Milk Poetry is a grass roots poetry night which has gradually grown to be a well-loved part of the Bristol scene over the past year, offering a friendly and accessible night to poets and non-poets alike. Their home, every third Monday of the month, is Halo on Gloucester Road but this month they are taking Milk on the road, over the river to the Tobacco Factory Theatres on the 20th April.
There’s always a triumph in bringing poetry to a theatre space, even more so when the venue is as well respected and recognised as the Tobacco Factory, with its sterling reputation for original in-house productions and supporting emerging artists.
The line-up is brilliantly eclectic and features Professor of Whimsy, Robert Garnham whose debut book Nice was published by Burning Eye at the end of 2015 to great success. Robert is a wickedly surreal writer, genuinely hilarious with an eye for nuance and detail in his performance. He brings shades of Tim Key and John Hegley whist remaining a total original. He has performed all over the UK from the Edinburgh Fringe to London Gay Pride. With Robert’s unique penchant for dramatic comedy and his comic timing down to a tee you’re always in safe hands. He is professionally ridiculous and we love it.
Our next featured performer is the incredible Cecilia Knapp. A performer to watch, Cecilia is a true rising star of the UK poetry world. Her first theatre show Finding Home is a beautiful piece produced with the Roundhouse and directed by Stef O’Driscoll (Kate Tempest’s Hopelessly Devoted) with music from Chris Redmond of Tounge Fu, will be touring in late 2016. Cecilia crafts stories of growing up, mental health and the city. She was recently commissioned by the BBC to write a piece for their “Women Who Spit” series which is currently streaming on BBC iPlayer. She is a bold and honest writer, a workshop facilitator and an ambassador for mental health charity C.A.L.M, championing writing as a means of self-help. She is a force to be reckoned with and a thrill to watch.
Our head line performer is Dean Atta, a powerful, engaging poet who has been a huge impact on pushing Spoken Word towards the mainstream. His piece I Am Nobody’s Nigger written in response to the murder of Stephen Lawrence, reached a wide audience through twitter, YouTube and Facebook in 2012 and elevated him as an exciting and socially conscious young voice in an emerging scene. Since then he has gone from strength to strength, having been featured on the Independent’s Pink List as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK, performing at literary festivals around the world, recently being a featured reader at Keats House. His words are rich, gorgeous and memorable; Dean has a way of talking about the political and personal with the same conviction and care. He’s a star and we are so happy that he is able to come and perform for us.
There will also be a chance to see some emerging performers on the Bristol scene battle it out with a haiku death match and a next lines round, challenging them and the audience on their poetry knowledge!
All this for only £7, a real bargain for the quality of performers and you can rest assured all proceeds will go directly to the artists involved. What could be better?
Wednesday 20th April, 7.30pm at Tobacco Factory Theatres. Hopefully see you there!
https://www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/shows/milk-poetry/ or 0117 902 0344
Post by Malaika Kegode.