ADULT SHOWS (age guidance on website) – £7.50-9/ticket
FAMILY SHOWS (age guidance on website) – £4/£10 family of 3 / £12 family of 4 BOOKING: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/checkout/fabularium
Story experts bring nomadic people’s palace of fairytale home to the heart of Bristol.
Leading storytelling promoter the Crick Crack Club will host Bristol’s first summer pop-up fairytale festival in the city centre. On 29 August, in the middle of College Green, The Fabularium – a beautiful 100-seat tent, with lights twinkling and flags flying – will appear. Then, over the next four days, the Fabularium will come to life with a series of shows by the best of the best of the UK’s storytellers – including Ben Haggarty, Daniel Morden, Jan Blake, Nell Phoenix, and TUUP.
During the day, the Fabularium will be dedicated to family shows – as much fun for the adults as for the children they bring – about everything from quick-witted youths to magic monkeys to slobbering giants. But as the sky darkens, so will the stories. Evening shows for grown ups will be a ruder, more epic and more outrageous offering; dark fairytales from France, epic goddesses from India, x-rated folk tales from around the world, and more. Between shows, Bristol based company Play Wooden have games to delight and entertain, available to play free of charge to all comers.
The Crick Crack Club is known in the UK for its quality theatre-based events – but the team are always up to something a bit different too. Their Wild takeover of London’s Wellcome Collection in 2017 broke visitor records, they’ve transformed empty warehouses into wonderlands, and they run events in the UK’s only 250 seat Iron-age Earthouse theatre. The Fabularium is the Club’s unique touring venue, built in 2015 with the aim of taking world-class storytelling into the heart of communities across the UK – weaving a fairytale ‘web of enchantment’ (Time Out London) in city centre parks, village greens and farmers fields, in typical Crick Crack Club off-beat style.
When the Crick Crack Club team brought the organisation home to Bristol three years ago, they immediately set up Cinema of the Imagination, a monthly residency at the Cube Microplex. It proved wildly popular, with most shows selling out weeks in advance. The Fabularium‘s programme will feature many of the same performers, bringing the most in-demand storytellers to Bristol’s most accessible spot, at widely accessible prices (most of the events are £4-£7.50 each).
Harry Wiles of TicketSource said “The Fabularium is exactly the kind of thing Bristol should be doing with it’s public spaces in summer”
The Crick Crack Club said: “Our wild haven of fairytale for thinkers and dreamers has delighted people all over the UK – but we’re particularly delighted to bring it home to Bristol. Everyone knows that being told a story is like being told a secret, only better. This is a festival made by us, for everyone. You should all come!”