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Tongue Fu

Thursday 19 April
From £7.00
to £8.00
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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

Rob Auton is an award winning stand up clown poet philosopher who's been championed by Jarvis Cocker, Russell Howard and Cerys Mathews and has appeared on all the TVs. "Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch." The Independent 

Ansuman Biswas is an extraordinary interdisciplinary artist whose work includes translating Tagore’s poetry from Bengali, designing underwater sculptures in the Red Sea, living with wandering minstrels in India, being employed as an ornamental hermit in the English countryside and touring with Björk. 

Belinda Zhawi is an incredible Zimbabwean Londoner poet and educator. Formerly London Laureate and Associate poet at ICA, she's performed everywhere from Barbican to Bestival to Ch4's Random Acts

Caroline Teague is a slam winning, wonderful singing, poet and storyteller. Disarming honesty, well crafted lyrics and deft ukulele skills. 

Chris Redmond is a writer, musician and Fu founder, published by Burning Eye & featured on BBC R1, R2, R4 and Sky Arts. ‘…a wordsmith wizard’ The Poetry Book Society

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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Follow: @thetonguefushow / Tongue Fu Page

Things you should know

Suitable for ages 16+

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

This event is wheelchair accessible.