3 The Hard Way
Three the Hard Way – is a name derived from Jamaican DJ culture where male DJs would work together across the dance halls, clubs and stages of Jamaica, bouncing off and responding to each others’ sets in collaboration and competition. The description was subsequently adopted by male dub poets in the UK, led by Linton Kwesi Johnson in the early 80s.
In this new context the form is again re-appropriated – but now for the first time by three female artists, of diverse backgrounds, brought together by the Midlands – an area known for it’s culture, cultures, spoken word and strong women.
Featuring: Alison Dunne, Lydia Towsey and Jean Binta Breeze MBE – tour dates welcome men and women from all backgrounds and ages to explore our times and varying experiences, from the personal to the political.
Each event will be supported by a specially invited local artist and a post show discussion, where audience members will be welcomed to contribute their thoughts and experiences. Some dates are also accompanied by linked workshops, please check the schedule for more details.