Chill Pill @ Wilderness (The Forum)

What
Chill Pill @ Wilderness (The Forum)
When
Saturday, August 6, 2016
7:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Cornbury Park
Oxfordshire OX7 3DG
Other Info
Chill Pill are one of the top Spoken Word collectives in the UK, comprised of:

*Mr Gee (host of Radio 4′s Bespoken Word)
*Deanna Rodger (ELLE UK 30 under 30 world changers)
*Raymond Antrobus (London Laureate)
*Adam Kammerling (Hammer And Tongue National Slam Champion)
*Simon Mole (1st Brent Poet Laureate)

As well as flexing their performance muscles with new material and old favourites, for their Wilderness show they will be undertaking a series of ‘instant poetry challenges’ where audience ideas and suggestions are transformed into verse.

Chill Pill run regular nights at the Albany Deptford and QBIC Hotel – a laid back vibe with tightly spun tales inspired by today’s headlines, the ever-popular Classics Corner and plenty of banter to boot…

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Chill Pill X-mas BIG ONE @ the Albany

What
Chill Pill X-mas BIG ONE @ the Albany
When
Thursday, December 17, 2015
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Douglas Way
Deptford, London, UK SE8 4AG
Other Info
The Big One returns for a super-sized helping of spoken word with all the trimmings and dancing ‘til late. Join the whole Chill Pill team and their festive guests, line up to be announced.


Previous Chill Pill guests include Dizreali and DownLow, Kate Tempest, Luke Wright, United Vibrations, Soweto Kinch and many more.

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Sunday Papers Live

What
Sunday Papers Live
When
Sunday, March 30, 2014
TBC - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
2 Regent's Park Road
London NW1 7AY
Other Info
Chill Pill join the line-up for the third edition of Sunday Papers Live:

four rooms. twelve hours. the ultimate sunday.
​Each section of the Sunday Papers is presented in our oversized living room by an expert speaker, performer or group. 
​15 - 30 minutes per section.
Some will be silly, some serious, others will make you dance on the tables.
Our first speaker begins at 1pm. Our last performance finishes at 11:00pm.
Full schedule of the day is released two weeks prior to the show.

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Keats House Poets Present…

What
Keats House Poets Present...
When
Sunday, March 30, 2014
2:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Keats House, Keats Grove
Hampstead, London, UK NW3 2RR
Other Info
The Keats House Poets
present:

A chilled out Sunday afternoon of (FREE)poetry and spoken word...

With performances from:
Raymond Antrobus
Simon Mole
Deanna Rodger
Laila Sumpton
Sonority Turner
Dean Atta
Anthony Hett

and this month's awesome headliner Indigo Williams (find out more about her below)

And of course the much loved open mic!

Where: Keats House, Keats Grove, London. NW3 2RR.
Nearest tube: Hamstead Heath.

What: Keats House is a museum. A vibrant, thriving museum dedicated to the poetry of John Keats, and to poetry in general. But it is a museum none the less. As well as supporting the development of these exciting young artists, the Keats House Poets do what we can to ensure that on top of honoring the poetry of the past, Keats house is also a platform for the poetry of the future!

POETRY LIVES HERE!

If you’re a poet looking to perform at this prestigious venue, we’ll be hosting an open mic too but spaces are limited so arrive early to sign up!

**
Indigo Williams is a poet, film maker, educator and the curator of 'I Shape Beauty', which has been featured on TedX and BBC London Radio.
http://indigowilliamspoetry.com/

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Chill Pill East – open mic

What
Chill Pill East - open mic
When
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
35 Queensdown Road
London E5 8NN
Other Info
It's Chill Pill East time!

We never have enough time at our theatre events to get everyone on the open mic, and we want to try new stuff as well! So Chill Pill East was born. An entirely open mic event within spitting distance of Hackney Downs.

http://www.starbyhackneydowns.co.uk/

Chill Pill started out in 2010 as an open mic night in a basement in Bethnal Green which grew in popularity by the week. It was a safe and vibrant environment for poets and musicians to perform their work in progress. We miss it, so we're bringing that back. We'll be trying new works, having some jokes, playing some tunes and eating some pizza. Come do that as well!

It's back to roots for us.

Wednesday December 11th

£3 on the door.

Open mic-ers sign up at the venue.

Bring a poem and a nice hat.

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Chill Pill @ The Albany

What
Chill Pill @ The Albany
When
Thursday, September 19, 2013
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Douglas Way
Deptford, London, UK SE8 4AG
Other Info
Curated by Mr Gee (host of Radio 4’s Bespoken Word and Rhyme and Reason), Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, Simon Mole and Adam Kammerling. Chill Pill is a laid-back club night where up-and-coming poets share the stage with some of the finest Spoken Word acts in the UK. Plus, we’ll be mixing it up with tightly spun tales inspired by today’s headlines, the ever-popular Classics Corner and plenty of banter to boot.

"Here is an art that remains fresh and undefined" - 4 out of 5 stars The Telegraph

After the poetry and music fuelled joy-fest that was 'The Big One', we're back at The Albany to flash our freshly starched poetry pants at y'all. As per usual we've got some exciting, meaty treats in store:

JOELLE TAYLORS IN THE HOUSE!!! Joelle is an OG of the spoken word scene. She's been doing this for tiiiiime. Since 1986! She's shared a stage with everyone who's anyone in poetry, from Benjamin Zephaniah to Simon Armitage to Carol Ann Duffy to Scroobius Pip. She is a poet, a playwright, an artisitic Director, a facilitator and a BEAST. Her poetry is visceral, dreamlike, vivid and brilliant. And she rocks a stage like no one else. Come see!

Music Act TBC. But you know it's gonna be good, right?

Doors at 7.30. Dress code: Thursday best.

We can't wait!

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Keats House Poets Present…

What
Keats House Poets Present...
When
Sunday, June 2, 2013
1:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Keats House, Keats Grove
Hampstead, London, UK NW3 2RR
Other Info
The Keats House Poets
present:

The Keats House Festival

A chilled out Sunday afternoon of (FREE)poetry and spoken word...

With performances from:
Raymond Antrobus
Simon Mole
Deanna Rodger
Anthony Hett
Laila Sumpton
Sonority Turner
Dean Atta
Kaamil Ahmed


and this month's awesome headliner TBA..

And of course the much loved open mic!

Keats House Poets

Where: Keats House, Keats Grove, London. NW3 2RR.
Nearest tube: Hamstead Heath.

What: Keats House is a museum. A vibrant, thriving museum dedicated to the poetry of John Keats, and to poetry in general. But it is a museum none the less. As well as supporting the development of these exciting young artists, the Keats House Poets do what we can to ensure that on top of honoring the poetry of the past, Keats house is also a platform for the poetry of the future!
POETRY LIVES HERE!

If you’re a poet looking to perform at this prestigious venue, we’ll be hosting an open mic too but spaces are limited so arrive early to sign up!

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Chill Pill @ The Albany

What
Chill Pill @ The Albany
When
Thursday, February 28, 2013
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Douglas Way
Deptford, London, UK SE8 4AG
Other Info
Chill Pill - South London’s coolest spoken word night.

Our poets have been plucked straight from the field and frozen within three hours to provide you with only the freshest spoken word.

Headliners David J and Ross Sutherland

Plus rising talent on the Open Mic.

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Chill Pill Connect @ Roundhouse

What
Chill Pill Connect @ Roundhouse
When
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8EH
London NW1 8EH
Other Info
Curated by Mista Gee (host of Radio 4’sBespoken Word and Rhyme and Reason), Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, Simon Mole and Adam Kammerling, Chill Pill is a laid-back club night where up-and-coming poets share the stage with some of the finest Spoken Word acts in the UK.

Chill Pill is BACK with a brand new show for 2013: Chill Pill Connect.

We're hooking up with The Roundhouse team to create a live, interactive radio show, and we need YOU to get involved.

Chill Pill Connect brings you all the goodness you've come to expect from the Chill Pill Team, the tunes, the banter, and of course, the poetry, but this time there's a twist.

Connect is being recorded and then moulded by the magic of Roundhouse technology, into a full blown spoken word audio feast. And two open mic-ers will have their poems broadcast as a part of the upcoming show.

This is a brand new concept for Chill Pill and we're very excited to offer up and coming artists the opportunity to be involved.

We'll have eight open mic slots but it's guaranteed to fill up so arrive early to secure a place.

See you there!

Advance tickets: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/productions/chill-pill-connects

Roundhouse
Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH London, United Kingdom

Tickets: £5
Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.

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Chill Pill Christmas special at Deptford Market…

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Deptford market it an amazing place with an authentically local feel about it that is too often missing at more trendy boutique style markets. This is a real place for real people. Also, you can get anything you want. Anything. And almost always at a wildly reasonable price. One stallholder told me he had been working there for 32 years and the man’s patter was so on point I could believe he was three decades deep in the game.

“if you can’t see what you’re looking for, just ask. I’m looking for your money, and so far I can’t see it”

A recent addition to the market has been young marketers, trainee traders if you like, supported by a council development programme. On the Saturday we were there (9th December) the young traders were housed in a little market on the square. As part of the overall aim of the project to bring more people to the market (crucially in a way that supports what is already there) Chill Pill were invited to collaborate with site specific theatre director Peader Kirk in order to provide some Christmas entertainment. We thought that the best way to do this would be to fit in with the existing market, and see what happened if we tried to run a stall ourselves! As you can see it was decorated ‘tastefully’, although we did have a few people enquiring after the trees rather than our poems…

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On arrival we got chatting to the young traders; about their wares, what inspired them to get started, their creative processes, business so far etc – The four of us chill pill poets (me, Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, and Adam Kammerling) then wrote little ‘instant’ poems about each stall-holder individually, before belting these out with a few of our own pieces over the PA. The marketers were really happy to have their stalls written about and promoted in this unusual way, as for young newcomers vocally attracting custom can be a daunting thing to go about.

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Apart from these sporadic performances over the PA (at which we also read some of our favourite ‘seasonal’ poems by other authors) we also tried to bring a bit of poetry to those stall holders and bargain hunters who weren’t naturally passing our way. Our strategy was two fold:

  1. Wandering with ‘the poetry stocking’, from which people could pull titles of Christmas poems, which we would then read to them. Check out Adam doing his thing below. These guys offered us a quid when we were done. Despite us reading them a pretty bleak (although brilliant) poem called ‘snow’ by Vladimir Holan
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  3. Chatting to stallholders and punters, and asking for their own Christmas moments or memories, or alternatively their wishes for themselves or others for this years festivities. We noted these contributions down on Christmas labels and hung them from our trees, before Ray compiled a beautiful little crowd sourced Christmas poem from the results.

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The final service we offered was an idea I pinched from Poetry Takeaway which I saw at Latitiude – where people could come up and ask to have a poem written for them, about anything they wanted – again the turn around for these was mega quick but this video of Adam reading his to the young woman who requested is evidence of what can be achieved in five minutes!

All in all it was a cracking day, and definitely considering trying to get a plot for another stall in the future! Below you will find the text for my pieces for the marketers… Enjoy!

Dr. Denim
A battered leather suitcase
Full of old jeans, but
Everything is in here
Un-pick and re-stitch
Zips, hems, pockets
Make ties, bags, wallets
Make anything you want
Made to order, man’s on it.
Dr. Denim, if you’re passing the stall
Pop your head in, certified swag
What d’you reckon?!

 

Niamh’s preserves
Niamh went from jewellery to jam.
24 carat cake jam.
sticky fingers in the workshop,
berry red splatters on the worktop
roasted red pepper and peach,
each deep flavour worked on and brought through…
Compliment your cheese with a chutney,
have it with a brie or a cheese that’s more crumbly
Perfect for a feed if you’re hungry
Deep in the fridge late night with the munchies
Branstons? What?!
Yeah that’s a brand that you’ve seen and heard
And so it may seem absurd,
but you’re much better off with one of Niamh’s preserves!