4 Dec 2022
(120 minutes, 20 minute interval)
BP Lecture Theatre
- £8 (Members)
- £8 (Concessions)
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
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A bored king. A quest for eternal life. And the deepest secrets of the gods...
Over 3,500 years after this ancient Sumerian epic was first etched into clay tablets, world renowned storyteller Ben Haggarty and multi-instrumentalist Jonah Brody bring Gilgamesh to the stage in an extraordinary and powerful telling of one of the oldest stories in the world.
Haggarty's bold and physical performance is underscored by the uncanny psychedelia of Brody's music. The result is a passionate, fast-paced epic, laced with quick-witted humour.
Deities are irritated and appeased by turn, supernatural beings are slain, apocalypse is averted, and our anti-hero turned hero discovers what it really is to be a man.
This performance marks the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Flood Story, part of The Epic of Gilgamesh on cuneiform tablets by researcher George Smith at the British Museum. His discovery made headlines around the world and started an enduring fascination with the story. Smith was the first to publish a translation of the epic in 1874, having pieced the fragments back together.
Read about The Flood Tablet, the 11th tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh, on the British Museum's Google Arts & Culture pages.
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.
Content warning: this performance contains references to sex and sexual language, death and grief.
- This event is sold out.
- Running time: 120 mins + interval.
- Age guidance: 14+, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
- Please note this event will be held at full capacity. Face coverings are recommended for the protection of yourself and others, unless you're exempt.
Vivid, rich and imposingly epicDominic Maxwell, the Times
Bloody brilliantTime Out
Storytelling geniusBrighton Fringe
Ben Haggarty trained in mime and theatre direction at East 15 Acting School and apprenticed as an image-maker with Welfare State International theatre. Today, he is a celebrated contemporary storyteller renowned for performances and channelling of Greek mythology. He tours widely, has been a guest artist in over 100 International Storytelling Festivals in 25 countries and was the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble for 10 years. Haggarty is Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin (UDK). His graphic novel series MeZolith is published by Archaia.
Jonah Brody is an international, award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, playing the bass, guitar, gamelan, Japanese koto and harmonium. He trained at SOAS, winning the 2010 Darmasiswa music Scholarship. Brody was a member of contemporary folk ensemble Sam Lee and Friends and heads Super Best Friends Club. Having studied the musical accompaniment of the Ramayana in Indonesia during his MA, he carries deep knowledge of improvised Eastern traditions, and is himself an accomplished improviser.