SOUNDWOOD & THE FABLE OF ABLE STAIN
A live poem off the page and an improvised musical fable
Blending poetry with politics, the sacred with the mundane, the domestic with the mythic - Join award winning author MAX PORTER with comedian NINA CONTI, and musicians rushes/esp as they create a radical and immersive portrait of our complex and troubled country today.
An ensemble piece with no single author, fused with image, text, improvised sound and storytelling. A response to this country’s social, political, environmental, cultural and emotional state.
Max Porter is an English writer. His first novel, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers won the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. His second novel, Lanny was longlisted for the Booker Prize award and shortlisted for the 2019 Waterstones Book of the Year.
Nina Conti is an actress, comedian and ventriloquist. She has won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film - all without even moving her lips.
rushes/esp is a four piece experimental group. They create original improvised soundscapes drawing on traditions in folk, free jazz, electronic music, minimalism, drone and dub.
Roger Robinson is a writer who has performed worldwide. He is the winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019 and the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020, shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry 2020 and shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize, highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. His latest collection ‘A Portable Paradise’ was a New Statesman book of the year. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. He is an alumnus of The Complete Works and he has toured extensively with the British Council.
Doors 6.30pm | Performance 7.30pm
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Artist image by Henny Beaumont
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