Coloured print of a ghost in the form of a skeleton.

Event information

6 Feb 2022


BP Lecture Theatre


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


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Ravenous flying heads, demon masks that possess the wearer, faceless ghosts, goblin-rats, women made of snow, seductive statues, warrior monks, abandoned farmhouses and lonely roads...

In Edo period Japan, a night-time game consisting of 100 flickering candles and 100 supernatural tales became a widespread folk phenomenon called Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai (The Game of Candles). After each teller finished their story, a candle would be extinguished, plunging the room, by small degrees, into a darkness filled with ever more hungry ghosts.

Join storytellers Tim Ralphs and Sarah-Liisa Wilkinson as they pay tribute to this unnerving folk custom.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club, a UK-based storytelling programmer and promoter, working with spoken word storytellers, developing audiences, supporting artists and collaborating with venues and festivals across the UK.

Booking information

  • Book now to secure your place.
  • Running time: 75 mins, no interval.
  • Please note this event will be held at half capacity with some social distancing measures in place. In line with recent government guidance, you must wear a face covering inside the Museum for the protection of yourself and others, unless you’re exempt or are visiting one of our cafés. Hand sanitiser stations and additional cleaning measures will be in place.

About the performers

Tim Ralphs

Tim Ralphs is teller in residence of the Word Smack Cabaret and host of Sheffield's The Story Forge. Ralphs' performances merge the contemporary with the ancient. He delivers live adaptations and reimaginings of classic fairytales in evocative urban settings, injecting his own brand of surrealism into the performances.

Sarah Liisa Wilkinson

Sarah Liisa Wilkinson is an emerging new talent in British storytelling. She has trained as a performer with Philippe Gaulier, and as a storyteller with Nell Phoenix and Ben Haggarty. Wilkinson has told stories to audiences in clubs, pubs, festivals, churches, front rooms and all-night sleepovers. She is a member of The Embers Collective.