Ben Haggarty

Xanthe left teaching and became a storyteller in 1995, having seen Ben Haggarty tell stories in her school. Now a well established performer, her style is highly distinctive and laced through with a delight of the absurd and preposterous. Xanthe has performed in theatres, festivals, schools and libraries across the UK, Ireland, France, Slovenia, Holland, Switzerland and New Zealand. She has worked extensively for The British Museum performing Epics from Iran, Iraq and Ireland, Native American Stories, and Stories for numerous exhibitions such as ‘The Magic of Persia’ and ‘Durer’. She works as a storyteller for Holland Park and The Chelsea Physic Garden and is Lecturer in Storytelling and Drama at the University of East London. Her theatre performances push at the boundaries between theatre, physical theatre and performance storytelling, and her use of props, costume, wigs and ‘stuff’ has become her hallmark.