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THE SNOW BABY at the Wardrobe Theatre
16th – 30th December
This Christmas join the makers of The Pixies’ Scarf and The Owl & The Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense for a magical children’s show – a story of castles in the air, of weathering the storm, and dreams coming true in the most unexpected ways.
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The Crick Crack Club & The Cube announce…
CINEMA OF THE IMAGINATION
A brand new series of FAIRYTALES FOR GROWN-UPS at BRISTOL’S CUBE MICROPLEX
FAIRYTALES FOR GROWN-UPS DOUBLE BILL – Thursday 23rd November
THE REMARKABLE TALE OF ROBERT DESNOS – Thursday 14th December
KALI – Thursday 25th January
The Crick Crack Club has made it to the South West at last and this time they’re here to stay! Their first season of Fairytales for Grown-ups launches in November at the fabulously anarchic Cube Microplex, turning this off-piste venue into a real cinema of the imagination.
The Crick Crack Club is a little bit legendary. Founded and run voluntarily by world-class storyteller, Ben Haggarty, for the last 30 years, it’s a long-standing part of London’s odd-ball cultural landscape…but when Ben got hitched to a Bristolian – the club’s own Programme Manager – the organisation had not just a wedding, but a whole new home-coming to enjoy!
That’s not to say that the Crick Crack Club don’t already run events across the country – they do – but as Programme Manager, Kate Norgate says ‘Bristol loves stories, and if there’s anywhere else ready to seriously ‘get’ what we do, then it has to be here’.
The easiest way to think of the Crick Crack Club is as a peripatetic venue, hosting an incredibly diverse programme of dark, wild and downright magical myth, epic and fairytale, performed by the very best contemporary storytellers. The original stories were meant for adults, but sanitized versions are bandied about – and most of us know them – as children’s stories. But they’re more powerful than that. Fairytales for Grown-ups restores all the best bits, for the audience the stories were intended for.
Ben Haggarty says ‘The Cube feels like the perfect Crick Crack Club home. These are people who take art, entertainment, and quality programming seriously, and who appreciate all things that are a little less than mainstream! Also, they’re just getting on with it – and that demands complete respect.’
This first Crick Crack season is a fair indicator of things to come – with fairytales featuring blacksmiths, male initiation and the truth about what the wolf really did to little red riding hood (not to mention what happened to granny); a stunning story about how a surrealist survived in a concentration camp by telling stories, and an epic ride through the mythology of Hindu goddess Kali with music from Transglobal Underground’s Sheema Mukherjee
These are shows for anyone with an imagination who likes to feed it. All you need to know, is that the answer to Crick? is Crack!
Watch the Crick Crack Club’s promo film here: https://youtu.be/gMXz-0UWLn
23rd Nov 2017 Fairytales for Grown-ups – Double Bill, by Ben Haggarty & Nell Phoenix
Power, alchemy , male initiation, wolves, and lost girls…. Surrender to a full-bloodied double-bill of fairytales for grown-ups: The Blacksmith at the Bridge of Bones and Little Red Riding Hood & other Lost Girls. Fierce, unflinching and darkly comedic by turn – this is a place where rules are not broken lightly.
14th Dec 2017 The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos, by Daniel Morden & Clare
A group of concentration camp prisoners tell fantastical tales in clandestine atherings to escape the terror of their situation. But surely their fate is unavoidable… Funny, tragic, uplifting, moving and true, The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos shifts between the horrific reality of the camps and the beauty of countless other worlds.
25th Jan 2017 Kali, by Emily Hennesssey & Sheema Mukherjee
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. Kali is one of the wildest shape-shifters of them all. Demon-slayer, life-saver, supreme-mother, destruction-dancer, this goddess is truly awesome. When an evil power spreads across the world, Kali’s time has come.