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Tongue Fu

Thursday 31 May
From £7.00
to £9.00
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In a nutshell

Incredible spoken word, reimagined live with improvised music from some of London’s most versatile and quick-thinking musicians and VJs.

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Tongue Fu is one of the UK’s leading spoken word shows, asking poets, comedians, rappers and storytellers to re-imagine their material live with brand new soundtracks created by some of London’s top improvising musicians.

Created and hosted by poet and musician, Chris Redmond (BBC R1,2, 4, XFM, CBBC, SKY Arts), it is a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation.

The Tongue Fu band feature players including Riaan Vosloo, Arthur Lea, Pat Davey, Belle Ehresmann (Bellatrix), Dave O’Brien and Jon Cox, whose collective credits include Nostalgia 77, Puppini Sisters, Beardyman DreamTeam, Mad Professor, Massive Attack, Jamie Cullum and many more.

Tongue Fu has performed at London Wonderground, Udderbelly, The Roundhouse, Edinburgh Festival, The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Latitude and shows in Ireland, Brazil and South Africa. Previous guests have included Kate Tempest, Irvine Welsh, Lemn Sissay, Beardyman, Hollie McNish and Akala.

What to Expect

Tongue Fu is part show, part experiment with well crafted words at it's core. 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.

Who's Involved

Chris Redmond - Spoken word poet, storyteller and Fu founder, published by Burning Eye with a sideline in music making for the likes of Improbable and the BBC. ‘…a wordsmith wizard’ The Poetry Book Society

Joelle Taylor - Award winning poet, playwright and author who has performed everywhere from BBC, the Royal Court to Pentonville Prison. A champion of young UK poets for 20+ years, her latest collection, Songs My Enemy Taught Me is published by Outspoken Press.

Yomi Sode - Poet, storyteller and theatre maker whose show COAT sells out in minutes every time! Founder of Boxed In, he’s opened for Saul Williams and the Last Poets and has performed on Ch4, BBC R1Xtra, at Sadlers Wells, Lovebox and the UN.

Toby Campion - A UK National Poetry Slam Champion and resident artist at the Roundhouse, his work has been featured on BBC Radio 2, Channel 4 and ITV and he’s performed across Europe, the US and South Korea. 

Bethany Black - Actor, writer and comedian who’s debut show BETH BECOMES HER detailed the story of her being transgender. A stand up comedian since 2004, her TV work includes roles in Doctor Who (BBC) and Cucumber, Banana and Tofu (Ch4). 

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.'

Find out more / @thetonguefushow

Things you should know

This show is part seated, part standing. Seats on a first-come-first-served basis.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

This event is wheelchair accessible.