Poetry, spoken word and music with House of Figs – aka Beth Calverley (The Poetry Machine) and Bethany M. Roberts (Hands of the Heron / Hedera)
Milk Poetry selects the finest, freshest poets from the UK and beyond to produce the most nourishing and eclectic spoken word bonanza you could ever hope for, curated and hosted by Malaika Kegode (Outlier) – monthly Mondays at The Wardrobe Theatre
Come on in! House of Figs are a poetry and music duo of Beth Calverley (The Poetry Machine) and Bethany M. Roberts (Hands of the Heron / Hedera). Their collaboration celebrates the healing courage of the voice. Bethany creates an otherworldly choir of song fragments around Beth’s poems. Together, they hold space for audience members to explore layered emotions, cocooned in a sonic sanctuary of ambient textures. Along the way, they involve audience members in co-created poetry, improvised immersive soundscapes, and collective singing.
The duo has been supported by Arts Council England to develop their creative practice and they are now ready to share their work-in-progress show with the working title: Is it just me? The awkward guide to friendship. Their mission for the show is that no-one will ever again think: “everyone finds friendship and talking to people easier than I do.” Beth and Bethany hold parallel roles as Poet & Musician in Residence at University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust.
They have been commissioned to create audio pieces for beloved public spaces such as Bristol Temple Meads and South Bristol Community Hospital. House of Figs have headlined events at Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival and Komedia Bath, and performed at Shambala, HowTheLightGetsIn, Green Man, WOMAD, Good Grief and Bristol Harbour Festival.
“Hypnotic… Radiates tenderness and awe.”
- RUNNING TIME2hrs (inc. interval)
- AGE RECOMMENDATION12+
- VENUEThe Wardrobe Theatre