Everyone loves a story and now you have a chance to watch one being acted in one of the most atmospheric places in Dorset.
Cranborne Earthouse has a fire-lit theatre under an earth roof, held up by 21 huge oak tree trunks. It seats up to 250 people and is lit by oil lamp and firelight.
World-class storytellers, the Crick Crack Club, will present a whole day of live performance storytelling on Saturday 10 July.
From fairytales for families to curious fables for discerning grown-ups, there will be something for everyone throughout the day.
2pm: Storyteller Daniel Morden and musician Oli Wilson Dickson will tell The Luck Child, a classic Brothers Grimms fairytale, with passion and humour. With dark forests, mysterious strangers, talking animals, goodies, baddies, booing, cheering, singalongs, high drama and low comedy, this will be a fun, lively and unforgettable performance for anyone aged seven up.
4pm: 3 Drops of Blood. Come and make a deal with the devil – what could possibly go wrong? Legendary storyteller Ben Haggarty ventures into the wild side of fairytale to haul four lesser-known Brothers Grimm tales out of the nursery and into the dark realm of fairytales for grown-ups. Gothic, stark, beguiling and beautiful, this performance is accompanied by music from Sherry Robinson and is suitable for adults and children of 12 plus.
8pm: The Cabinet of Zoological Curiosities. Four of the Crick Crack Club’s finest storytellers unveil a grand cabinet of zoological curiosities, with animalistic fables for discerning grown-ups. This will be an evening of transformations, unexpected horns, unfluffy bunnies, beasts behaving badly, and unbridled social satire. Suitable for adults 16 plus.
Tickets start from £6.50 per person for the families’ performance. More details and tickets for all the shows are available on: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/earthousestorytelling
Kate Norgate, programme manager at the Crick Crack Club said: “When you let yourself be taken by a story – you are free. Free to disappear into your own imagination. To journey through wild places, to encounter untold mysteries and come safely back at the end of it all. Everything you imagine, in the cinema of your mind’s eye, is yours. It has been created by you.
“As if that wasn’t enough, when you’re immersed in a storytelling show, everyone around you is doing the exact same thing – sharing the same intoxicating experience of world building. And that is how community is built. As performance storyteller, Daniel Morden, once said ‘you just don’t get that with Netflix.”
The grounds of the Earthouse will open at 1pm, so if the weather is good, audiences are very welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy at the site before their show.
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