‘This is a strange mood love story,
about Madeleine and Judy,
painted ladies, murder, and a fall
From Vertiginous, premiering at the BFI Southbank, London, Friday 13 July 2018
You don’t have to have seen Hitchcock’s Vertigo to come and see six poets responding to Hitchcock’s powerful, haunting film. In fact, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the iconic film’s release, the British Film Institute are not only hosting the premiere of our show Vertiginous on Friday 13 July, there’s also a special ticket offer to see the poetry performance, and catch the film afterwards.
Or you can just come see the show between 7 and 8 p.m., then hang out with the poets in the BFI bar till late… It would be lovely to see you!
Vertiginous was devised by Simon Barraclough and the show features original Vertigo-inspired work by Mona Arshi, Dzifa Benson, Chris McCabe, Chrissy Williams, Simon Barraclough and myself, all in live performance with accompanying visuals and music. The original music was composed by Oli Barrett and Simon Barraclough.
And if you can’t make that, there’s ‘The Sizzling Shuffle’ on Saturday 28 July at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden, part of the regular Shuffle series. This night is hosted by Chris Beckett and Lynne Hjelmgaard, and I’m delighted to be reading alongside Chrissy Williams for the second time this month, along with Mark Waldron, Anne Berkeley, Declan Ryan, Selina Rodriguez and Adil Hussain.
I’m also over the moon that Nine Arches, UK publisher of my most recent collection Bearings, will be re-issuing my two earlier collections A Fold in the Map and The Tempest Prognosticator – very soon. Just as soon as I get those proofs back to them… ! [On it this weekend, honest, Ed. … !] News will be updated on the Nine Arches website in due course.
Vertiginous, Friday 13 July at the BFI Southbank:
To mark the 60th anniversary of Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock’s intense and disturbing masterpiece of obsession, manipulation and loss, 6 cinephile poets reinterpret the film in performance, with original music, and images.
Vertiginous was devised by Simon Barraclough and the show features Mona Arshi, Dzifa Benson, Isobel Dixon, Chris McCabe, Chrissy Williams and Simon Barraclough in live performance with visuals and music.
Original music by Oli Barrett and Simon Barraclough.
Friday 13 July, 19:00-20:00
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
Blue Room, Upstairs from Ticket Office
How to get to the BFI Southbank.
Tickets available from the BFI Box Office or online here.
£8 for the Vertiginous show alone, or you can buy a joint ticket with the later screening of Vertigo on Fri 13 July (Film starts 20:30 in NFT1 £15, Concessions £12; BFI Members pay £2 less)
With the kind support of the BFI and The Poetry Society and ably assisted by John Canfield.
The Sizzling Shuffle, Saturday 28 July, The Poetry Cafe
Come along to a summer night of poetry in the Shuffle series – hosted by Chris Beckett and Lynne Hjelmgaard, with Isobel Dixon, Chrissy Williams, Mark Waldron and Anne Berkeley, Declan Ryan, Selina Rodriguez and Adil Hussain.
Saturday 29 July, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Poetry Café
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX