Mr Sandmann - bringer of dreams & nightmares

Dark, unsettling and intensely magical, join world-class storyteller Ben Haggarty as he slips behind the lights into the dark side of fairground.

Via freak-show and moonshine bar, ready yourself for an alarming journey through the ambivalent mythology of the Sandman. Marilyn Monroe is a target in a shooting gallery; the moon-landing is more than a side-show and the truth behind Warhol’s Silver Dream Factory is gradually revealed.

Flirting with Americana, drawing on urban legend, fairytale, myth and folklore, and paying oblique homage to Heinrich Von Kleist, ETA Hoffman, Hans Andersen and Nick Cave, Ben Haggarty surrenders his sanity to the magnetic pull of a ravenous moon.

WINNER: Brighton Festival Fringe First Awards 2013 – Best Spoken Word


Ben Haggarty:  Having been trained in mime and in theatre direction at East 15, and apprenticed as an image-maker with Welfare State, Ben is one of the world’s leading contemporary storytellers renowned for his passionate and physical performances. He tours widely, has been a guest artist in over one hundred International Storytelling Festivals in 25 countries  and was for 10 years the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.  Ben is a much sought after teacher and director of storytellers and artistic director of the legendary Crick Crack Club. He is Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin (UDK). His graphic novel series MeZolith is published by Archaia.

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