Modern Cautionary Tales for Children

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Sunday, 9 April 2017
Bikeshed Theatre

From the moment Murray Lachlan Young bounds onto the stage, hair wrapped in a towel, dressing gown flapping, you know you’re in for a good time. His poetry is funny, observational and entirely silly. His audience banter is even funnier. And with Young, audience participation for both children and ex-children (as he calls us) is neither awkward nor embarrassing, just fun.

An innovative and ground-breaking poetry show written and performed by Murray Lachlan Young, one of the UK’s foremost performance poets BBC 6 Resident poet and a regular fixture on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live etc; Expect a mixture of: poetry, stand-up comedy, storytelling and a touch of panto making for a hilarious and positive route to showing children that poetry can be fun, thought-provoking and occasionally quite cool! This show gets children dancing on-stage, completing simple fun poems, being Ponies and getting seriously involved in live interactive poetry – a raucous, silly, scary, funny poignant and enlightening hour of merriment and mayhem.

‘Beginning with an introductory fanfare and high-fives with the audience, Murray Lachlan Young created an amazing rapport with all. …captivating us for a joyful hour of pure and interactive creativity.’

‘Essentially, Young’s show defies description. Best of all, he knows exactly what your average 6–10-year-old is interested in – toilets, poo and death being three key subjects discussed.’

‘A literary event, a stand-up show, a cosy chat – Modern Cautionary Tales for Children is all these things, and more. ‘