So pleased to be part of this exciting upcoming season….
Much like a modern artist’s response to a classical masterpiece, a range of critically-acclaimed contemporary poets including Carol Ann Duffy, Craig Raine, Peter Oswald and Jackie Kay, will be inspired by some of England’s most beloved wordsmiths, before responding with new and celebrated works of their own. Actors and musicians will bring both the traditional canon and the contemporary replies to life.
Following the success of last year’s Winter’s Tales, in which actors read aloud stirring short stories under the glorious candlelight of the Playhouse, this series brings a melting pot of classic and contemporary poetry to the stage in what is bound to be a memorable and evocative evening.
Saturday 29 August, 8.00pm
John Donne: The Voice and the Echo
With new poems and existing poems by Will Burns, Paul Farley, Zaffar Kunial, Glyn Maxwell, Anne Michaels, Abegail Morley, Sean O’Brien, Craig Raine and Jack Underwood.
Friday 4 September, 8.00pm
George Herbert: The Voice and the Echo
With new and published poems by Wendy Cope, Lee Harwood, Michael Longley, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Daljit Nagra, Grace Nichols, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald and Vikram Seth.
Saturday 5 September, 8.00pm
William Blake: The Voice and the Echo
With new and existing poems by John Agard, Rachael Allen, Moniza Alvi, David Harsent, Anne Michaels, Sean O’Brien, Carole Satyamurti and Anne Stevenson.
Wednesday 9 September, 8.00pm
Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Voice and the Echo
With new and existing poems by Fiona Benson, John Burnside, Helen Dunmore, David Harsent, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Glyn Maxwell, Andrew McMillan, Sean O’Brien, Peter Oswald, Declan Ryan and Anne Stevenson.
This series will also include new pieces by:
Carol Ann Duffy