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01 2011081020130930Two original story poems from spoken word artists Laura Dockrill and Polar Bear.
In the first of a new series of illustrated poems, spoken word artists Laura Dockrill and Polar Bear tell two very different stories.
'Earwig' written and performed by Laura Dockrill
A darkly modern fairy tale.
When Mrs Budge attempts to squash an earwig, it grows in size until: "He, giant like for a bug, is less of an earwig and more like a thug".
'Homebase' written and performed by Polar Bear
A tale of two teenage friends at a party they'll never forget: "We went to cubs together, snuck into pubs together, dabbled in drugs together and now and then we blend in at uni student parties."
Actors...
Alex Tregear, Daniel Rabin, Peter Polycarpou, Carl Prekopp, Susie Riddell and Jonathan Forbes.
Directed by James Robinson
Verse Illustrated is a brand new series of short story poems by some of the UK's leading spoken word artists, illustrated with sound and music.
Each is narrated by its author, in their own distinctive style.
And each takes us on a very different late night journey.
The result is something between music and drama; a world in which the rhythms of the soundscapes merge with those of the words and the music to create an immersive narrative experience.
Each week two poets are given 7 minutes to tell a story, creating two song length tales that stretch the imagination in distinct ways: Some are funny, some shocking, some tragic and some romantic.
Laura Dockrill
"A poet for the iPod generation." The Independent
A graduate of The Brit School of Performing Arts, Laura was named one of the top ten literary stars of 2008 by The Times.
She's published three books - Mistakes in the Background, Ugly Shy Girl and Echoes.
Polar Bear
"His minimal style and unsettlingly straightforward and blunt lyricism make him shine" Dazed & Confused.
Polarbear is a writer and performer from Birmingham.
His form is influenced by his hip-hop background.
His most recent project is 'Return', a 'spoken word film' that ran last year at the Battersea Arts Centre.
02 2011081720131007In the second of the series of illustrated poems, spoken word artists Luke Wright and Zena Edwards tell two very different stories.
'The Ballad of Chris and Anne's Fish Bar' written and performed by Luke Wright
A tragic love story set in a chip shop: "He'd banter with the customers, as she dipped cod in batter, and though their profits were quite slim, it didn't really matter."
'The Deadline' written and performed by Zena Edwards
A deadline induced journey through an idyllic dream: "The seas shushes its way up and down the shore, pushing and pulling its liquid love along the lip of the yellow-white sands."
Actors - Jonathan Forbes, Susie Riddell and Elaine Claxton
Directed by James Robinson.
In the second of the new series of illustrated poems, spoken word artists Luke Wright and Zena Edwards tell two very different stories.
A tragic love story set in a chip shop: "He'd banter with the customers, as she dipped cod in batter, and though their profits were quite slim, it didn't really matter."
A deadline induced journey through an idyllic dream: "The seas shushes its way up and down the shore, pushing and pulling its liquid love along the lip of the yellow-white sands."
Actors...
Jonathan Forbes, Susie Riddell and Elaine Claxton
Two original story poems from spoken word artists Luke Wright and Zena Edwards.
02The Ballad Of Chris And Anne's Fish Bar; The Deadline2011081720131007In the second of the series of illustrated poems, spoken word artists Luke Wright and Zena Edwards tell two very different stories.
'The Ballad of Chris and Anne's Fish Bar' written and performed by Luke Wright
A tragic love story set in a chip shop: "He'd banter with the customers, as she dipped cod in batter, and though their profits were quite slim, it didn't really matter."
'The Deadline' written and performed by Zena Edwards
A deadline induced journey through an idyllic dream: "The seas shushes its way up and down the shore, pushing and pulling its liquid love along the lip of the yellow-white sands."
Actors - Jonathan Forbes, Susie Riddell and Elaine Claxton
Directed by James Robinson.
03A Valentine At Waterloo; A Hell Of A Week2011082420131014In the third of a series of illustrated poems, spoken word artists Salena Godden and Scroobius Pip tell two very different stories.
'A Valentine at Waterloo' written and performed by Salena Godden
A post-apocalyptic vision of our sexual future: "They have real flying femen, ladybirds and buttflies, cock-a-tails and flick beans, hermaids and mermaids, 8-breasted gooligans, whippers, flippers and strippers to-go-go..."
'A Hell of a Week' written and performed by Scroobius Pip
This should be 'one of the biggest solo spoken word shows ever to be recorded', exclusively for Radio 4. But where exactly is Scroobius Pip...?
Actors - Carl Prekopp, Peter Polycarpou and Jonathan Forbes.
Directed by James Robinson.
In the third of the new series of illustrated poems, spoken word artists Salena Godden and Scroobius Pip tell two very different stories.
A post-apocalyptic vision of our sexual future: "They have real flying femen, ladybirds and buttflies, cock-a-tails and flick beans, hermaids and mermaids, 8-breasted gooligans, whippers, flippers and strippers to-go-go..."
This should be 'one of the biggest solo spoken word shows ever to be recorded', exclusively for Radio 4.
But where exactly is Scroobius Pip...?
Actors...
Carl Prekopp, Peter Polycarpou and Jonathan Forbes.
Two original story poems from spoken word artists Salena Godden and Scroobius Pip.
03A Valentine At Waterloo; A Hell Of A Week2011082420131014In the third of a series of illustrated poems, spoken word artists Salena Godden and Scroobius Pip tell two very different stories.
'A Valentine at Waterloo' written and performed by Salena Godden
A post-apocalyptic vision of our sexual future: "They have real flying femen, ladybirds and buttflies, cock-a-tails and flick beans, hermaids and mermaids, 8-breasted gooligans, whippers, flippers and strippers to-go-go..."
'A Hell of a Week' written and performed by Scroobius Pip
This should be 'one of the biggest solo spoken word shows ever to be recorded', exclusively for Radio 4. But where exactly is Scroobius Pip...?
Actors - Carl Prekopp, Peter Polycarpou and Jonathan Forbes.
Directed by James Robinson.
04 LAST 20110831 In the last in the series of illustrated poems, spoken word artists Inua Ellams and Ross Sutherland tell two very different stories.
'The Ballad of Abdul Hafiz' written and performed by Inua Ellams
An encounter on a bus with a drunk Algerian man, who has a story to tell: "I looked at him intently, at the almost black neckline at dried saliva on his lips, I wished he'd tell me why."
'Parade' written and performed by Ross Sutherland
A hypnotic carnival of the subconscious: "How unreal these buildings now seem.
Their facades thin, like sets of Westerns.
The wind faked with pulleys, the windows painted on.
With LEDs mimicking the reflection of the sun."
Actors...
Peter Polycarpou and Alex Tregear.
Directed by James Robinson
Verse Illustrated is a brand new series of short story poems by some of the UK's leading spoken word artists, illustrated with sound and music.
Each is narrated by its author, in their own distinctive style.
And each takes us on a very different late night journey.
The result is something between music and drama; a world in which the rhythms of the soundscapes merge with those of the words and the music to create an immersive narrative experience.
Each week two poets are given 7 minutes to tell a story, creating two song length tales that stretch the imagination in distinct ways: Some are funny, some shocking, some tragic and some romantic.
Inua Ellams
"Ellams' poetry is smooth enough to melt in the ear, yet packed full of snap, crackle and pop." Time Out
Born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria '1984, Ellams is a spoken word artist with a style influenced as much by Classic literature as it is by hip hop; by Keats as much as MosDef.
His two most recent solo-spoken word shows - 'Untitled' and 'The 14th Tale' - have been critically acclaimed.
Ross Sutherland
"Sutherland is compelling, veering between earnest and flippant, erudite and heartfelt." The Independent
Ross was included in The Times's list of Top Ten Literary Stars of 2008.
He has two collections of poetry: Things To Do Before You Leave Town (2009) and Twelve Nudes (2010).
His one-man poetry/comedy show, The Three Stigmata of Pacman, won rave reviews in Edinburgh last year and is currently on national tour.
Two original story poems from spoken word artists Inua Ellams and Ross Sutherland.
04 LAST 2011083120131021In the last in the series of illustrated poems, spoken word artists Inua Ellams and Ross Sutherland tell two very different stories.
'The Ballad of Abdul Hafiz' written and performed by Inua Ellams
An encounter on a bus with a drunk Algerian man, who has a story to tell: "I looked at him intently, at the almost black neckline at dried saliva on his lips, I wished he'd tell me why."
'Parade' written and performed by Ross Sutherland
A hypnotic carnival of the subconscious: "How unreal these buildings now seem. Their facades thin, like sets of Westerns. The wind faked with pulleys, the windows painted on. With LEDs mimicking the reflection of the sun."
Actors... Peter Polycarpou and Alex Tregear.
Directed by James Robinson
04 LAST 2011083120131021In the last in the series of illustrated poems, spoken word artists Inua Ellams and Ross Sutherland tell two very different stories.
'The Ballad of Abdul Hafiz' written and performed by Inua Ellams
An encounter on a bus with a drunk Algerian man, who has a story to tell: "I looked at him intently, at the almost black neckline at dried saliva on his lips, I wished he'd tell me why."
'Parade' written and performed by Ross Sutherland
A hypnotic carnival of the subconscious: "How unreal these buildings now seem. Their facades thin, like sets of Westerns. The wind faked with pulleys, the windows painted on. With LEDs mimicking the reflection of the sun."
Actors... Peter Polycarpou and Alex Tregear.
Directed by James Robinson

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