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Double Bill: John Agard / Annika Brown

Pushkin's Half Hour by John Agard

The Devil's Storybook Experience by Annika Brown

Date: Tuesday 26 June 

Time: 7.45pm

Venue: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

Tickets: £8.00 advance / £10.00 door

Pushkin's Half Hour

Caribbean-British poet John Agard as you've never seen him before. Join him in this entertaining satirical homage to Pushkin's verse novel, Eugene Onegin. A whirlwind spin in which he plays all the parts, not just Pushkin and his alter ego Onegin, but love interest Tatyana and the old nursemaid Filipevna! With live incidental music by Sophia Poznansky and a Russian musical intro by Pam Hewitt.

"Agard subverts and invents with a poet's deftness" (Times Educational Supplement)

"... an outstanding luminary of the exploding galaxyof West Indian-British troubadours, hilarious and moving by turns, with sharply satiric intelligence" (Michael Horovitz)

The Devil's Storybook Experience

Singer/songwriter and cabaret artist Annika Brown takes us on a lyrical journey through hell and back. Be entertained by a wicked sequence of extracts from her 4 star reviewed show, featuring original edgy songs interlinked with snippets of John Agard’s devilish poetry. Annika Brown (guitar & voice) will be accompanied by Tom Evans (accordion).

“Very evocative.” (Phil Jackson, BBC South)

"Very thought provoking ... Annika Brown has hit on something special" (Sascha Cooper)

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Written & performed by Maggie Sawkins

Directed by Mark C. Hewitt

with video sequences by Abigail Norris

Date: Tuesday 17th July

Time: 7:45pm - with aftershow Q&A (details below)

Venue: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

“I want to understand what drove my daughter out into the snow with no coat or socks in search of a fix.”     

Zones of Avoidance is an award-winning multimedia production which explores a mother's quest to understand her daughter's descent into addiction. At the heart of the story is 'Sunny Girl' whose substance misuse triggers schizophrenia, with devastating consequences.

Fusing the real life testimonies of addicts in recovery with vivid language and evocative film, Zones of Avoidance gives a powerfully moving account of a mother caught up in the drama of her daughter’s addiction, taking her to a place of  ‘tough love’ … and then beyond.

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“This is an ambitious multimedia presentation using film, voices and sound, which works exceptionally well. It is a challenging, painfully open account of a daughter’s addiction, yet it’s an account which also offers graceful good humour. Beautifully written and uncompromising, it’s a modern story that we felt the writer was compelled to tell; it acts as a vivid witness of harsh experiences which aren’t often described in poetry, and Maggie Sawkins’ illuminating descriptions will prove helpful for others to hear.”

Denise Riley (speaking on behalf of the judges, following the announcement of Zones of Avoidance as winner of The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, March 2014)

"I’ve never been so effected by a poetry performance as I was during this one. It was so beautifully haunting, honest and devastating – I hung on every word, image and sound ..."  (Audience feedback)

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Aftershow Q&A

A special aftershow Q&A panel will include Norman Baker (the former Lewes MP, who has spoken in favour of reforming drug policy), Professor Aldo Badiani (Director, Sussex Addiction Research & Intervention Centre), Dr Richard Whale (Principal Lecturer at Brighton & Sussex Medical School and a senior Psychiatrist at Sussex Partnership with a special interest in biological models of illness), Rose Humphries (activist with Anyone’s Child charity, an international network of families campaigning for safer drug control), writer Maggie Sawkins and addicts in recovery who have been involved with the production.

Tickets: £10.00 advance / £12 door

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'Tragedy and the English ...'

Howard Barker in conversation

Date: Wednesday 18 July

Time: 7:45pm 

Duration: 60 minutes 

Venue: All Saints Centre 

Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

Tickets: £10.00 advance / £12.00 door

"Tragedy liberates language from banality."

The uncompromising playwright, poet, essayist and artist, Howard Barker, in conversation with LLL’s Artistic Director Mark Hewitt, discusses his journey and development as an artist, his theories of theatre and his bête noires. 

Lives of the Artists #4. A series of events in which locally based writers and artists talk about how and why they ended up doing what they do in the way that they do it. 

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