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Crick Crack Club presents:


A Fairytale For Grown-Ups

Doors: 7.30pm | Starts: 8pm | Running time: 95 minutes (+ interval) | Suitable for: adults 16+

Thu 22 February // 20:00 (SOLD OUT)

Tickets: £12.50


No remembering without forgetting...
No rebirth without death...
No ascent without descent...
These are the mysteries.

Storyteller Ben Haggarty, and musician Jonah Brody, become guides to a dark dreamscape. Meet Dionysus - God Of Wine - born once from his mother and again from Zeus; Orpheus who can only find love through separation; Eurydice and Persephone eternally bound to the land of the dead; and Aphrodite scattering seeds of chaos, through which we must wade to find sense.

Ben Haggarty reads between the lines of Greek mythology to restore these stories to their terrifying and truly awesome glory. This is world-class storytelling - dark, magical and provocative. Whatever you do - don't look back...

'Bloody brilliant!'
Time Out

'Storytelling genius!'
Brighton Fringe

CONTENT WARNING: please be advised, this performance is based on raw Greek mythology and includes moments of violence, incest, rape, dismemberment, infanticide, alcoholic intoxication, cannibalism and death, alongside moments of beauty, magic, wonder, transformation and life.


Ben Haggarty is one of the world's leading contemporary storytellers, creating and performing work inspired by international fairytale, myth and epic. Renowned for his playful, physical and often challenging performances, he performs in theatres, art centres and festivals across the UK and Europe. He has been a guest artist in over one hundred International Storytelling Festivals in 25 countries, and for 10 years was the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.

Ben is a Fringe First Award winner, Honorary Professor Of Storytelling at the Arts University Of Berlin, artistic director of the legendary Crick Crack Club and Visiting Research Fellow In The Creative Arts at Merton College, Oxford. Ben is a much sought after teacher, director and narrative consultant, working with performers, writers, illustrators, theatre makers, filmmakers and myriad other creatives.



'The Crick Crack Club is something special.'
A Younger Theatre

Founded in 1987 by world-class performance storyteller and sector pioneer, Ben Haggarty, today Crick Crack Club is the UK's busiest and boldest performance storytelling programmer and promoter. It creates exuberant, intelligent, wild, weird and wonderful events in London, Bristol, Dorset, and across the UK, that draw people from all walks of life into a shared experience and the stunning content of international fairytale, folktale, myth and epic. Featuring outstanding performance storytellers and the very best new talent, its annual public programme of shows and residencies can be found in theatres, at festivals, in castles, caves, village halls, rose gardens and derelict warehouses.

'A treasure house of humour, romance and myth.'
City Limits

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Every month, Crick Crack Club brings its wild haven of fairytale, myth and epic to the awesome red velvet surroundings of Bristol's finest independent cinema, theatre and place of happenings, The CUBE Microplex; THE place in Bristol for unusual events, performance art, spoken word and live storytelling for grown-ups.