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Seven Up Live Performance Cabaret Event

16/11/2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm GMT

A Live Performance Cabaret-Style Event at Wildwood in Chichester, presented by Words Out Loud.

Mes dames et messieurs, Ladies and gentlemen. Guten abend! Bon soir! Good evening!

Seven performers, giving Seven performances, each of Seven minutes’ duration.

Set your clock, save the date, book a ticket, get your coat, grab a drink, take a seat.

This is Seven Up.

Words Out Loud is excited to present a new, regular, Performance Event in Chichester called Seven Up.

This new show is upstairs at Wildwood restaurant on Southgate , Chichester from 7:00pm. to 10:00pm.

The cabaret style show features Seven performers,

giving Seven performances

each of Seven minutes’ duration.

Performances will span the whole range of Performance Art including Music, Dance, Drama, Comedy, Improv, Spoken Word and more.

NOVEMBER LINE-UP (in no particular order)

1) Music from Fate of the Magpie

2) A Tune with a Tale, from Lisa O’ Brien

3) Comedy Sketches from Ken & Deni Jones

4) Music AND words from Chris Middleton

5) Dance from Bethyn Casey

6) Theatre from Rob Hall

7) Poems from Nigel Bamber

There will be breaks in between each performance and time to mingle, socialise and connect.

Wildwood will have their menu of Pasta, Pizza and Grilled food available for ordering and their bar will be open.

Tickets cost £10 and are available here on Eventbrite and can also be purchased on the door.

Details of the acts in the line-up for November are below.

Fate of the Magpie

Formed two years ago as a duo, Fate of the Magpie have grown to a four-piece, acoustic folk/rock band. The members come from a wide variety of backgrounds – Folk, Irish, Ukulele, Rock and Blues. Each starting their musical journey decades ago!

They play a mix of their own compositions and some unusual covers.

Their music is derived from a love of poetry and minor keys, performed on guitars, whistles, bass guitar and range of percussion instruments (from Bodhran to Rain stick!).

All crowned by beautifully powerful, soaring vocals.

They can be found gigging around the Hampshire, Surrey & Sussex borders and beyond.

Lisa O’Brien

When not working nine to five, Lisa uses the creative arts to restore the fine art of living. She is a singer, banjo player and tin whistler in two local bands; Picnic Checklist and Irish tribute act Shamrock and has embarked on her first novel.

With the support of Words Out Loud she wrote and performed in last years ‘Well of Lost Voices’ and regularly tries out her new love of poetry at the Words Out Loud Open-Mic.

With a passion for storytelling Lisa will be performing a tune with a tale; Eric Bogle’s 1972 ‘The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.’

Comedy Sketches from Ken and Deni Jones

Ken and Deni perform a couple of classic comedy sketches.

Deni Jones comes from a long background as actor, director , dancer and Lecturer in Theatre , English and the Performing Arts . Deni is also a Trustee of Words Out Loud.

Ken Jones has been writing poetry in fits and starts since University (Birmingham University 1970). He moved to Ventura, CA from England in 2012 where he taught Physics and Engineering to, mainly, High School Juniors and Seniors. In 2020 he retired and moved back to England.

He was a regular reader at the weekly open mic in Ventura, was the featured poet at those readings in September 2016 was a performer for the Performance Art program 5x5x5 in Ventura in December 2016, May 2017 and January 2018. He performed at The Electric Lodge, Venice, CA, in their Max 10 series in April 2017. He hosted a poetry reading and open mic in Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks libraries in CA twice a month. His poems have been used by the English department at Oak Park High School to augment the teaching of AP English Language. In January 2020 he was a founding member and board member of the Ventura County Poetry Project.

Since returning to England he hosts an Open Mic on Zoom and in person and is a trustee and founding member of Words Out Loud, a Charitable Trust based in Chichester to promote the Spoken Word.

Publications include: Poetry Pacific magazine, 2016; Poetry Quarterly, spring 2017 (2 poems) and Summer 2021; a Chapbook, “One Step Ahead”, Prolific Press, summer 2017. Poem accepted for publication in SALT magazine (number 3) in 2022.

Publications in England include: “Southern Voices”, an anthology, 1984, “Mosaic” magazine, 1984 and he performed as part of a Poetry reading at the 1984 Chichester Festival.

Words and Music from Chris Middleton

Chris Middleton is an author, journalist, editor, songwriter, musician, and front man of Brighton rock band Space Angel – a polymath, occasional poet, photographer, designer, and all-round ‘Renaissance man’.

Known as a journalist, public speaker, and author/editor of non-fiction books, Chris’ new book ‘An Insignificant Boy’, published in Winter 2023, marks a radical departure into literature.

A poetic, deeply personal memoir of a lost boyhood: a talented, imaginative child born into a space age of astronauts, Bowie, Kate Bush, technology, and sci-fi, whose life was derailed by his difficult relationship with his ageing father who had been posted to Hiroshima after the atomic bomb.

Aged just eight, Clix (Chris’ childhood nickname) built a radio station out of junk to ask the outside world for help.

A true story that his publishers have described as “poignant, inspired, assured, deeply evocative, yet ultimately hopeful.”

Bethyn Casey

“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;

Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,

But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,

Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,

Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,

There would be no dance, and there is only dance.”

T.S. Elliot, Four Quartets

Theatre from Rob Hall

Chichester playwright and actor Rob Hall will be performing . At the moment however, his act is a closely guarded secret. But don’t worry, we’re on it and have an undercover agent ready to spill the beans. Stand by.

Thank you Words Out Loud for that wonderful and intriguing intro on the website whilst I put together my own.

Your agent did manage to spill the beans. While I was cooking breakfast, he leapt out at me from inside the fridge, and the beans went all over the kitchen floor. (Cleaning bill is in your inbox.)

Hello. My piece is going to be a mix of theatre and comedy – both of which I have enjoyed and dabbled in for many years. But this will be a first of its kind for both me and for Words Out Loud

I have called this act “Owning the Cock-Up”. I hope you enjoy it.

Nigel Bamber

Nigel is a former F1 Engineer and a high-functioning misanthrope.

Despite a lack of formal training in the art of literature he is a wilful dis-respecter of track limits and writes poetry whenever something jerks his chain.


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