A blacksmith dressed in an apron and gloves, standing in a workshop, in front of an anvil with tools in his hand.

Event information

16 June 2024


BP Lecture Theatre


  • £10
  • £8 (Members)
  • £8 (Concessions)


Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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A blacksmith. A boy. A wolf. A serpent queen. And the king's youngest daughter...

Renowned the world over for his playful and physical performances, Ben Haggarty will lure you into a full-blooded fairytale for grown-ups this Father's Day. This rare tale of male initiation is a story of power, knowledge, responsibility, alchemy and the darkest magic of all.

Evocative, unflinching and beautiful by turn, this distant variant of the legend of Wayland the Smith explores the enduring relationship between teacher and apprentice. This is a place where rules aren't broken lightly.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club, the UK's boldest and busiest performance storytelling programmer and promoter, working with the finest spoken word storytellers, developing audiences, supporting artists and collaborating with venues and festivals across the UK.

Content warning: This performance contains references to death, violence, mutilation and animal cruelty contextualised within a paradigm of mythic narrative, archetype and metaphor.

Booking information

  • Book now to secure your place.
  • Concessions include Disabled visitors, job seekers, seniors (60+) and students. The event is free for Disabled visitors' assistants (booking required).
  • Running time: Approximately 70 minutes, no interval.
  • These storytelling events are created with an adult audience in mind (age guidance 12+), under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please allow time to go through a security check, which includes a bag check upon entry to the Museum.
  • Doors to the BP Lecture Theatre will open at approximately 14.15 for the audience to take their seats.
  • Please note only bottled water is permitted in the theatre. No food or other drinks are allowed.
  • This event will be held at full capacity. In line with current government and NHS guidance, face masks are not mandatory but guests are welcome to wear them if they wish.


About the performer

Ben Haggarty is one of the UK's most popular contemporary storytellers. Renowned for his playful, physical and often challenging performances, he tours widely – performing in theatres, art centres and festivals across the English-speaking world and on stages that range from caves to Carnegie Hall. His repertoire spans Indo-European fairytales for grown-ups, Greek and Irish mythology, the epic of Gilgamesh, as well as contemporary myths such as Frankenstein and Mr Sandman, which won him a Fringe First award for best spoken word.