Historically innacurate rhyme, music hall style

12th September . 7pm - 9pm (approx) . In the Mahogany Bar
Free (drop-in)

Poetry and rhyme was an integral part of Victorian Music Hall. Often performers would use poetry or song lyrics as social commentary, informing audiences on current events and political issues of the day - a precursor to social media, in a way. Who better, then, than Faded Music Hall Star, Ida Barr, to preside over this evening of poetry recitals? 

Following our first and hugely successful Poetry Night in May, we are delighted to welcome back Ida to take charge, as only she can, as two more established poets 
pit their poetic skills and wits against three emerging writers. Prepare for an informal and highly entertaining evening of verse and mirth.


Sid Bose
A poet, playwright, academic and theatre-maker based in Hackney, London. He was born in India and spent seven years in the US. Siddhartha is the author of two poetry collections from Penned in the Margins, and has written and performed three works for theatre: Kalagora (2010), London's Perverted Children (2012) and The Shroud (2014).

Tim Wells
Tim Wells is made of reggae, lager top, pie and mash, and Leyton Orient FC. His latest collection is Everything Crash.

Ida Barr
Ida Barr is the creation of Olivier-award winner Christopher Green also known for BBC Radio 4 favourite Tina C. Ida has graced stages at the National Theatre, Tates Modern and Britain and the Barbican, as well as livening up many a variety and comedy night around the globe. She’s appeared in her own series, Artificial Hip Hop, on BBC Radio 4 with special guest, the beatboxer known as Shlomo.

They like it

  • One of the stand-out spoken word shows of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe

    Exeunt (Siddhartha Bose)

  • one silver high heel and one NHS orthopaedic sandal ... It was a little bit wonderful

    The FT (Ida Barr)

  • a neatly twisted line in rhetoric

    NME (Tim Wells)

  • Calling all budding poets

    We are looking for four emerging poets to perform a short ten-minute set at this event, including at least one poem about current events. If you would like to apply, please fill in our Application Form and email it to d.graham@wiltons.org.uk.
    Deadline Monday 22nd August at midday.

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