A brand new UK tour of poetry & performance – from Lydia Towsey, Shruti Chauhan and Jean Binta Breeze MBE

Lovely Lincoln

Lincoln welcomed us with open arms, or specifically a nice sandwich and the open doors of BBC Radio Lincoln where we were interviewed by Rob Underwood about the show.

I forget what a beautiful city Lincoln is, I haven’t been there since last Lincoln Inspired where I ran a writing workshop for Writing East Midlands at the Drill Hall. That time I was lucky enough to get a look at Grayson Perry’s amazing pots in the art gallery. It made me wish I had more time to look around, poke in the interesting shops and see everything.

Lincoln Drill Hall is a great venue and we were in the room upstairs, a small studio. We were warned that Inspired was getting smallish audiences and although our audience was on the bijou side, people clearly enjoyed themselves and were very responsive to the work. We feel we’ve polished the set now and are confident with it and our audience laughed in all the right places and did the right sharp intakes of breath.

We had a short Q&A at the end, which in this case was a series of ‘observations’ which were fascinating. A very interesting audience member brought up ideas of feminism and representation and observed that we had brought very different women’s voices together as ‘women’s experience’. Another audience member told us his observation, that he could name every capital city in the country. We tested him with a couple and he passed!

We ended the evening with a lively conversation in the Dog and Bone with some of our audience members.

We enjoyed it and the audience enjoyed it. I think that’s a success.

Alison Dunne – ivoryfishbone.wordpress.com


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