The Devil, the Tsar, and the three dry biscuits - Storytelling with Ben Haggerty

Ben Haggarty, fairytale-teller extraordinaire, embarks on his time honoured, rumbustious version of a famous Russian tale of outwitting and trickery.


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In Ben Haggerty’s story of wonders, a magical sack can solve all your hunger problems; doctors wield drinking glasses in place of stethoscopes, and a soldier determined to outwit death learns that a good game of cards can get you both into, and out of, a whole lot of trouble…


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Ben Haggerty

Ben is a world-class storyteller, internationally celebrated for his playful, high energy performances. He been trained in mime, and in theatre direction at East 15, and apprenticed as an image-maker with Welfare State. He tours widely, has been a guest artist in over one hundred International Storytelling Festivals in 25 countries and since 2001 has been the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Ben is a much sought after teacher and director of storytellers and artistic director of the legendary Crick Crack Club. He is Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin (UDK). His graphic novel, ‘MeZolith’ was published by Random House in 2010.




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‘.. and what a story this one was – it unravelled itself mischievously in Haggarty’s quietly skilful telling’ - The New Statesman

‘Haggarty tells his stories with enormous relish and gusto.’ - The Independent

‘Haggarty’s telling is an adroit mixture of the imposingly epic and the reassuringly rhythmic, tempered by a twinkle that admits to the story’s heightened nature, without mocking it’ - The Times

‘Haggarty tells his stories with enormous relish and gusto.’ - The Independent

‘He knows how to harness the audience’s imagination offering up the story’s epic twists and turns in a way that animates them without over selling them’ - The Times

2017Martin Keeley