The Marlowe Society presents...
Roll Over Atlantic
By John Agard
Michaelmas Week 6
Join poet John Agard on a quirky re-visioning of the notorious New World Enterprise of Christopher Columbus. One of Britain's foremost cross-cultural voices and winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, Agard is known for his mischievous satirical wit. Whether glorified or vilified, Columbus, by his accidental 'discovery' of the so-called New World, gave a kickstart to globalisation, bridging Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, and joining forever the fates of these separate hemispheres and eco-systems.
Telescoping the voyages, Agard brings his irreverential humour from page to stage, fusing elements of calypso, cabaret and the absurd, as he variously takes on the voices of Columbus, The Atlantic, a native shaman and The Mighty Mosquito!
Written in verse with a sprinkling of songs and performed against a background soundscape of Atlantic murmurings and symphonic mosquito buzzing, Agard takes us on a fantastical, fanatical historic voyage that still bears relevance to contemporary issues.
Directed by award-winning live literature director, Mark C. Hewitt, with specially composed music by Thomas Arnold of Stomp's Lost and Found Orchestra, this is a one man show like no other.