Storytelling through poetry and folk music

A new show that fuses poetry and live folk music is coming to two of Lancashire’s libraries in May.

“Rove”, which is written and performed by J. Fergus Evans will visit Freckleton Library on Wednesday 4 May at 6.30pm, followed by a performance at Coppull Library on Friday 6 May at 7pm. Tickets for the show, which is suitable for ages 12 and above and lasts 60 minutes,  can be bought directly from library staff. For more information call 0300 1236703.

The show is a compelling exploration of family mythmaking and personal legacy, beautifully told by J. Fergus Evans using poetry, with atmospheric live folk music from Rhiannon Armstrong.

Evans uses poetry to respin a yarn told many times over, untangling old family stories and making peace with truths that lie buried in years past.

There was a song my mom used to sing to me, which her father sang to her. It may have been Irish (that’s where he came from) or even American (that’s where I come from). Or possibly Scottish (weird, because none of us are from Scotland).

“Rove” is for anyone who has ever tried to untangle a family anecdote, or wished they knew more about where they came from.

Fergus Evans is a poet and performer who weaves poetry, theatre, and installation into works rich in real experience and half-imagined fantasies. His previous work has included “[IN] MEMORIAM”, a forest created from over a thousand donated sympathy cards and “My Heart Is Hitchhiking Down Peachtree Street”, an hour-long solo show designed to take place in broom cupboards and boiler rooms.

Rhiannon Armstrong is an interdisciplinary artist making work in theatre, gallery, and public settings. Her performance and archive project The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid has been shown throughout the UK and internationally.

Describing the show, J. Fergus Evans said:

“I think lots of people will relate to the themes of the show – the mythmaking that happens within families and the urgency to tell a story that comes from a really deep fear of being forgotten.”

Full details on the show and details about how to book tickets can be found here.