Live Canon are an ensemble performing poetry in the English Language (and occasionally bursting into song). They are a group of professional actors and theatre makers, led by artistic director, Helen Eastman, who founded the ensemble in 2008.
Helen felt that there were many opportunities to hear contemporary poetry live, and have an aural experience of it, but very few opportunities to hear the' back catalogue', as it were. Live Canon aim to rectiy that and perform poetry from across generations and across the world.
Live Canon performances aren't readings. Live Canon actors learn all the poetry and perform it from memory. Their performances make poetry accessible and visceral. Performances are often interspersed with live music, featuring newly commissioned a cappella settings of many classic poems, ultimately creating a thoroughly enjoyable, unpretentious way to celebrate the richness of poetry written in the English language over the last five hundred years. Live Canon shows are a mixture of old classics you may know and love, and less well known gems we hope may surprise you.
The company perform at venues, festivals and special events, from Oxford Playhouse to Exeter Northcott, Richmond Park to the V&A and make bespoke shows for events, galleries and museums. Recently the company has also started recording, collaborating with the V&A on their first app for iphone, and they are about to embark on creating an MP3 poetry walk of Oxford. They are a number of audio CDs in the pipeline.
Live Canon run a biennial poetry competition, with a £1000 first prize, and perform and publish all the shortlisted poetry.
LIVE CANON's latest CD recording - LIVE CANON ON LOVE - is now available for just £8.
LIVE CANON ON LOVE features poems by William Shakespeare, Thomas Moore, Christopher Marlowe, John Donne, Sir Philip Sidney, Andrew Marvell, Aphra Behn, Anne Bradstreet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Gabriel Dante Rossetti, George Gordon, Lord Byron, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Morris, John Clare and Charlotte Dacre. Click here to order your copy now.
What an extraordinary artform poetry is, and what justice Live Canon does to it...
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