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Calendar

Aug
25
Sun
Cryptic presents Kathryn Joseph-From When I Wake
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm

An intimate and provocative live performance that “evolves into a hypnotic whirlwind of warring emotions,” (The Herald) Cryptic’s critically acclaimed, poignant staging of award-winning singer, Kathryn Joseph’s second album returns by popular demand.

Renowned for her spellbinding vocal style and strong lyrical aesthetic, which showcases both vulnerability and strength, Joseph moves and engages in equal measure. Complemented by Cryptic’s “intense, intimate, immaculately stylised presentation,” (The Scotsman) From When I Wake will ‘ravish the senses’ and reach right to the soul with a performance where “hearts are broken and stolen in equal measure.” (The List)

Commissioned and produced by Cryptic, and developed with support from Paisley Arts Centre & Tramway. Tour supported by PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders.

Age 18+Contains strong language

Sep
13
Fri
Lemn Sissay- My Name is Why: A Memoir
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm

My Name is Why
In Conversation with Lemn Sissay

Approx 1 hour – 40 minutes reading & 20 minutes Q&A

This is Lemn’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.

Lemn Sissay will be reading from his new Memoir, reflecting on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so exploring the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home

Infused with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely event is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.

To celebrate the publication of My Name is Why: A Memoir by Lemn Sissay. Published by Canongate Books.

 

Lemn Sissay MBE is a poet, playwright and broadcaster. He has read poetry all over the world and was awarded an MBE for services to literature. He is the Chancellor of The University of Manchester and was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics. He is a regular contributor to radio and TV and a prolific speaker, inspiring audiences on a daily basis across the globe.

Oct
2
Wed
Stephen James Smith & Tony Walsh
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm

 

The Black Box is delighted to present Stephen James Smith & Tony Walsh

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views.

In 2017 he was commissioned by St. Patrick’s festival to write a new poem as a “Celebratory Narrative” of Ireland. The resultant piece ‘My Ireland’ is accompanied by a short film which has been viewed over 300,000 times and was screened at the London film festival.

In 2018 he was commissioned by Dublin stadium sponsor Aviva to write a poem to highlight the recent rugby final between England & Ireland on Paddy’s day. The poem entitled “Bring it Home” chalked up over 750,000 views across the weekend – and Ireland won!

Stephen has performed at high profile events & venues such as Electric Picnic, other voices, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Barbican in London, Vicar Street & the London Palladium (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard); The Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles, Glastonbury Festival and many more.

Stephen facilitates poetry workshops in schools around Ireland and is artist in residence with Dunamaise arts centre & Laois arts office. His poetry is included on the syllabus at Western Connecticut State University and his work has been translated into multiple languages.

His debut collection “Fear Not”, published by Arlen House, was launched in September 2018 in Dublin at Poetry Ireland on Parnell Square.

 

Forget what you imagined a poetry night could be and expect belly-laughs, tears and everything in between from this stunning, big-hearted performer who often leaves audiences on their feet, dazzled and breathless.

“Now a national hero” (The Guardian) having “stunned millions of people” (Huffington Post) with his iconic performance in Manchester in May 2017, international audiences are quickly discovering what has been an open secret for well over a decade: an evening with Tony Walsh is a rip-roaring rock and roller-coaster ride from a profoundly inspiring artist at the very top of his game.

Tony’s performance will including brand new and little heard poems from his eagerly awaited new collection, WORK | LIFE | BALANCE alongside some much-loved audience favourites. Tony’s poems have had over five million views online in 2018 alone.

Tony will be available for book signings after the show.

 

Oct
5
Sat
The Hillbilly Moon Explosion
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm

Make a date with The Hillbilly Moon Explosion who will be scattering electric, eclectic musical sound beams around the Black Box!

This band’s Rock ‘n’ Roll is exhilarating and musically diverse with echoes of southern Rockabilly, Mexican Mariachi, and 50s Sci Fi. A half-English 4-piece group, The Hillbilly Moon Explosion can mostly be found in the unlikely habitat of Zurich, Switzerland, where they have honed their craft over many years. Searching for the right sound they’ve previously recorded in San Diego, Camden and Tooting, but for their latest album they went back to their local Swiss studio, the place where they made their first rockabilly recordings and where they had plenty of time to get the sounds they wanted. As a result their latest album, With Monsters and Gods, is certainly their best release to date.

Operating at full creative tilt, the group are currently promoting the CD on a tour of ten European countries. After a six year gap (they have previously appeared at the Jazz Café, the Punk Rebellion Festival and the Boomtown Festival, and were guests of the Swiss national team at the London Olympics) they are back in the UK. After dropping in at London’s Borderline and the Cathedral Quarter festival in Belfast, they will finally reach Enniskillen, a place they already know as friendly and welcoming and which is, we are told, close their hearts!
The band have become quite an online and vinyl phenomenon with more than 13 million YouTube views of the video for Tattoos of My Love for Evermore. Much revered in France, they were hired to help resurrect the career of the film star and singer Arielle Dombasle who recorded a collection of Hillbilly Moon cover versions with them for release on the Universal label.

The Hillybilly Moon Explosion musicians – Emanuela Hutter, chanteuse, Oliver Baroni, vocals, piano and stand-up bass, Duncan James on guitar and Sylvain Petite on drums – are expecting to well and truly rock the house.

Oct
17
Thu
Fern Brady: Power and Chaos
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm

Fern Brady: Power and Chaos
As seen on Live from the BBC, Live from the Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour, and Live at the Apollo Fern is one of the UK’s hottest comedy stars. Known for being totally unique and completely fearless her new show will tackle sexuality, feminism, power, Brexit, Britishness, Scottishness and nationality all with her caustic wit, exceptional writing and electric stage craft. Fern is embarking on her biggest tour to date with the show debuting in Australia before heading out across the UK and Europe.

Fern Brady: Power and Chaos
As seen on Live from the BBC, Live from the Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour, and Live at the Apollo Fern is one of the UK’s hottest comedy stars. Known for being totally unique and completely fearless her new show will tackle sexuality, feminism, power, Brexit, Britishness, Scottishness and nationality all with her caustic wit, exceptional writing and electric stage craft. Fern is embarking on her biggest tour to date with the show debuting in Australia before heading out across the UK and Europe.

Featured in Vogue as one of the Top 5 Female Comedians as well as the Telegraphs top 5 young comedians to watch, Fern’s career has gone stratospheric in the last 18months. She’s had viral success with her BBC Life Lessons, stormed the Australian comedy scene and supported Frankie Boyle and Katherine Ryan on Tour.

“An astounding hour” *****The List
“tough-talking and packed with don’t-give-a-shit honesty. It finds the right balance between sincerity and side-splitting anecdotes…. I was crying with laughter.”***** The Skinny
**** Fest Mag

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