshop takes place over two days, 9.30am to 5.30pm, cost £150.00. A booking fee of £1.50 per transaction applies for this event (for non-members) :: www.richmix.org.uk :: Box Office: 0207 613 7498 or email boxoffice@richmix.org.uk

nb – The Rich Mix Booking page may signal Sunday as Sold Out which is a programming error… However, if the Saturday says Sold Out – then indeed the whole workshop is.

 

Publication News

 skullshrine

My graphic novel, MeZolith, with amazing art work by Harry Potter& StarWars Concept Artist, Adam Brockbank,  has been republished by the American company Archaia (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.

You can buy it from specialist comic shops such as Gosh! in London and Travelling Man in the North of England… or here from Amazon:Mezolith 1

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

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

You can buy it from specialist comic shops such as Gosh! in London and Travelling Man in the North of England… or here from Amazon:Mezolith 2

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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