THE GODS AND MONSTERS SHOW
THE CRICK CRACK CLUB PRESENTS
THE GODS AND MONSTERS SHOW
An Epic Jukebox of Music and World Myth by Pandvani 108
Wednesday 4 April 2018, 7.30pm
VENUE: Rich Mix Main Space
TICKET PRICE: £10 / £8 concessions (14+)
BOX OFFICE: https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/spoken-word/gods-monsters-show-pandvani108
Five world-class storytellers present a brand new take on a 3000 year old musical storytelling form.
Inspired by an ancient central Indian epic singing form Pandvani (or Pandavani) the performers of Pandvani 108 have developed a way to tell some of world's most treasured myths epics in a way that suits the speed of contemporary life. Accompanied by music and interjections from a ragi – who acts as the voice of the audience – the ensemble retells episodes from classic epic and myth in short form style.
Pandvani 108's evening of international stories-with-music will include gods, monsters, giants, warriors and divas from Ancient Greece, Ireland, the Scandinavian North, the heat of mythical India and far beyond.
‘playful, powerful, dynamic…a highlight!’ BEYOND THE BORDER FESTIVAL
‘seriously shit hot!’ AUDIENCE – SECRET GARDEN PARTY
BEN HAGGARTY: Having been trained in mime, in theatre direction at East 15, and apprenticed as an image-maker with Welfare State, Ben is one of the world's leading contemporary storytellers, renowned for his passionate and physical performances. He tours widely, has been a guest artist in over one hundred International Storytelling Festivals in 25 countries alongside being 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: Stone Age Dreams and Nightmares' is published by Archaia. www.benhaggarty.com
'I was spellbound - I don't use the word lightly' THE TIMES
EMILY HENNESSEY: After completing a Drama & Theatre Studies degree at the University of Kent, Emily completed a storytelling apprenticeship with storyteller Dr Vayu Naidu., and later trained with Ben Haggarty. She's also had the privilege of training with Indian Pandvani performer, Ritu Verma, and studying Kathakali dance-drama in Kerala . As a storyteller, Emily has toured in India with the British Council and performed at the Delhi Storytelling Festival. www.emilyhennessey.co.uk
'Emily is an outstanding performance storyteller' THE LATEST
MIKAEL OBERG:Mikael is a Swedish performance storyteller and member of the Fabula Storytelling Company in Stockholm. Mikael tells stories, myths and epics from traditions around the world, and his energetic and experimental style has won him fans across Europe. Mikael also performs with the physical theatre group Theatre Slava, and is also the co-artistic director of Cistern.se, organising experimental sonic events and cross-arts festivals. www.storytelling.se
' Epic, energetic storytelling … an enthralling performer' EXEUNT
SHEEMA MUKHERJEE: Brought up between Britain and India, Sheema studied sitar and Indian classical music under the tutelage of her uncle, the late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, then with the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. She has a rich background to draw on in her own compositions and collaborations, and today she is an established sitar player and composer; a regular in Transglobal Underground and a formidable collaborator with international artists from many genres. www.mukherjee.co.uk
JONAH BRODY: Jonah is an international award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, playing Bass, Guitar, Gamelan, Japanese Koto, and Harmonium. He trained at SOAS, winning the 2010 Darmasiswa music Scholarship, was a founding member of contemporary folk outfits Sam Lee and Friends and Super Best Friends Club, and is a composer at London's The Yard Theatre. Having studied musical accompaniment of the Ramayana during his MA, Jonah carries deep knowledge of improvised Eastern traditions, and is himself an accomplished improviser.
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.
The UK's most vivid and exciting Storytelling organisation’
Ian Macmillan, THE TIMES