More gigs in October with Roger McGough. We’re playing Dorchester and Canterbury, and our own special show to close the Wantage Festival on October 30th. We’re also taking bookings for 2017 so give us a shout.
The last-minute scramble for Christmas gifts is upon us. Sure, you thought you’d have it all planned out – but somehow it never quite works out that way, does it? But never fear: I’m happy to offer a little help with a couple of stocking-size treats that are bound to please… well, almost anyone you know. Of that I am sure. Read more.
Review of our ‘Dark Rose for Christmas’ show at Manchester Metropolitan University in the online student magazine Humanity Hallows.
By Freddie Bruhin-Price
This week, at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, a sell-out crowd gathered for the final event of this year’s ‘Carol Ann Duffy and Friends’ series. This special Christmas evening included jazz, poetry and a performance from a group of musicians called LiTTLe MACHiNe. Read the full review here
Dark Rose for Christmas reviewed by Write Out Loud
Could poetry provide a Christmas hit this year? The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has teamed up with Little Machine, a trio of musicians that sets famous and contemporary poems to music, to create Dark Rose for Christmas – 10 album tracks of Christmas poems with musical settings. Little Machine have already added music to a number of the poet laureate’s poems – she has in turn dubbed them “the most brilliant music and poetry band in the world”. Read the full review.
LiTTLe MACHiNe Christmas album collaboration with Carol Ann Duffy.
With cover art designed by Tom Duxbury the limited edition CD is expected to sell out quickly so please get orders in fast. To find out more about the project and to receive alerts about the release and our Christmas shows with Carol Ann please subscribe to our newsletter.
Tracklist – click on the title link to hear before you buy
The Bee Carol
The Lord of Misrule
The Single Bed
The Mistletoe Bride
Dark Rose for Xmas
Review by Emily Nutbean. (Age 13) for New Writing South
Carol Ann Duffy spoke for around an hour, captivating every single person as she read out her amazing poems; some from the point of view of the wife of a famous man, mythical or real. One of these examples is Mrs. Midas, who is left to deal with the atrocious consequences of her husband’s whimsical wish. Carol Ann Duffy made us laugh and cry; Read more