Using just his voice and a Roland TD-4KP electronic drumkit, award-winning poet Antosh Wojcik explores the effects of dementia on speech, memory and family in his debut work for theatre, How to Keep Time.
Subtitled A Drum Solo for Dementia, the 60-minute show is a mesmeric display of drumming and spoken word in which poems become beats and beats become glitches in time. Reading-born Antosh, 26, tells the moving story of his Polish grandfather’s struggle against Alzheimer’s and the effect it had on the people around him. “I want to de-stigmatise dementia and give it a human voice,” he says. “By combining spoken word with music I want to unlock some critical questions about memory and language. What happens when memories disappear? Where do they go and can we get them back? Can I use my drums to communicate with my grandfather?”
How to Keep Time will be presented at Summerhall as part of their 2018 Fringe programme, with previews starting 1st August. Early versions have been performed at Camden People’s Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall, Roundhouse and Verve Poetry Festival. Verve’s co-director Stuart Bartholomew dubbed the show “moving, entertaining and uplifting”, while Maria Parsons of the Creative Dementia Arts Network has praised Antosh’s “terrific use of drumming as a bridge for language in dementia”. Producer Tom Chivers of literary arts company Penned in the Margins says, “I am delighted to be showcasing a fresh, exciting spoken word talent in Antosh Wojcik at a venue rightly celebrated for supporting experimental performance and generating dialogue between medical science and the performing arts.”
Antosh Wojcik was a resident artist at the Roundhouse and is a member of poetry collectives Kid Glove and Burn After Reading. He has performed at festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and Bestival. Twitter @antoshwojcik
Penned in the Margins is an award-winning independent publisher and literary arts producer. Their pioneering productions include Kalagora (2011) and No Dogs, No Indians (2017) by Siddhartha Bose, the medieval re-imagining Fair Field (2017) and solo shows by Hannah Silva and Ross Sutherland. Twitter @PennedintheM
Antosh Wojcik & Penned in the Margins
HOW TO KEEP TIME: A DRUM SOLO FOR DEMENTIA
1 - 26 August*
10.15 am (60 mins)
£10 (£8 concessions; £6 previews)
* Excludes 13 & 20 August; previews 1-2 August.
Venue: 26 Summerhall
1 Summerhall Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Summerhall Box Office: 0131 560 1581
Fringe Box Office: 0131 226 0000
Press contact: Tom Chivers 07729 887 236