Shoreham Wordfest 2017


Shoreham Wordfest: Modernism, writing a new world

The annual celebration of words that is Shoreham Wordfest is upon us once again – ‘A great feast of readings, talks, walks, song and fun’. Here is a taste of what’s in store…

Wednesday 4 October
Button Pressed Productions present: The Teen People
A play by Simon Messingham and Mark Gatiss
8pm Ropetackle Arts Centre £10
The year is 1974. Welcome to your future. Strikes, power cuts and Terry Jacks at Number One are the least of our worries. There are threats from beyond this Earth and our only line of defence is the TEEN People. John, Jenny and Tizer:  three teenagers with super space powers, defending our island from those who seek to upset us.
First performed in 1990, Simon Messingham and Mark Gatiss’s play about 1970s children’s television toured successfully for four years but has never been seen since. Now, in a new ‘Brexit and Trump’ world order, its mix of daft physical comedy and devastating political satire is back. Never has England needed the TEEN People more. Thanks to Button Pressed Productions: SIGNAL IS ON!

Friday 6 October
Chopping Chillies Clair Whitehead
8pm West Street Loft £10Written and performed by Clair Whitefield, Directed by Olivier award winning Guy Masterson
Chopping Chillies is a mystical tale of love, loss and soul-food told throughpoetry, storytelling and spoken word.  Journeying from a kitchen in south India to a cobbler’s shop in Camden Town, this heartwarming solo show, features a line-up of exotic misfits, whose lives intertwine in surprising and unexpected ways.
Chopping Chillies tells the tale of Ajna Jan, a martial artist from Kerala, who inherits hisuncle’s cobbler’s shop in Camden Town and his unlikely friendship with Katie, a young woman who runs the Indian street food café next door and how this relationship changes both their lives.
” A delicious, appetising, spicy feast of a show!” (Edinburgh Guide, 2016)

Chopping Chillies

Saturday 7 October
NEMO: a dramatic presentation of Jules Verne’s most famous novel by Mady Mantelin
In French and English, with original music by Pierre Naffah
7.30pm West Street Loft £10
Following the outstanding success at last year’s Wordfest, Parisian actress Mady Mantelin presents a dramatic interpretation of Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.  Based on the mysterious and fascinating character of Captain Nemo, with music specially composed for this show, the audience is taken on an exceptional journey.
A chance to rediscover an author who Margaret Drabble hailed as anticipating the ecology movement and shaped the French avant-garde.  “Mady Mantelin aims to bring the true essence of the novel by the sheer power of her presence and immense talent. “Jacques Salome

Sunday 8 October 
Excavating Family Secrets: Gareth Brookes and S.V. Berlin
5pm Ropetackle Arts Centre £6
Two exciting new writers explore the influences and inspirations of their very different books:
Gareth Brookes’ A Thousand Coloured Castles realises the suburban dreams and nightmares of a retired couple in an extraordinary graphic novel about marital deafness, physical degeneration and strange goings-on next door.  Crayoned delusion meets banal reality with wit and empathy.
S.V. Berlin’s The Favourite is a novel set in a small coastal town, rich with insightful and wickedly comic observations of family members behaving badly in stressful situations – sibling rivalries, a parent torn between the two, and a grieving process that takes time to unfold.

Tuesday 10 October 
Sussex Literary Landscapes: Geoff Mead
7.30pm Ropetackle Arts Centre £8
Sussex Literary Landscapes traces some of the sources of landscape history through works as diverse as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Daniel Defoe and Brighton Rock; using prose and poetry, reports and diaries, linked to images of the county. Geoff will give an informative and entertaining talk, illustrated with images of Sussex and the literature it has inspired.

Sussex Hay Bales by Malcolm Hardy

Saturday 14 October
Michael Morpurgo’s Why the Whales Came: Children’s Theatre
2pm Ropetackle Arts Centre £12 adult and child, £5 extra child

© Helen Murray, Why The Wales Came

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