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MIDIR & ETAIN - THE LOVE OF ONE THOUSAND YEARS
PERFORMANCE STORYTELLING BY BEN HAGGARTY WITH MUSIC BY SIANED JONES
Performance Storytelling by Ben Haggarty
Music by Sianed Jones (voice, harmonium, bass, electric violin)
10th century science fiction, meets Irish epic, meets fantasy, meets horror strip, meets passion play…
Epic storyteller, Ben Haggarty, and wild musician Sianed Jones, tell the extraordinary story of two deities whose cursed pursuit of love spans a thousand years - surviving complex love triangles; impossible quests; multiple monstrous reincarnations, and the partitioning of the world into the land of the mortals and a dark Otherworld.
Ben Haggarty's intensely physical performance is perfectly matched by Sianed Jones' brooding soundscapes that occasionally burst into song. Together they cast a spell of archaic magic; balancing the surreal and the comedic with an atmosphere of epic power conjured by the gods, both jealous and generous.
This unbridled fantasy is based on a startling work of 10th Century Irish literature salvaged from a Cheltenham convent, and when you hear it, you’ll wonder just what the nuns were doing with it…
'This is real storytelling' THE GUARDIAN HAY FESTIVAL
'I was spell-bound - I don't use the word lightly' THE TIMES
Suitable for adults (children 12+)
In a field on the outskirts of Cranborne village, there is a hill, and it has a door....
One of Dorset's best kept secrets, the Earthouse is a 200 seater theatre - lit by lamplight and fire-light. Here audiences sit on wooden benches, under an earth roof, held up by 25 huge aok tree trunks. They come to listen to stories, told by the UK's finest contemporary performance storytellers. This off-beat, little known venue is a magical cinema of the imagination.
Turn off Damerham Road into Cranborne Middle School. Parking is in the school car-park. Walk up the road from the car-park to the Ancient Technology Centre, and follow the lane and then the twinkley lights and the candle lanterns to the doors of the Earthouse.
GOOD THINGS TO KNOW...
• Wrap up warm, bring a cushion & wear sensible shoes! (A torch might also come in handy!)
• There is no bar on site, and we don’t have a license to sell you alcohol – but we’ll supply something nice instead.
• We open the doors of the Earthouse at 7pm. In summer, please feel free to come early and sit in the sun – you can even bring a picnic (just don’t munch food while the show is on).
• We have toilets!
• Wheelchair users can drive up to the venue, but please let us know in advance if you’ll need to do this. You can call the ATC on 01725 517 618.
• Shows are unsuitable for under 12s. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
• We sometimes have (official) photographers discreetly taking pictures at these events – if you don’t want to be in these pictures, then please let a member of staff know.
• The ATC is a no smoking site.
• No dogs are allowed on site – we have some ancient breeds of sheep who live here, and they wouldn’t appreciate the company!
When & Where
The Crick Crack Club
The UK's legendary promoter & programmer of performance storytelling - bringing international fairytale, myth and epic to the contemporary stage...