One Afternoon poetry cafe-December 13th at the Rendezvous Cafe

Graham explaining about modern day Tarzan

Graham explaining about modern day Tarzan

One the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…an awesome poetry cafe! We have now found our permanent home at the Rendezvous Cafe, 8 Union St, Andover, SP10 1PA.

We will be starting at 1.30pm on Saturday 13th December with our new guest MC Damien O’Vitch. Open mic either email us here at bigupwords@gmail.com or tell us on Facebook or turn up on the day.

Our guests are going to be Graham Brown, an exceptional poet who has heart stopping, poignant poems and breath taking funny poems. We also have our first poetry show, with Bryn Strudwick and Brenda.

There will be tea, cake, a book tombola and a chance to browse our Travelling Bookstall for last minute presents.

After wards we will be having a small writers workshop and explaining how Sally Startup will be holding workshops at the Poetry cafe in January.

See you there..

Click here to see Bryn Strudwick Diamond Jubilee show

Roy Chatfield, Cat Randle, Bryn Strudwick, Marion Chatfield, John Secluna

Roy Chatfield, Cat Randle, Bryn Strudwick, Marion Chatfield, John Secluna

Congratulations Proteus

We all know that theatre, like other arts, is struggling with local authority cuts.  However, it is not all unrelieved gloom.

A good news story near home is the opening of Proteus Creation space in Basingstoke. Fifteen years ago, the company was in the last chance saloon after misguided attempt to bring cutting edge European drama to Hampshire lost it both its core audience and Arts council funding. Two gifted artistic directors, Mark Helyar and his successor Mary Swan, reconnected Proteus to its community and made it a touring company with a national reputation.

Proteus has taken the next step and given itself a bricks and mortar base in Council Road. Aside from offices and rehearsal rooms, it has a performance space, workshop rooms and a cafe.

Mary told me the aim is to gradually build up a programme of workshops, screenings and performances in the Space. One of the first performances is by Bryn Strudwick, who featured as Dr Nelson in Big Up Words Play-in-a-day. He is presenting an evening of performance and reminiscence on 8 November.