No More Worries @ the Albany

What
No More Worries @ the Albany
When
Saturday, September 26, 2015
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Douglas Way
Deptford, London, UK SE8 4AG
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No More Worries
Created by Simon Mole and Peader Kirk.
Kieran is 27 and stuck in a dead-end town. He wants to see the world: foreign suns, adventure and cocktails. Paul is 50 and on the road again in an old-skool campervan.
Join this mismatched couple on their road-trip through austerity Britain, searching for the perfect holiday moment. Sometimes the past is the only thing you can’t leave behind.
Simon Mole is a poet and an Albany Associate Artist. Peader Kirk is an artist and director. They've collaborated on No More Worries to create a poetic, theatrical adventure spanning the breadth of Britain.

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No More Worries @ the Albany

What
No More Worries @ the Albany
When
Friday, September 25, 2015
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Douglas Way
Deptford, London, UK SE8 4AG
Other Info


No More Worries
Created by Simon Mole and Peader Kirk.
Kieran is 27 and stuck in a dead-end town. He wants to see the world: foreign suns, adventure and cocktails. Paul is 50 and on the road again in an old-skool campervan.
Join this mismatched couple on their road-trip through austerity Britain, searching for the perfect holiday moment. Sometimes the past is the only thing you can’t leave behind.
Simon Mole is a poet and an Albany Associate Artist. Peader Kirk is an artist and director. They've collaborated on No More Worries to create a poetic, theatrical adventure spanning the breadth of Britain.

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No More Worries mini-film: the pub scene

I blogged a few months back about the spoken word road-trip movie for theatres I’m making with director Peader Kirk. The show is called ‘No More Worries’ and has been co-commissioned by Apples and Snakes and the Albany.

As part of the final project we think we might like to shoot a series of extracts from the full piece in various locations as we tour the theatre performance – mini-films which viewed in sequence would tell the whole story of the show. The aim with this trial one (masterfully filmed and edited by Karim Kamar as part of our Arts Council funded R&D phase) was to get close to the vibe of what it is like seeing me perform the piece live, but mix that up with a few more cinematic flourishes here and there. Hope you enjoy it!

A 21st Century Tea Dance @ the Albany

What
A 21st Century Tea Dance @ the Albany
When
Monday, March 17, 2014
3:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Douglas Way
Deptford, London, UK SE8 4AG
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Meet Me at the Albany joins forces with Entelechy's Tea Dance team to conjure up an afternoon of dance, tea, cake, music and gentle delights for all ages.


Carers and under 5's go free, but require a ticket. Please call our Box Office on 020 8692 4446 to book.

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Chill Pill Poetry Stall @ Deptford Market

What
Chill Pill Poetry Stall @ Deptford Market
When
Saturday, July 13, 2013
11:00am - All Ages
Where
Deptford Market (map)
200 Deptford High St
London SE8 3PR

A great market. In Deptford...

Other Info
The Chill Pill poets set up our now bi-monthly poetry stall at deptford market, offering free bespoke poems to passers-by and doing pop-up performance within the market itself - fun times!
11am - 1pm
FREE!

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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
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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 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!

 

Chill Pill @ The Albany

What
Chill Pill @ The Albany
When
Thursday, September 27, 2012
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Douglas Way
Deptford, London, UK SE8 4AG
Other Info
We asked what you thought. You said you loved the friendly atmosphere, the variety of poets, the open mic, the rappers that we've had down. BUT you were definitely not happy with the quality of jelly beans provided. You demanded better.
We listened. We thought long and hard. We visited countless sweet shops. And have returned with the goods. Chill pill is back for autumn with our two best line ups yet! Get involved!

Soweto Kinch
Sabrina Mahfouz
Jive Poetic

Curated by Mr Gee (host of Radio 4's Bespoken Word and Rhyme and Reason), Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, Simon Mole and Kim-Leng Hills, Chill Pill is a laid-back poetry 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.

Whether you're a spoken word enthusiast, emerging poet or just curious, come with a sense of humour and leave your expectations at the door.


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