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BEN HAGGARTY

Ben is one of the world’s leading contemporary storytellers, creating and performing work inspired by international fairytale, myth & epic. Renowned for his playful, physical and often challenging performances, he regularly plays stages as diverse as Soho Theatre, Kings Place, The British Museum, Rich Mix, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Barbican, Northern Stage, York Theatre Royal, and Cheltenham, Hay & Durham Literature Festivals. He has been a guest artist in over one hundred International Storytelling Festivals in 25 countries, and was the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble for 10 years.

Having been trained in mime, and in theatre direction at East 15, and apprenticed as an image-maker with Welfare State, Ben became the driving force behind the revisioning of storytelling as a contemporary performing art in the UK. He is a much sought after teacher and diretor of storytellers; Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin (UDK); a Fringe First Award winner for his extraordinary show ‘Mr Sandmann’, and founder and Artistic Director of the legendary Crick Crack Club. In 2017 he was awarded a British Citizenship Award for the Arts, for his services to the artform. Ben’s graphic novel series, ‘MeZolith’, is published by Archaia-BOOM

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