Pen Chant returns this Sept
Hot on the heels of appearing on the National Theatre’s River Stage this summer, nomadic cabaret night Pen:Chant is back home in Manchester to launch a hotly anticipated season of events.
Over the next 9 months they will treat audiences to the finest local, national and international comedy, spoken word, music and performance artists.
Pen:Chant host and founder Ben Mellor says, “We’re dead excited about the events we have coming up in 2017/18, we’re presenting some really special artists in some brilliant venues, including a politically-charged Pen:Chant as part of HOME’s A Revolution Betrayed? a major new season of theatre, visual art and film, inspired by the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and an International Women’s Day special, with some incredible acts to be announced...!”
Alongside events at some of Manchester’s finest venues, Pen:Chant will launch a pilot podcast, workshop programme to support local artists and a micro-commission bringing together two leading artists to create a unique performance piece.
First up in the Pen:Chant calendar is a special show in beautiful pop-up theatre-in-the-round, Roundabout on Saturday 9th September. Presented by The Lowry as part of the Roundabout in Little Hulton season, Pen:Chant will play host to another sterling line up of comedy, spoken word and music talent.
September’s line up is packed full of treats including:
Comedy and spoken word from Byron Vincent (BBC R4, R3, Channel 4). One of BBC poetry season’s New Talent Choices, Byron Vincent is a regular at the nation’s most prestigious literary and music festivals. Byron recently wrote and narrated his own show ‘Hell Is Other People’ a self help guide to social anxiety for Radio Four. His debut solo show Talk About Something You Like received much critical acclaim for it’s exploration of the mental health system.
Spell-bindingly evocative singer-songwriter Zoe Kyoti. Based in Manchester but born of Anglo-Austrian- Greek-Armenian heritage, Zoe’s unique brand of bittersweet folk, is laced with the spice of exotic far-flung places and the roots of jazz, country and blues.
Local spoken word powerhouse Reece Williams. As a member of poetry collective Young Identity, Reece has performed alongside Linton Kwesi Johnson, Kate Tempest, Jean Binta Breeze, Saul Williams and The Last Poets. He is currently working on an EP to be released in 2017 on Griot City (a new Independent Record Label he is launching) and a collection of poetry to be released in 2018.
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