THE POP-UP POETRY EVENING
Saturday, 21st March, 2020
The Gage Players are launching a new community event in March – not a play this time, but an evening of fun open to all, with a meal included: a new chance for socialising.
People instinctively turn to poetry in times of trouble or happiness, or just to be comforted with well-remembered lines from childhood. And poetry fits the bill each time – there’s something that feels right for every event and every emotion. Stories, images and magical words in magical rhythms from the pens of people who have felt and ‘seen’ what they wrote.
At school, many of us learned poems by heart, and later in life even famous speeches or paragraphs from favourite books, or parts of favourite hymns or songs retained a place in our memories. At one of The Gage Players’ committee meetings not so long ago, one of us spoke some lines of poetry that capped the point under discussion, and suddenly, all round the table, people piped up with pieces they knew – funny, naughty, or just a lovely thing remembered. And we enjoyed it so much that the meeting agenda got forgotten for a while, and the idea for this evening event was born.
Learning by heart is so good for memory training, language skills and communication skills, and helps to develop a flexible mind – such a pity more schools don’t include it in their curricula. But here’s a chance to display your favourite piece, and perhaps for younger people to come along as well and have a go – and maybe see what their elders can do that they can’t! You don’t have to know a piece by heart, you can read a favourite if you’d prefer.
So, we are inviting people to book a place at Pop-up Poetry with The Gage.
The date is Saturday, 21st March, 2020, the place is The Riddell Hall, Dean’s Lane, Walton on the Hill, Surrey KT20 5AS, the time is 8pm with doors open at 7.15, and the cost per head for the meal and to cover hall hire charges, will be £12. If you prefer not to eat, there will still be a smaller charge of £6. After the meal, we’ll invite people to stand up and give their best, with the evening planned to end around 10-10.15pm.
Please book at firstname.lastname@example.org or on our ticket office number, 01737 812 703 – booking is essential, please, because of having to pre-order catering. Money will be taken at the door, and the food will be delivered for 8pm. The meal choices are fish or chicken or vegetarian option with chips; please bring your own drinks, nibbles and glasses.
We look forward to seeing you.
‘Prose: words in their best order – poetry: the best words in the best order.’
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834