"Unforgettable"

Plays to See

Founded in 1987 by world-class performance storyteller and sector pioneer, Ben Haggarty, today we are the UK’s busiest and boldest performance storytelling programmer and promoter.

We create exuberant, intelligent, wild, weird and wonderful events in Bristol, Dorset, London, and across the UK, that draw people from all walks of life into a shared experience and the stunning content of international fairytale, folktale, myth and epic.

Our legendary live events and our amazing audiences are at the heart of what we do. Featuring outstanding performance storytellers and the very best new talent, our annual public programme of shows, festivals, and residencies can be found in theatres, at festivals, in castles, caves, village halls, rose gardens and derelict warehouses. 

We create worlds in the imaginations of our audiences.

'This is no hipster hangout which makes it rather a find' A Little Bird
'The art of storytelling is in the surest safest hands' Remote Goat
'The first rule is do talk about the crick crack club' Views from the Gods

what we're up to

Our audiences spill the beans about times when story and real life collide…

Encounter the wild men, wild women, wild children and wild others who populate our myth, fairytale, popular culture and the human psyche…

Performance storytellers talk about their lives, their influences and their art…

In typically generous style, Ben Haggarty gives free access to extracts from the Secret Art of the Storyteller…

Our legendary events, tours, residencies and festivals in London, Bristol, Dorset and elsewhere…

Our touring summer festival of fairytales for grown-ups and myths for kids in a beautiful tented theatre…

Recordings of live shows from the archives, providing soul food for the nation during the isolation and beyond…

our team

Ben Haggarty

artistic director

After dinner DJ, in-the-bath thinker, horn-blower and fairytale-teller-extraordinaire, Ben is why we are all here. You’ll find him on stage, leading our artist development programmes, and wrangling performers and audiences at our shows. 

kate norgate

Programme Manager & producer

Junk shop rummager, indiscriminate gardener and optimistic cook – Kate is our extreme-good-ideas-haver who makes everything happen.  You’ll find her up a ladder, running the box office, and lurking in the dark at the back of the theatre. 

Laura Sampson

Marketing Manager / Digital Producer

Vocalist, Noh performer, and queen of charity shop clothes shopping – Laura does all the hard work that tells you that we exist and that buying a ticket or two would be a good thing to do. You’ll find her penning press-releases and at the controls of our social media. 

our board

Diverse in all directions, they say yes to the good ideas and no to the bad ones. They guide and give, and we love them dearly.

Joshua Wiskey

Artist, painter, word games creator, Director of BabbleINK Ltd, and a general fixer of problems.

Jen Pearcy-edwards

Texan mama in London; physical performer, puppeteer, filmmaker and director of Corvus Pictures.

Sarah Liisa Wikinson

Production editor at Nick Hern Books, playwright, storyteller and member of Embers Collective.

Rana
Ward

Sacro-cranial therapist and the ultimate storytelling audience fly girl. 

Our FUNDERS...

We are eternally grateful to those who fund our work now and in the past - most importantly the public who buy tickets to our events, without whom we would be worthless!
Daiwa
Foyle Foundaton
The Japan Society
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Lottery Funded Logo
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
Arts Council England