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Crick Crack Club presents:

Ben Haggarty/Steph Brittain: Love Rites

Fairytales For Grown-Ups

Doors: 7.30pm | Starts: 8pm | Running time: 120 minutes + interval | Suitable for: adults 16+

Thu 13 June // 20:00 (SOLD OUT)

Tickets: £12

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A man buries his heart...
A woman becomes a wild creature of the trees...
A corpse hangs by its hair...
The God Of Love's wife takes the reins and spreads desire.

Storytellers, Ben Haggarty and Steph Brittain, chase a timeless theme through the forest of grown-up folktale, fairytale, epic and myth, to find the love we seek; the love we fear; the love that transcends; the love that burns, the love that heals; and the love that entangles sex and death and rebirth.

Expect strange attractions, eros, madness, romance, intoxication, and betrayal. Bring your heart and join the pursuit of the eternal mystery of, 'what is this (crazy little) thing called love'?

'Vivid, rich and imposingly epic.'
The Times

'Bloody brilliant!'
Time Out

CONTENT WARNING: this performance contains descriptions of sex, child-loss, suicide, self harm, murder, and death, contextualised within a paradigm of mythic narrative, archetype and metaphor.


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.



Steph Brittain's love for storytelling developed whilst studying Kathak dance in Paris and Delhi, and it continued to grow during her MA in Drama And Movement Therapy at The Royal Central School Of Speech & Drama, London. She trained in performance at Acting International in Paris and Drama Centre London, and in storytelling with Jo Blake, Ben Haggarty, Nick Hennessey and Nell Phoenix. She has performed at Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Arcola Theatre London, the BBC, and recently in venues across the Isle Of Wight. A new voice storyteller, Steph Brittain recently joined storytelling & music ensemble Pandvani 108 as part of their artist development programme.


'Mesmerising. The Crick Crack Club weaves a web of enchantment.'
Time Out London

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

'Expect all things wild, weird and utterly magical.'
Elle Magazine

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

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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.