Double Bill: Never Worn by Rob Reed & Ric Neale / Simon Armitage's The Dead Sea Poems

Saturday, 30 September, 2017
Mechanics’ Theatre, Wakefield College
Double Bill: Never Worn by Rob Reed & Ric Neale / Simon Armitage's The Dead Sea Poems

Never Worn by Rob Reed and Ric Neale

How can we say what matters? - How can we speak our minds? - How can we make words count? Never Worn tries to question this. Based on Ernest Hemingway's shortest story, a novel in just six words, the very beginning of flash fiction told in song and spoken word by Rob Reed and Ric Neale.

This is almost definitely not true - it is said that many years ago while enjoying lunchtime drinks with some fellow authors, the great Ernest Hemingway challenged the other writers to see who could write a novel in the shortest number of words. Each placed ten dollars in the middle of the table and began scribbling on their napkins…

From trying to find the right words at the right time in an argument, to over thought tweets about politics, to text messages announcing our undying love; the idea of saying a lot, with a little is as old as the written word itself. Never Worn explores this idea using songs, stories and poetry.


Simon Armitage's The Dead Sea Poems: a live sonic commission by One Day, After School

Wakefield musicians One Day, After School present their brand new work; a soundtrack performance of Simon Armitage's seminal poetry collection The Dead Sea Poems. Combining specially composed music with guest performers and poets, the show takes lead from the collection's pre-millenial tension and Armitage's own down to earth interest in the minutiae of life.  

The Dead Sea Poems was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. In 1999 Simon Armitage was named the Millennial Poet. One Day, After School released their debut album in 2017 and are influenced by instrumental artists such as Mogwai, Slint and Brian Eno.

Please note: This event takes place at Mechanics' Theatre, Wood Street, Wakefield.

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Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2TE

Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera House was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1894.