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Three To See 2012: Spoken word

By | Published on Thursday 26 July 2012

Richard Tyrone Jones

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three spoken word shows.

Lucy Ayrton: Lullabies To Make Your Children Cry
Ms Ayrton’s blurb had me at “women in fairy tales are rubbish: always napping and sweeping”. I confess to being vastly irritated by many of these anodyne fictional heroines. But, they weren’t always so passive: once upon a time they got busy seducing, slaying, witching, and tricking. Lucy wants to know what changed things, and in this show will try to work it out.
Lucy Ayrton: Lullabies To Make Your Children Cry, The Banshee Labyrinth, 4-14 Aug, 6.20pm, fpp252. www.lullabiestomakeyourchildrencry.tumblr.com

Liz Lochhead: Making Nothing Happen
Well, if you haven’t heard of Liz Lochhead, there’s something very, very wrong. Though I’ll forgive you if you’re from a very, very long way away from Scotland. And for those of you reading who come from a very, very long way away from Scotland, she is Scotland’s National poet, an accomplished writer and performer. “An inspirational presence in British poetry … a writer who has tirelessly brought poetry to the drama and drama into poetry”, says the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. So why would you want to miss her?
Liz Lochhead: Making Nothing Happen, The Assembly Rooms, 2-26 Aug (not 13), times vary, fpp251.

Richard Tyrone Jones’s Big Heart (pictured)
A ThreeWeeks reviewer once called him “ringmaster of the spoken word”, and Richard is certainly a fixture when it comes to rounding up poets at the Fringe, despite his heart failing just as he was taking over as the Free Fringe’s spoken word director a couple of years back. But he’s “battled back from death’s brink”, and tells the story of just how he did it in this show.
Richard Tyrone Jones’s Big Heart, The Banshee Labyrinth, 4-25 Aug (not 13), 6.00pm, fpp253. www.richardtyronejones.com