Soho loves storytelling! Grown-up fairytales by the UK’s most exciting voices welcome the Spring Season…
Expect dark forest paths to districts of desire, overseen by the watchful eye of a crow who may mean death, but might just, if you’re lucky, mean resurrection instead…
The Crick Crack Club has been programming epic, myth and fairytale performances for grown-ups since the 1980’s. Which is why all audiences need to know in advance, is that the answer to ‘Crick’, is ‘Crack’.
RED BEAD WOMAN – Apr 16
At the very edge of the fire, a woman arises from a mare’s tale plant with red beads falling from her mouth as she speaks, and a king’s son tied to the top of the tallest pine tree, is slowly becoming a crow. Down below the forest path splits into two. One is good. One is very bad. Which one will you choose? Mythologist Martin Shaw presides over a night of epic transformations.
TALES OF THE RABBIT GOD – May 28
Down a oft-forgotten side-street, in the districts of desire, is a shrine to the Chinese Rabbit God, Hu Tianbao. Here love and gender are not tightly bound by rule, law or social expectation. Storyteller Clare Murphy stumbles into the Rabbit God’s court, looking way beyond ‘boy meets girl’ she unearths a veritable sweet shop selling every possible flavour of attraction and the myriad nature of sexual identity.
CROW. BLOOD. SNOW – June 18
Crow was there at the beginning. Crow warns of dangers, makes you fall in love, flies over the battlefield, brings the dead back to life, keeps the memories, counts time, waits for doom, is the echo of the land itself. Sally Pomme Clayton weaves forgotten folklore and fragments of myth from Ireland to Italy, Scandinavia to Siberia – conjuring the dark and dangerous figure of Crow.
THE CRICK CRACK CLUB is England’s premier promoter and programmer of performance storytelling. It has led the revival of performance storytelling in the UK since 1987 – focusing on the contemporary performance of international folktale, fairytales, myth & epic for predominantly adult audiences.
VENUE: Soho Upstairs, Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE.
TICKET PRICE: £10 / £8 concessions (14+)
SOHO BOX OFFICE: 0207 478 0100 or http://www.sohotheatre.com