Outrageously enjoyable storytelling for grown ups from the finest performance storytellers
from the UK & beyond
1st April 2020
Parbold Women's Institute Hall
The Common, Parbold, WN8 7HA
Tickets £8 online, £8.50 on the door
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.
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.