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

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It’s been several months since the close of 3THW-Part 2 and now the dust has settled a little we’re in quite a reflective mood. As we plot plans for what we hope will be a third instalment (with some new people and ideas for a broader collective with considerable legacy)  we’re looking back on what we loved about the tour in 2015. Here’s just a fraction of what the audience had to say in each of places we visited – which was quite a lot, but there are pictures…

Leicester,  Upstairs at the Western

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Ambrose Musiyiwa, guesting. 

‘Great show, really inspirational and thought provoking poetry! Keep up the great work!’

‘It was nice to hear each woman’s experiences through their cultural perspectives. Their performance was both inspirational and informative.’

‘Really, really enjoyed the show – it was funny, interesting and emotional. Well done all 3 – hope to see you back on stage again soon!’

‘Absolutely loved the show, you were all amazing! Keep it all up! Some really engaging and inspiring poetry – much appreciated by the English teacher!’

‘Thank you for letting us into your world of words this evening and broadening our horizons! Thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to hearing more in the future.’

*

Leicester, Night of Festivals

‘We’ve had a wonderful evening.’

‘Wow! Have no words … Just amazing.’

‘Like nothing I’ve ever seen before – I was so moved.’

‘A nice blend of different cultures and styles. A very enjoyable experience. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences.’

‘You were all amazing, thank you for sharing your words with us. It was really refreshing to hear different perspectives on the issues covered. I very much enjoyed the evening and good luck for the coming events!’

*

Bilston, Bilston Town Hall

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‘Enjoyable, fun, mind provoking and challenging. Keep it up. Three the hard way JA, Asia and UK. One love.’

‘A very enjoyable night – powerful and thought provoking performance by all 3. Thank you for an inspiring evening.’

‘I must say this has been an eye opening and extremely enjoyable experience. Not something I would have ordinarily sought out but that will change from now on. Fantastic performance by all. Well done!’

‘Incredible. Really inspiring. Keep spreading your passion and words.’

‘Once again an evening of enriched poetry, shared by 3 kindred spirits, journeying different times to this point … yet still the similarities in their stories showed the reality. Thank you Jean, Lydia and Shruti. Dearly best wishes’

*

Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Library.

‘Life affirming, moving, powerful, Thank you so much.’

‘Thought provoking, memories of mocking birds habitat given over to building concrete. The Sanskrit references wonderful and Welsh language and names that could have been; I love it all well done ladies and thank you.’

‘Love the variety between the three, beautiful words, beautiful voices and beautiful singing. Wishing all of you the best. Much love.’

‘Thoroughly enjoyed listening to your stories, how wonderful to see artist across nations, generations, cultures join together in such an inspirational way. Keep doing your ‘stuff’ sharing and inspiring others. Thank you for the experience. Only halfway through and enjoying every minute. I didn’t know what to expect but the words all three of you speak have and will stay with me for a long time. I hope your trio continues for a long time and many more people are able to experience what you have to offer. Keep up the great work.’ ‘Most entertaining and rollercoasting of emotions night ever.’

*

London, Apples and Snakes, The Free Word Centre.

‘First ever spoken word poetry I’ve been to. I am now a fan! Thank you guys!’

‘Lydia – Such effortless versatility! Amazing talent! Jean – hilarious! Shruti – Rising star!’

‘I just wanted to say that I loved the personal experiences shared and can’t wait to hear more’

‘I really enjoyed the performance. It evoked some poignant themes and was well co-ordinated. I also enjoyed the workshop.’

‘Wonderful – together and singular – women of voice and name – of song and history. Inspirational.’

*

Brighton, New Writing South, The Writers Place

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Alice Denny, Guesting

‘Loved it! Loved the overlaps and the inventive ways of blending the poems.’

‘You guys were awesome to watch, funny, interesting, inspiring. Can’t wait to see you guys perform again!’

‘A completely amazing life changing evening. Words with Umami. Thank you’

‘Loved the combination of viewpoints and voices. Excellent workshop – thank you. Greatly, expertly, teasing the words out. Fun as well and so much done in the time. Then your poems. Alice the prelude taking us to unaccustomed places and your different voices – singing, not the same song, nor the same time but together.’

‘Very polished performance and some beautiful poetry.’

*

Manchester Literature Festival/ Contact Theatre

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‘What an inspiring way to give us your poetry – separately, together, overlapping, chorusing, a very good night.’

‘Love the variety between the three, beautiful words, beautiful voices and beautiful singing. Wishing all of you the best. Much love.’

‘Really wonderful show. Beautiful symphony between you three. Confidence, sensitivity and playfulness. Really gorgeous and inspiring. Thanks. Love and all the best for the rest of the tour.’ Shamshad Khan.

‘ACE! So much to it. So much variety. Really starting to love poetry in Manchester.’

*

Birmingham, The Drum

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‘Blessed is this performance that we have enjoyed so much – to hear the history of England and the rest of the world.’

‘Amazing show today. It was very expressive, serious, political and personal. You guys correlate very well with each other and I hope you share more of your wisdom and poetry nationally. Well done!!! ‘

‘It was an amazing show, it was the first time I have been to a poetry show, but I know I will be coming again. Thank you.’

‘This was my first time experiencing what you ladies expressed today. Not really knowing what to expect, I am feeling very overwhelmed. It has inspired me to get creative. I truly support your movement. God Bless!’

‘Well done. I really enjoyed it. I was the loudest person in the audience clapping and laughing.’

*

Northampton, The Guildhall

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‘Was fantastic connecting particularly with the Caribbean roots. The stories were powerfully put across all the continents – our stories are not at all dissimilar – just expressed differently. Thoroughly enjoyed the event – keep it up!’Judith Glashen, Chair, NHFT BME Network

‘My name is Jamie. I would like to say that I am impressed by the dedication, consideration, love and general desire to inspire the hearts of people to do well and educate themselves. I have got from this experience a feeling that everyone wanted to help one another. This was a truly great experience. The intention and the actual work is a great help to people and offers hope. When you give all you can then it shows genuine love.’

‘I came to see the place for the first time and I enjoyed myself so much.’

‘Loved the Caribbean poet – wonderful accent. ‘Blood clat’. Loved the Gujarati poet – Kaka, fua, mami, masi. Loved the Welsh poet – ‘I never said I could sing’

‘Thoroughly enjoyed listening to your stories, how wonderful to see artist across nations, generations, cultures join together in such an inspirational way. Keep doing your ‘stuff’ sharing and inspiring others. Thank you for the experience. Only halfway through and enjoying every minute. I didn’t know what to expect but the words all three of you speak have and will stay with me for a long time. I hope your trio continues for a long time and many more people are able to experience what you have to offer. Keep up the great work.’

*

Loughborough, LU Arts.

Loughborough Beth Hartshorne

‘Well done to the trio. There was a relationship and harmony and flow and attraction to every single one of your performances. You guys have worked really hard and thank you for doing something different and special.’

A nice blend of different cultures and styles. A very enjoyable experience. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences.’

‘This is a great show – really enjoying myself. A unique mix of voices, styles and sounds – lots of smiles and moments to reflect. Great to see so many people around loving the show too. P.S. I used to teach Shruti A level English Lit. PPS update Just heard 2nd half – structure is fantastic. A real political punch!’

‘What beautiful wordsmiths you are! Warm, witty and very clever! Thank you for coming to Loughborough!’

‘I had a great time and your workshop activities helped me to think about writing in a different way. It is so easy to overthink writing and the exercises are definitely ones I’ll use in the future.’

 

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