Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Playerist Poets Live // March 14 // Poetry Cafe



Illustration by Chris Sav (exclusive commission for PPL).


Playerist
 performance collective returns to the Poetry Cafe on Friday March 14 for a very special night indeed. Doors open at 7.30pm from when guests will be treated to the ethereal folk music of the immensely talented singer-songwriter Skopje. The cafe is open all afternoon so why not arrive early and relax with the scrumptious food and drink on offer. This comfy and cosy venue is centrally located, in the heart of Covent Garden, but tucked-away so check the map. For literary lovers there are shelves of magazines for browsing, with the guarantee of no loud pop muzak.




Actor and writer Tara Newton-Wordsworth.


The project’s patron Jillian Miller kicks-off proceedings once more, in her uncommonly effervescent manner, with a brilliant performance of an infamous spouse-to-spouse rant. The wide-ranging topic ‘Relationships’ offers something for everyone to enjoy, laugh at, laugh with and reflect upon. Jillian will then introduce the very gifted artist and poet Chris Sav who dishes out another of his quirky tales, on this occasion concerning a not-so-romantic dinner date. Another Chris: Chris Silver, will read his matchingly quirky rhymes. Mr Silver is a Vauxhall-based film-maker who recently released an independent spine-chiller Inside Shadows to rave reviews. Actor and lover of poetry Jean Apps offers her personal selection of works. And fellow thespian Denis Quilligan will perform his self-penned and excruciatingly rib-tickling monologues. Sarah Rayner returns to ‘Playerist’ with her brutally hilarious takes on love and life, as does up-and-coming writer Sean Wai Keung who previously offered his superb stanzas on coffee shop ethics. The delightful Tara Newton-Wordsworth, fresh from London’s longest-running sketch show ‘NewsRevue’, completes the first half with one of her brilliant ballads.


Melissa James photographed by Mark Guthrie.


Drinks are allowed in the performance space for the second set but that won’t dampen the feisty and fearless feminist commentator Piroska Markus. The running-order repeats with all players voicing vociferous variations on the theme. This time around, Chris Sav will take-up his guitar and, wordsworth by name and nature, Tara will narrate her own lines. By no means least comes the musical poetry of the sensational vocal artiste Melissa James, with live accompaniment from musician and composer Tom Gamble. It’s a rare opportunity to sit back and listen to this fantastic singer in the most intimate of surrounds. The licensed cafe is then available for a remaining hour of socialising between friends old and new.

I again have the honour of introducing these tremendously talented acts (doubtlessly interspersed with one or two items by myself and others) for what promises to be an unforgettable evening. At only £3 on the door it’s incredibly great value, a wonderful start to the weekend, right in the centre of everything – exactly where ‘Playerist’ loves to be.

– Martin Slidel



Artwork and photography by Hutch.


The print edition ‘Playerist 3’ is available for purchase on the night. It may also be ordered online via the Facebook page which represents a growing community of artists and writers. The Event page provides all updates.


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