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