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Double Bill: John Agard/Annika Brown

All Saint's Centre, Friar's Walk, Lewes

John Agard Pushkin's Half Hour Caribbean-British poet John Agard as you've never seen him before. Join him on a whirlwind spin through Pushkin's verse novel, Eugene Onegin; a satirical homage in which he plays all the parts. Not just Pushkin and his alter-ego Onegin, but love interest Tatyana and the old nursemaid Filipevna!

"hilarious and moving by turns, with sharply satiric intelligence" (Michael Horovitz)

Annika Brown The Devil's Storybook Experience Cabaret artist & songwriter Annika Brown takes us on a lyrical journey through hell and back. Be entertained by a wicked swquence of extracts from her 4 star reviewed show, featuring (mostly) original edgy songs interlinked with snippets of John Agard's devilish poetry. She will be accompanied by Tom Evans (accordion).


Hospital Radio Crawley live Session

The Devil's Storybook Experience

Printer's Playhouse, 49A Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TX

A musical journey through hell and back again. Be entertained, seduced and moved.

A show, half cabaret and half play, blending (mostly) original music by singer/songwriter Annika Brown and poems from “From the Devil’s Pulpit” by John Agard.

Expect a hell of a ride.

Downstairs, free

The Devil's Storybook Experience (Album Release Party)

Rialto Theatre, 11 Dyke Road, Brighton

To celebrate the long awaited release of "The Devil's Storybook" you'll be treated to an audience with the Devil.

“I’m always in touch with my demons; you never know when their assistance is needed.” Efrat Cybulkiewicz

Get in touch with your inner demon - dressing up welcome but optional - and let yourself be thrilled! It’s time to celebrate the dark side, the shadow - so that the world might not need to become a stage for it. It’s also time to launch “The Devil’s Storybook”, which will be presented to you by the Devil herself.

You’re in for a unique experience: a musical journey through hell and back again. (Your ears will be in heaven, though.) Expect to be unsettled, seduced and moved. 
Somewhere between cabaret and a play you will meet the devil, wrapped up in music and a selection of entertaining poems from John Agard’s “From the Devil’s Pulpit”.

A sympathetic portrait of him, who is “part of the power which would/ the evil ever do/ And ever does the good.” (Goethe, Faust)

The devil doesn’t only have all the good tunes, but is also throwing in a complimentary drink, free fiendish snacks, a costume competition, and there’ll be a diabolic cocktail menu available at the bar. The devil is also planning a few surprises, but would not tell us at the time this was written.

John Agard

A unique and energetic force in contemporary British poetry, John Agard's poems combine acute social observation, puckish wit and a riotous imagination to thrilling effect. In 2012, he was selected for the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

The Devil

An archetypal figure whose lineage reaches back into antiquity. Mostly not as black as he’s/she’s painted.

“This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine.” - William Shakespeare

“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.” - Oscar Wilde

“Don’t you know there ain’t no devil, it’s just god when he’s drunk” - Tom Waits

The Road to Hell (Is Paved with Good Tunes)

Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Rd,, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4PG

A musical journey through hell and back again. Be entertained, seduced and moved.

A show, half way between cabaret and a play, blending (mostly) original music by Annika Brown and poems from “From the Devil’s Pulpit” by John Agard.

Expect a hell of a ride.


Uckfield Festival

A Date with the Devil

All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes BN7 2LE

A Date with the Devil - (Charity Event)

"I am always in touch with my demons: you never know when their assistence is needed." Efrat Cybulkiewicz

And this is why I felt the need for this event - for one night let's meet the devil, have fun and do something positive to help battle some of the grim and truly awful things in the world.

"A Date with the Devil" is a charity event, with the proceeds going to Lewes Actions for Refugees.

I will be teetering between light and darkness, sharing some songs from my upcoming album, some new material, some old songs. A couple of songs so old they're not even mine. And all of it framed by a sprinkling of poems from John Agard's "From the Devil's Pulpit." Obviously I'll be dressed for the occasion... "Very evocative." Phil Jackson, BBC South

Joining me on the night will be Adrienne Thomas and David Stevenson with an excerpt from their show "A Murder of Ravens". Tales from the dark side of the ironing board.

A series of characters tell their stories of unfulfilled dreams, revenge, murder and the magic of ravens...

"An Intense performance with depth, humour, pathos, melancholy and joy. Her voice ranges from sledgehammer to feather fan." Arthur Brown (God of Hellfire)

Expect some darkness, a lot of fun, music, stories and a bar. Fancy dress definitely encouraged.

"Now that we've all been introduced, Why not mingle, hang loose, be seduced." (John Agard)

Friday, June 9th, 2017 All Saints Centre, Lewes Admission £12/£8 Proceeds going to Lewes Actions for Refugees

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