Richard Tyrone Jones Has a Big Heart
How do you fight back when your own heart tries to kill you?
Richard Tyrone Jones Has a Big Heart is the long-awaited, understandably-delayed debut one-man show from the poet, Director of ‘Utter!’ and “Ringmaster of Spoken Word” (**** - Three Weeks). Learn the lurid details of his near-near death from dilated cardiomyopathy, a convoluted convalescence and how to live with the condition which will almost certainly kill you, through anecdosage, cardiomyopoetry and bisoproLOLs. For anyone who ever had a heart. Or failure. Clear!
“fascinating, sobering, hilarious, and ultimately uplifting.”
In February 2010, healthy, cycling, non-alcoholic poet Richard Tyrone Jones held his own joke funeral to mark his thirtieth birthday. Shortly after, he was struck down with dilated cardiomyopathy – heart failure. His heart became the weakened, baggy heart of an old man, his lungs bubbling with frothy phleghm and his legs unable to walk more than a few metres. What had caused this triple-decker sandwich of misery? And can being dangerously ill actually improve your life?
“raw, at times graphic, and very funny.” - BBC Ouch!
BUXTON FRINGE DATES: Fri 15th & Sat 16th July (5.30pm) and 17th July (8.30pm), £6/7, Underground Venues, The Square, Buxton, SK17 6BD. Book at www.underthefringe.com or 02081 44 0070 noon-3pm.
CAMDEN FRINGE DATES: Tues August 2nd, Weds 3rd, Thurs 4th & Sun 7th, 6.30pm, Camden Head, Camden High Street NW1 0LU. £7.50. Book at www.camdenfringe.org or 08444 771 000.
EDINBURGH FRINGE HEART CHARITIES BENEFIT: Saturday 27th August, 21.50pm, Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry Street, finale of the Free Fringe’s spoken word section with Young Dawkins, Chemical Poets & a special mystery guest. Free/donations, in aid of British Heart Foundation and Cardiomyopathy Association (50/50).
For ten years Richard Tyrone Jones has been one of the most popular poets, promoters and hosts on the London & Edinburgh spoken word scene, racking up hundreds of gigs. This, his understandably-overdue debut show, relates his near-near death experience through a series of darkly humorous anecdotes, interspersed with varied, philosophical but accessible spoken word pieces exploring what it means to be alive, in pain, human and imperfect. It is directed by Anthony Shrubsall, the director of Zena Edwards’ highly successful one person show Security, which premiered at BAC and toured nationally and internationally in 2009/10.
Richard has already successfully opened the Peterborough Arts Festival with the show, has received an excellent review in New Scientist and mentions in the Ham & High and New Yorker. He has PR support from the British Heart Foundation and Cardiomyopathy Association, for whom he is organising fundraising gigs, and he has been performing extracts from the show all around the country.
Richard is currently looking for more opportunities to present either extracts from the show, or the full show itself, at venues around the country or abroad including spoken word nights, festivals, arts venues etc in 2011/12. It lasts around 55 minutes but can be expanded or contracted to suit.
Richard is an experienced and CRB-checked workshop leader who has worked with adult writing groups, in education and with vulnerable adults. He has a variety of workshops including those themed around illness and other life problems. Rates available on request.
Interviews: 07912 539 098.