NONSENSE! AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL ROSEN AND THE HOMEMADE ORCHESTRA
Friday September 21, 6-7.30pm
Baked bean storms, jellyfish under the rug, lonely toads in the road – it’s all nonsense at The Story Museum as the nation’s favourite poet, writer and broadcaster Michael Rosen celebrates the 200th anniversary of Edward Lear’s birth with an evening of surreal poetry and music.
Former Children’s Laureate – and currently The Story Museum’s curator of stories, Michael will be making an off-the-wall romp through the highways and byways of his own anarchic verse, accompanied by the award winning Homemade Orchestra.
As the narrator, he’ll be igniting the surreal, the playful and the unexpected, with two musicians providing an ever-changing musical landscape.
Funny and sophisticated, beguiling soundscapes combine electronic tintinnabulation with live percussion grooves and acoustic richness, shining within unexpected electronic sound treatments.
Visitors to The Story Museum’s home in Pembroke St may already have spotted a “nonsense” telephone kiosk, with a scene from the Owl and the Pussycat inside, commemorating Edward Lear. Until recently, passers-by could put their ear to the window and hear Michael read Lear’s famous poem as well as one of his own – until, that is, vandals broke the door and made off with the Museum’s MP3 player.
Now they can hear Michael recite his verse in person, a far more scroobius prospect.
“Michael Rosen is like the anarchically inspired teacher all kids should have at some point in their lives. His poems, with extra kick in every rhythm from the compositions, certainly captured the imagination." London Jazz blogspot
Date: Friday 21 September 2012
Time: 6 - 7.30pm
Age: Suitable for all ages.
Cost: £10/£8 concessions. Drinks available at the bar.
Booking: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 790050.
Place: The Story Museum, 42 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP