Spring 2020 Season postponed to 2021
Date tbc Spring 2021
Ben Haggarty performing
Mr Sandmann - Bringer of Dreams and Nightmares

Dark, unsettling and utterly magical, join world-class storyteller, Ben Haggarty, as he slips behind the lights into the dark side of the fairground, where you risk getting more than you bargained for.

Via freak-show and moonshine bar, ready yourself for an intense and alarming journey through the ambivalent mythology of the Sandman. Here Marilyn Monroe is a target in a shooting gallery; the moon-landing is more than a side-show and the truth behind Warhol’s Silver Dream Factory is gradually revealed.


Flirting with Americana; drawing on urban legend, fairytale, myth and folklore, and paying oblique homage to Heinrich Von Kleist, ETA Hoffman, Hans Andersen and Nick Cave, Ben Haggarty surrenders his sanity to the magnetic pull of a ravenous moon.


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Winner of Fringe First Award for Best Spoken Word - Brighton Festival 2013  See the Review here

‘2 hours of storytelling genius’ Fringe Review

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

'Haggarty has created an intense and alarming performance...Screw up your courage and go'  Erica Wagner, The Times

'Often beautiful, sometimes frightening, Sandmann is wonderful and wondrous' Fringe Review 

Ben is one of the world's leading contemporary storytellers, renowned for his passionate and physical performances. He tours widely, has been a guest artist in over one hundred International Storytelling Festivals in 25 countries  and was for 10 years the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road. Ben established Crick Crack Club in 1987, which has recreated storytelling as a contemporary performance art in the UK. He has worked with organisations such as the Barbican Centre and Southbank Centre, and his work has also featured on TV and radio. The Crack Crack Club is the UK's premiere performance storytelling programmer and promoter, working with the finest performance storytellers, developing audiences, supporting artists and collaborating with venues across the UK and Europe. 

From demure housewife to bloodthirsty goddess, gurgling infant to elephant man, meditating sage to cosmic fire-eater, Hindu mythology illuminates a mind-blowing world of radical transformations. 

Date tbc 2021
Emily Hennessey performing 'Kali'
The story of Hindu mythology’s
wildest goddess

Kali is one of the wildest shape-shifters of all. Demon-slayer, Life-saver, Supreme-Mother, Destruction-dancer, this goddess is truly Awesome.

When an evil power spreads its clawed hands across the world, Kali’s time has come… 


Join storyteller, Emily Hennessey, for a white-knuckled tuc-tuc ride through sun-kissed palaces, fiend-infested forests and every cacophonous saffron-scented marketplace inbetween.

Date tbc 2021
The Remarkable Tale
of Robert Desnos
performed by
Clare Murphy &
Daniel Morden
Held captive in a concentration camp, prisoners tell fantastical tales to lift their spirits. Their clandestine gatherings allow them to briefly forget their terrible situation. But surely their fate is unavoidable… The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos is funny, tragic, uplifting and incredibly moving. Shifting between the awful reality of the camp, and the beauty and richness of countless other worlds, this weaving together of finely crafted traditional stories demonstrates the power of the imagination to shape and change reality.
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