'The NIck Cave of storytelling' Remote Goat
‘.. and what a story this one was – it unravelled itself mischievously in Haggarty’s quietly skilful telling’ The New Statesman
‘Haggarty tells his stories with enormous relish and gusto.’ The Independent
‘I was spellbound - I don't use the word lightly’
A master of improvisation and renowned for his playful and energetic performances, Ben Haggarty is a world-class performance storyteller, whose work charms, delights and subverts audiences across the English-speaking world.
Having been trained in mime and theatre direction, and apprenticed as an image-maker with Welfare State, Ben became a central figure in the re-visioning of storytelling as a contemporary performing art in the UK. He co-founded the Company of Storytellers, with fellow members Hugh Lupton and Sally Pomme Clayton; created the legendary Crick Crack Club; co-founded Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival, and is a promoter, programmer, and a much sought after director and trainer.
Ben has performed in venues ranging from caves to the Carnegie hall. He works in theatres, art centres, festivals, museums and galleries across the UK, the USA, Canada and Northern Europe, and has featured as guest storyteller representing Britain, in over 100 international storytelling festivals in 25 countries. Ben’s performances, including ‘Gilgamesh’, ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Mr Sandmann’ ‘Midir and Etain’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, and his programmes of ‘Fairytales for Grown-ups’ have earned him international acclaim.
Ben was the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble for 10 years and is Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK). In 2017 he was awarded a BCA for his services to the artform. His graphic novel series ‘MeZolith' is published by Archaia.