Caribbean/ Cariad/ Gujarati/ Songs
Join three powerful poets: Jean Binta Breeze MBE, Lydia Towsey and Shruti Chauhan – for the launch of this brand new touring work.
Three the Hard Way derives from Jamaican culture where male DJs would respond to each others’ sets in collaboration & competition. The idea was adopted by UK male dub poets, led by Linton Kwesi Johnson in the 80s. Following a sell out at Upstairs at the Western and a rave-reviewed UK tour in 2014, a stand alone ‘Part Two’ will once again re-appropriate this format, exploring contemporary women’s issues and culture – now across three continents, Africa, Asia & Europe – and three generations.
From Lydia Towsey’s: ‘I devour the map of my grandmother’s country/utter its street names, recite its parks’ to Shruti Chauhan: ‘People ask about the words/that make up my language;/not words, I say -/they are worlds’ to Jean Binta Breeze’s fusion of Leicester and Jamaican colloquial language: ‘I know mi duck, I know.’
Together they will sing of sisterhood and connections that cross continents, age and gender, reflecting on the pain and the joy and giving voice to the many moments inbetween.
The event welcomes an audience of men and women to explore our times – from the personal to the political. Supported by Arts Council England; in association with Writing East Midlands and Apples and Snakes.
This show is also part of Everybody’s Reading 2015.
Praise for Three the Hard Way – Part One in Reviews
(image Jayne Brook)
Brilliant chemistry ... sit back and let the lyrics (not just words) wash over you.
The Public Reviews
For hard hitting political poetry, look no further
Peter Flack, Chair of Everybody's Reading Festival
Having seen this show I can actually, genuinely, honestly sing it's praises and say "hey you, you should go see this."
Nathan Human, KLiC Theatre, Producer