Po­ets take stage for dou­ble bill

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

PO­ETRY in­spired by Pink Floyd and Dy­lan Thomas take cen­tre stage at a one off event in Mac­cles­field on Satur­day.

Un­der Silk Wood will be per­formed by po­ets Jo Bell and Ailsa Hol­land and fea­tures live cello ac­com­pa­ni­ment by Lili Hol­land-Fricke.

A huge hit at the Barn­aby Fes­ti­val the pro­duc­tion is a cheeky yet af­fec­tion­ate love let­ter to Mac­cles­field.

In­spired by the tongue-twist­ing style of Dy­lan Thomas’ Un­der Milk Wood, in the cen­te­nary year of his birth, it fol­lows a va­ri­ety of unique char­ac­ters rang­ing from volup­tuous town se­duc­tress Mrs Cup­cake and zen Mr Cof­fin to tragic tear­away Nick the Nee­dle, ob­serv­ing their daily in­ter­ac­tions, hopes and dreams with a wry sense of hu­mour.

Un­der Silk Wood will be per­formed at St Michael’s Church at 7pm.Jo Bell is a for­mer Cheshire Poet Lau­re­ate and Canal Lau­re­ate 2014. Ailsa Hol­land is founder of Moor­maid Press and Poet in Res­i­dence at Tegg’s Nose Coun­try Park 2014.

The sec­ond event tak­ing place on Satur­day is Po­ems from the Dark Side, a con­cept piece cre­ated for the Bux­ton Po­etry Fringe by po­ets Mark Rawl­ins and Howard Beau­mont.

In­spired by the leg­endary Pink Floyd al­bum Dark Side of the Moon, it in­cludes a se­lec­tion of hard-hit­ting per­for­mance po­etry us­ing the struc­ture of the al­bum as a frame­work to ex­plore many of the same dark themes, in­clud­ing money, home­less­ness, war and in­san­ity.

In­tense, thought­pro­vok­ing and oc­ca­sion­ally po­lit­i­cal, the po­ems cover ev­ery­thing from our treat­ment of vet­er­ans to midlife crises.

They will be un­leash­ing their ma­te­rial in the at­mo­spheric King Ed­ward Street Chapel at 9pm.

Tick­ets are £6 for Un­der Silk Wood and £4 for Po­ems from the Dark Side, or £8 for a joint ticket.

They can be pur­chased at the Mac­cles­field Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre in the Town Hall, or on­line at www. en­tropy­events.com

Au­di­ences were given a sneak pre­view of the per­for­mances dur­ing Trea­cle Mar­ket at the week­end, when Ailsa and Howard en­ter­tained crowds with ex­cerpts in front of the Town Hall.

Ant Mul­ryan

●» Un­der Silk Wood will be per­formed by po­ets Jo Bell(left) and Ailsa Hol­land (right) and fea­tures live cello ac­com­pa­ni­ment by Lili Hol­land-Fricke.

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