The festival is usually a bi-annual event, falling on the 'odd' years, this year's one was a 'special' additional event which of course meant that yours truly had to put a little bit of effort in to get the evening organised, put the line up together and sort out the timings and running order etc. as well as the normal liason with the Gordon Craig Theatre, the Arts Festival Comittee etc. etc.I assure you that it's not as easy as it may seem and that it takes up a fair amount of time and effort to get it 'Right on the Night!' one also has to keep fingers toes and any other parts 'crossed' in hopeful expectation of an audience!
I 'Kicked off' the evening with the usual preamble, welcomes (We had the deputy Mayor of Stevenage + Consort along with a senior member of the Arts Festival team among the audience), introductions and a short set of my own.
|Your truly gets the evening off to a flying start!|
First to grace our bards stage this year (After me) was the (Now quite famous) published author and poet J S Watts with her excellent poetic tales including some futuristic and dark robotic stories.
|J S Watts|
|Ms Julie Shaw|
|Purple Dread (Joy T Chance)|
Chris has never ever shied away from contoversy, he tells it like it is, this is one of the many factors that has made him such a succesful performance poet, especialy among rock and festival audiences for so many years.
It was no surprise then that on this night of course he centered on Africa, politics and such personal heartfelt issues, feauring The Blood Sisters on a the backing track for "The Drum Now Beats For Africa" it was such a personal and emotianal delivery that it not only worked but had the audience captivated and thinking! Throwing in the humorous poem about the blow up doll in the council lorry was an act of genius that balanced the set to perfection.
|Nick, Howdydodat Burns!|
Well, that was a damn fine splendid evening so my thanks go out to all who performed, our audience for just being there and supporting us, to the staff at the GCT for a fine job on the door, the room and the bar, to the Stevenage Festival Committee for having us, here's to the next one!
|Thank you and goodnight.|