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Tongue Fu

Thursday 29 March
From £7.00
to £9.00
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member

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 & featured on BBC R1, R2, R4 and Sky Arts. ‘…a wordsmith wizard’ The Poetry Book Society 

Anthony Anaxagorou - Award winning poet, writer and founder of Outspoken, whose poetry and fiction has been featured by Cirque de Soleil, Akala, BBC Radio 4 and Vice UK. “One of the most powerful stage performances I’ve seen.” Evening Standard

Miriam Nash - Award winning poet and educator, her first collection, All The Prayers In The House was published by Bloodaxe in 2017 and her poem, The Walking Father Blues was poem of the week in the Guardian. 

Shagufta Iqbal - Artist and poet, published by Burning Eye, championed by the Southbank and Gal Dem. ‘A social political masterclass in its exploration of cities, cultures, race, food and family’ Nikesh Shukla 

Usaama Minhas - Poet, rapper, actor and multiple slam winner including 2018 Hammer & Tongue UK championship.

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.

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