Kate Norgate: The Crick Crack Club

I’m the Programme Manager at the Crick Crack Club: Promoter and programmer of performance storytelling events across the UK – creating shows, events & festivals focused on international fairytale, folktale, myth & epic.

The Crick Crack Club is a sector leader, re-visioning performance storytelling as a contemporary performance art in the UK for 30 years. Based in Bristol, we programme 65-120 live performances, attracting 8,800-13,500 people, annually – across the UK. We run regular programmes in 3 London & 2 south west venues, curate festivals, commission work, & train & mentor artists. We’re an audience-facing organisation renowned for making strategic interventions into the sector to build sustainability & address need.

Recent projects include: The Propagator Project: establishing storytelling programmes in a circuit of regional venues; The People Who Come: a 3-year cross-arts audience development project in London building cross-over, multicultural, & family audiences, & 2 successive ‘Door in the Hill’ audience development projects at Cranborne Earthouse, exploring strategies to build multicultural, male & new audiences in a rural context. In 2017 we broke The Wellcome Collection’s box office records with our ‘Wild One’s’ Late Spectacular event exploring wild-men in myth & society.

We curate cross-arts festivals focused on international traditional narrative & intangible cultural heritage, and in summer we tour our Fabularium Fairytale Festival – taking our shows to audiences, wherever they may be.