From Vikings sagas to Breton myth, and from Sanskrit chants to a radically altered Fifty Shades of Grey – this Autumn audiences across England are in for a treat (and many surprises) as four cutting-edge live literature shows hit the road. Caroline Bergvall: Drift 2-7 Oct After a rapturous reception at the Southbank Centre […]
After a rapturous reception at the Southbank Centre in July, Norwegian sound poet Caroline Bergvall takes her extraordinary and innovative performance piece Driftaround the country from 2nd to 7th October. Joining her for this unique show inspired by sea travel and migration are improv percussionist Ingar Zach and Swiss visual artist Thomas Koppel. The result is a dazzling multilingual and multimedia spectacle that has been described by audiences as “intensely hypnotic “, “breathtaking” and “overwhelming”.
Touring to: Milton Keynes, Bournemouth, Gateshead, London, Liverpool
Claire Trevien’s nautical-inspired poetry collection The Shipwrecked House was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013. Now, with the help of ropes, pulleys and a full-sized spinnaker sail, she has transformed her poems for the stage. What’s more, two specially created scents from perfumer Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays will evoke the rich smell of the sea. In this sparkling one-woman performance, myth and memory combine with the flotsam and jetsam of a childhood spent beach-combing on the coast of Brittany. But outside, a storm rages; and beneath the floorboards, the creaking groans of whales warn of unsettled futures. The Shipwrecked House starts its nine-date tour in London on 21st September.
Touring to: London, Exeter, Norwich, Bristol, Norwich, York, Newcastle, Bridport, Oxford
Schlock! is a radical feminist satire for the cut-and-paste generation. In the grand tradition of literary terrorism, Hannah Silva has ripped up her copy of Fifty Shades of Grey and now, surrounded by the crumpled pages and with the help of radical punk-pirate Kathy Acker, she attempts to put the female body back together. Described by Exeunt Magazine as “Weird and unsettling … authentic and deeply considered”, Schlock! premieres at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival on 8th November but you can catch a sneak preview in London a month earlier.
Touring to: London, Aldeburgh, Birmingham
Completing the roster of language-led performances is The Shroud, written by Siddhartha Bose and performed with Avaes Mohammad. A miniature epic about loss, time and the things that connect us, audiences have described it as “a two-man piece of brilliance” and “a beautiful and moving personal tale told through letters and dreams”. Following early showings in London and Norwich, The Shroud heads to Gateshead on 13th September courtesy of cross-cultural arts curator GemArts.
Touring to: Gateshead