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Thursday 23 March
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IN A NUTSHELL
Incredible spoken word, re-imagined live with improvised music from some of London’s most versatile and quick-thinking musicians and VJs.
Tongue Fu finishes the year with a bang as a top team of incredible poets perform with genre-bending improvised music from the Tongue Fu Band and animations-on-the-fly from CR&D.
At Tongue Fu the UK’s sharpest poets, storytellers, comedians and writers perform with improvised soundtracks from the genre-hopping Tongue Fu Band (Nostalgia 77, Beardyman, Puppini Sisters) and improvised films-on-the-fly from design studio CR&D.
Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond, it is one of the UK’s liveliest and largest spoken word shows: a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation.
Tongue Fu spends autumn and winter at Rich Mix and summers in fields and festivals. Other shows include London Wonderground, The Roundhouse, Edinburgh Festival, The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Latitude and shows in Ireland, Brazil and South Africa.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Tongue Fu is part show, part experiment with strong words at the core of it. It is about artists taking risks together. There is no rehearsal. Performers give musicians and VJs a small hint of what their piece is about, someone starts playing and they see where the collaboration takes them. The music can jump anywhere from weird folk, Brazilian rhythms, experimental jazz to hip hop. Sometimes all in one track. It’s lively and completely fresh each time.
Chris Redmond: Tongue Fu host & founder; poet, musician and festival favourite. He has performed everywhere from Brazil, to Dublin, Capetown to Edinburgh and has featured on BBC Radio 1, 2, 4, XFM and CBBC.
Sabrina Mahfouz: Fringe First winning poet, playwright and screenwriter, whose plays have been performed by Paines Plough, Nabokov and at The Bush Theatre. Her new play, Offside, written with Hollie McNish is touring Spring 2017.
Molly Naylor: super smart and funny writer, performer and film maker, who wrote Sky One sitcom ‘After Hours’ and BBC Radio 4 featured ‘Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You’.
Zia Ahmed: Roundhouse Slam winning poet, 2017 resident writer at Paines Plough and recently awarded a place on the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
‘Spoken Word magicians’ The Guardian
'Tongue Fu is at the high end of the scene' Time Out
'The leading spoken word show' Metro
WHY DOES RICH MIX MATTER?
'Rich Mix has been our home in London for eight years. It has helped us and many others grow, and has been instrumental in the rise of quality spoken word in the capital.'
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Suitable for ages 14+
This event is wheelchair accessible.