‘I was spellbound - I don’t use the word lightly’
‘a tour de force’
Ben is a world-class performance storyteller, whose work delights and subverts audiences across the English-speaking world. A master of improvisation, he is internationally respected for his playful, physical and challenging performances of stories inspired by international fairytales, folk tales, myth and epic, in venues that have ranged from caves to the Carnegie Hall. Performance images...
A regular performer at the Barbican and Soho theatres in London, Ben tours work for adults and families to venues across the UK, with recent appearances at York Theatre Royal, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Norwich Arts Centre, The Dukes, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Northern Stage, Rich Mix, Chapter Arts Centre, The Royal & Derngate, The National Theatre, The South Bank, and Beverley, Canterbury, Cheltenham, Ilkley and Hay Literature Festivals. He has featured as guest storyteller in over 100 International Storytelling Festivals in over 25 countries, and is a member of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. Contact Ben...
Having trained in mime and theatre direction in the 1970s, including a stint at East 15, and apprenticed as an image-maker with Welfare State, Ben Haggarty began telling stories professionally in 1981 - becoming a driving force behind the re-visioning of storytelling as a contemporary performance art in the UK, and forming The Company of Storytellers with colleagues Hugh Lupton & Sally Pomme Clayton to pioneer storytelling for adult audiences. More biography...
‘Haggarty tells his stories with enormous gusto and relish...’
‘Haggarty’s telling is an adroit mix of the imposingly epic and the reassuringly rhythmic, tempered by a twinkle that admits to the story’s heightened nature without mocking it...’