The Voice and the Echo
29 August, 4, 5 & 9 September, 8.00pm
Simon Paisley Day
Please note: this poetry series has now closed.
Much like a modern artist's response to a classical masterpiece, a range of critically-acclaimed contemporary poets including: Carol Ann Duffy, Craig Raine and Peter Oswald, 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
Richard MacKenzie (lute)
With new poems and existing poems by Simone Belcampo, Will Burns, Nick Drake, Paul Farley, John Greening, Alan Jenkins, Zaffar Kunial, Glyn Maxwell, Anne Michaels, Abegail Morley, Paul Muldoon, Sean O’Brien, Peter Oswald, Craig Raine and Jack Underwood.
Friday 4 September, 8.00pm
George Herbert: The Voice and the Echo
Jacqueline Thomas (cello)
With new and exisiting poems by Wendy Cope, John Greening, Lee Harwood, Zaffar Kunial, Michael Longley, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Glyn Maxwell, Daljit Nagra, Grace Nichols, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald, Peter Riley and Vikram Seth.
Saturday 5 September, 8.00pm
William Blake: The Voice and the Echo
Simon Paisley Day
Craig Odgen (guitar)
With new and existing poems by John Agard, Rachael Allen, Moniza Alvi, David Harsent, Zaffar Kunial, Ian McMillan, Anne Michaels, Robert Minhinnick, Sean O’Brien, Deryn Rees-Jones, Carole Satyamurti, Anne Stevenson and George Szirte.
Wednesday 9 September, 8.00pm
Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Voice and the Echo
Gary Ryan (guitar)
With new and existing poems by Fiona Benson, John Burnside, Helen Dunmore, Philip Gross, David Harsent, Zaffar Kunial, Gwyneth Lewis, Toby Martinez de la Rivas, Andrew McMillan, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald, Peter Oswald, Declan Ryan and Anne Stevenson.