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More Poetry in Titchfield

May 10, 2013

“The Darling Buds of Titchfield” on Monday proved to be a pleasingly relaxed and informal occasion, that allowed me and the two other poets present – Carrie Aaron and Jean Pape – to share our work with a minimum of restrictions or competitive pressure. Jean, the last to be added to the line up, proved a very willing and able reader of her poems, and proved herself a rather more substantial poet than I suspect she realises. Carrie and I also read poems of our own, and were both thrilled to hear our words delivered by actors from TFT – Kevin Fraser himself and Frankie Patterson. That added a new dimension to the work and suggests a wealth of possibilities for future performances. Shakespeare might have cornered the market in poetic drama but an individual poem can have more than one “voice” or character in it, and the thought of their being represented by the voices of different performers is exciting and inspiring.

We hope to fully incorporate poetry into TFT’s already prodigious creative output, with events which may appear regularly to welcome and say farewell to its annual ShakespeareFestival – further celebrating our national poet by providing a splendid platform for modern practitioners of the art

If we’re fortunate and lucky with the weather then TFT’s next poetry event could take place in the magnificent setting of Titchfield’s historic Great Barn, with poems performed by individual poets or actors, or with a supporting cast as appropriate. The aim would be to create an exciting performance with poetry at its heart. Ensuring that such a show would be interesting, varied and entertaining enough to attract a sufficient audience and do justice to all poets involved will take considerable thought and preparation, so any poet who would like to see their work represented should start thinking about how they might contribute, perhaps make some initial contact through this blog, and keep an eye out for future announcements.

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