Crick Crack Club - Downright Rude

Thu 30 January 8pm
£8, £6 adv / Main Space / Unreserved Seating*

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Performance Storytelling by TUUP, Tim Ralphs & Nell Phoenix, MCed by Ben Haggarty

After months of cold dark evenings, and in anticipation of the rising sap of spring, three Crick Crack Club storytellers take to the stage with a bevvy of folk & fairytales from across the globe, not intended for polite company. Ready yourself for a no-holds-barred evening of innuendo and bawdiness which peeps up the skirt of flirtation; raises a suggestive eyebrow at forbidden fruit, and takes the urges of men and women firmly in hand.

Lowering the tone of the night will be the glint-toothed unprecedented preacher man TUUP, the irreverent reverend Tim Ralphs and the naughty but nice Nell Phoenix – and whipping them all into shape will be our maestro of ceremonies, Ben Haggarty.

Suitable for adults (16+)

TIM RALPHS is one of the most exciting young talents on the British storytelling scene. Teller in residence of the Word Smack Cabaret and host of Sheffield’s The Story Forge, his performance style is energetic and his composition knows no bounds.

Striving always to innovate, his work draws on our international narrative inheritance, the ever-changing cityscape of his home, fairytale, myth, legend and downright surrealism. His performances merge the contemporary with the ancient with enviable integrity and a touch of genius. Whether in conversation with refugees, appearing live at international festivals across Europe or using the internet to reach across continents, Tim has a glint in his eye and a skill to entertain.

NELL PHOENIX has been performing professionally since graduating from Goldsmiths College in 1984. As an actress, she has performed in theatres around the world - from the Blackpool Grand to the Sydney Opera House;  all over Eastern and Western Europe, and in all sorts of places in-between. With an utterly engaging intimate storytelling style, Nell balances beautifully the comedic, the magical, and occasionally the downright rude. Recent work includes stories told at Highgrove, Hackney Library, Kensington Palace and for NTS Live, Dalston’s own digital radio station. She also creates stories for charities and companies; recent commissions incl. V&A, Brit Museum, 40 Winks Bedtime Stories, WWF, Arts for Human Rights, After Adoption, Radley Handbags and Selfridges. She is Artistic Director of StoryNight at Torriano, one of London’s thriving performance storytelling clubs for adults. 

TUUP Born to Guyanese parents and raised in Acton, West London, Godfrey Duncan - TUUP (The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher) - has been a professional storyteller since 1981, when he joined Ben Haggarty to form the West London Storytelling Unit. Truly an elder of the storytelling revival in Britain, his style is one of total improvisation, unbounded charisma and alarming spontaneity. His fabulous capacity for mimicry and ear for a wild story is outstanding.
TUUP has travelled the world extensively, telling stories all over Europe and in both Northern and Southern Africa. In his role as a creative lyricist, poet, percussionist and vocalist with the highly influential dance music collective, Transglobal Underground, he has performed throughout Europe, Central Asia, Asia and North and South America.

*Limited seating is provided on a first come, first served basis. Once all of the seating is taken, it will be standing room only for the remaining ticket holders. If you are unable to stand, and would like us to reserve seating for you, please contact our box office team to discuss.

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