Myths retold
The Crick Crack Club presents Mr Sandmann: bringer of dreams and nightmares

Sunday 14 May 2017,
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £8
Members/Concessions £6

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Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.

Join acclaimed performance storyteller Ben Haggarty as he embarks on a twisted homage to Americana and the pop culture of the 50s, 60s and 70s, in search for the truth behind the Chordettes hit Mr Sandman.

In a dark and unsettling performance, where Marilyn Monroe is a target in a shooting gallery, and the moon landing is more than a sideshow, the truth behind Warhol’s Silver Dream Factory is gradually revealed.

This arcane mash-up of urban legends, fairytales and the founding myth of Judeo-Christian culture won Fringe First Award for Best Spoken Word at the Brighton Festival in 2013.

'It's not all fairy godmothers and happy endings, you know. Haggarty has created an intense and alarming performance... Screw up your courage and go.'
Erica Wagner, The Times

‘2 hours of storytelling genius. Often beautiful, sometimes frightening, Sandmann is wonderful and wondrous.'
Fringe Review

Suitable for ages 14+

Ben Haggarty 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 100 international storytelling festivals in 25 countries and was for ten years the official storyteller with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Ben trained in mime, and in theatre direction at East 15, and is a much sought after teacher and director of storytellers. He is artistic director of the legendary Crick Crack Club and Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin (UDK). Find out more at

Age: 15+

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Photo: Ben Haggarty.