Joelle Taylor, Gecko, Drea Chuma, and Lia Burge!

Are you ready for more poets? Of course you are!

One off my favourite things about the Poetry&Words stage is the mix of artists. There are always a bunch of poets whose work I’ve known and loved for years but equally I will always find performers I’ve never seen before. Even in the years before my first time attending the festival in person I would scour the line up searching for new voices. It is a testament to the quality of everyone booked to perform that I’ve never been disappointed by what I found!

With that being said I figured I’d introduce you to two of my favourites, Joelle Taylor & Gecko, and two performers new to me that I’m incredibly excited to see, Drea Chuma & Lia Burge.

Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor is the author of 4 collections of poetry and a novel. Her most recent collection C+NTO & Othered Poems won the 2021 T.S Eliot Prize and was the subject of a Radio 4 arts documentary Butch. C+NTO was nominated for the Rathbone Folio Prize, longlisted for the Ondaatje Prize, and won 2022 the Polari Book Prize. It was named by The Telegraph, the New Statesman, The Guardian, The White Review & Times Literary Supplement as one of the best poetry books of the year, as well as DIVA magazine’s Book of the Month, and awarded 5 stars by the Morning Star. She has completed a book tour of Australia including Sydney Opera House (March 2022). C+NTO is currently being adapted for theatre with a view to touring. A former UK SLAM Champion she founded the national youth poetry slams SLAMbassadors through the Poetry Society in 2001, remaining its Artistic Director until 2018. She is a co-curator and host of Out-Spoken Live, resident at the Southbank Centre, and an editor at Out-Spoken Press. She is also completing her memoirs for publication in 2024, and her novel of interconnecting stories The Night Alphabet will be published by Quercus in Spring of that year. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and the 2022 Saboteur Spoken Word Artist of the Year.


Gecko is a London based singer-storyteller, his playful lyrics cover the big things in life with wit and warmth. Think tooth fairy admin, ignored characters in Italian renaissance paintings, and pig outlaws. Gecko has toured the UK, Europe & New Zealand, appearing at Glastonbury, Latitude, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music & the Edinburgh Fringe. He has shared stages with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Loyle Carner, Tim Minchin & Billy Bragg. In 2020 Gecko appeared on BAFTA winning Sky TV show ‘Life & Rhymes’ with Benjamin Zephaniah. His songs have received multiple millions of views on TikTok & both his albums ‘Volcano’ & ‘Climbing Frame’ have been made ‘Album of the year’ in the Morning Star newspaper.

Drea Chuma

Drea Chuma is a Botswana-born poet currently living in Amsterdam. In Botswana she became part of the acclaimed Exodus Live Poetry collective known for shaping Botswana’s performance poetry scene. In 2006 Drea was invited by Hammer & Tongue to represent Africa in the UK Four Continents Slam tour, where she won the Nottingham and Cambridge slams. She has performed in many stages, including Johannesburg Constitution Hill, Stockholm City Theatre, Berlin Kink Kong Club, Harare Shoko festival, Botswana Infinite Word Festival, Glastonbury festival. Drea lived in Belgium until 2020, where she collaborated with other artists and curators and shared her poetry in numerous stages including Zomerfabriek, Belgium’s Afrikan Film Festival, and at the inaugural People of African Descent Week at the European Parliament.

Her poems have appeared in publications including Prairie Schooner and Sixty Poems for Haiti (Cane Arrow Press). She has read her poems on many stages and festivals, including Johannesburg Constitution Hill, Stockholm City Theatre, Berlin Kink Kong Club, Harare Shoko festival, International Video Poetry Festival and Glastonbury festival. Her debut poetry album 1981 Was A Good Year can be found among the collection of music recordings from Botswana at the US National Library of Congress and National Library of Australia. In 2022 she released her sophomore poetry-album Homing under her moniker Supermoon Blues. Collaborative poetry films from her Homing project with a Welsh filmmaker and a Chilean filmmaker have been screened at various film festivals including 10th International Video Poetry Festival (Athens), ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival(Berlin), Cinema on the Washing Line(Lisbon), London International Animation Festival and Amsterdam Independent Film Festival. Her honours include Farrago Poetry award(UK), African Artist Award (Belgium) and Botswana Top 40 under 40 Catalyst award. She is currently working on a debut poetry collection.

Lia Burge – Crying Into Bins

Lia Burge is an OFFIE nominated actress and two-time Hammer & Tongue National Slam finalist bringing her show CRYING INTO BINS to the Poetry&Words stage.

From the food waste bin into which her friend had a nervous breakdown, Lia tries to make sense of the twenty years she spent serving food and drink. Crying into Bins chronicles tales collected over two decades and takes shape as a long-form spoken word poem. But expect a little more than one woman and a microphone. This is a fast-paced and funny poetical exploration of mental health, societal structures, terrible rage and bittersweet acceptance.

‘I have spent my adult life shovelling leftover potato fondants into my mouth in the vain hope that the sheer volume might make up for the lack of company, posh dress and dinner music they were designed for’

“As natural as having a conversation with a mate down the pub but with a glorious lyrical flair”

“Fresh and thrilling”

“Jaw-droppingly brilliant”

Praise for previous acting work:

‘A highly sophisticated performance and never one-note…a masterclass in acting’ – Spy in the Stalls 

Make sure to stay tuned as we continue through our stacked 2023 Poetry&Words lineup!


Our Hosts!

As someone who regularly hosts a poetry show I know it can be a tough job! It’s your responsibility to keep everything to time, to keep the energy up, and to keep everything rolling no matter what. A difficult task under any circumstance but when you have to do it all day, in a tent, surrounded by 200,000 folk… well, it become a task of herculean proportions. Let’s meet the amazing acts who’ll rise to the task!

First up we have our main hosts…Rosy Carrick & Jonny Fluffypunk!

Rosy Carrick – Poetry&Words Compere

Quick-witted, charismatic and full to the brim with surreal imagination, Rosy Carrick’s eccentric style, dense rhyme structures and forceful imagery have won her international acclaim, as well as firmly cementing her place as one of the UK’s most unusual and innovative contemporary poets.

Rosy has toured the world with her poetry, while in the UK she has performed at an extensive variety of venues ranging from Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Albert Hall to one section of a three-man tent in a Brighton park. Between 2008 and 2018, Rosy was programmer and co-host of Brighton Hammer & Tongue, as well as the city’s infamous annual Poets vs. MCs events, held at Concorde 2. She also hosts Trope for Brighton Dome. For a decade (until its demise at the hands of Capital), Rosy co-hosted the Latitude Festival poetry stage, and was co-curator of the poetry stage at Port Eliot festival. Since 2012 she has hosted the Glastonbury Poetry and Words stage.

Jonny Fluffypunk – Poetry & Words Compere

Stand-up poet and lo-fi theatremaker Jonny Fluffypunk has been dragging his art around the UK and occasionally beyond for over 25 years, deafly fusing bittersweet autobiography, disillusionment and wonder into an act that has established him as a firm favourite at gigs, festivals and housing benefit offices everywhere. He has two volumes of poems, micro-fictions and threadbare philosophy published by Burning Eye, and his solo ‘no-fi’ stand-up spoken word theatre shows, including his latest (commissioned and produced by regular collaborators Inn Crowd), If We Just Keep Going, We Will Get There in the End,  have toured extensively around theatres, pubs, garden sheds, summer houses, record shops and Britain’s other ad-hoc performance spaces in a blatant championing of homespun DIY culture. When not showing off on stages, Jonny runs workshops, putting shapes and colours into the minds of young and old alike. He is currently writing his first novel for children, The End of the Pier Show, based on his spoken word and puppetry show of the same name, about a small boy, a refugee mermaid, a doomed pier and the world’s first human / merfolk punk rock band. He’s a crucial third of Hip Yak Poetry Shack, ‘the south west’s favourite pop-up poetry event’, and also runs Mr Fluffypunk’s Penny Gaff, an alternative cabaret in his adopted home town of Stroud, where he has just held his first-ever ‘proper’ art exhibition. So there.

Rosy and Jonny will be steering the ship for most the weekend but Saturday’s afternoon open mic and Sunday’s Slam will see some others take the helm. I’ll have more details on the slam and open mic coming your way but for now let’s meet the poets hosting both shows. First up we have our open mic hosts…Mark Gallie and me.

Mark Gallie – Open Mic Host

Mark Gallie is an Edinburgh based Actor, Poet, Producer & Writer. He is one of the Directors of I Am Loud Productions and has been performing poetry since 2015. He has performed across the UK and Internationally as a feature performer, organized & hosted multiple Fringe shows & monthly events, and supported Shane Koyczan during the Scottish leg of his 2019 tour. By day, Mark can be found exploring, performing and writing about Myths & Legends, Fantasy, “Geek Culture” and the weird & wonderful. By night, he tries to take over the world.

Mark and I hosted last year’s Slam and it was easily one of our highlights of the festival so we’re excited to see a new dynamic duo get the chance. Welcom to…Sally Jenkinson and Deanna Rodger.

Sally Jenkinson – Slam Host

Sally Jenkinson is a poet, writer, performer and creative facilitator. Her most recent poetry pamphlet ‘Pantomime Horse, Russian Doll, Egg’ – an exploration of childbirth – was published in Autumn 2022 with Burning Eye Books. 

She has been writing and performing poetry across the UK for more than a decade, and has also written and performed internationally in Sweden, Iceland, and Australia.

Deanna Rodger – Slam Host

Deanna Rodger is an international poet and facilitator. She featured on The Art That Made Us (BBC1) and her reimagined version of ‘If’ was read by Serena Williams for International Womens Day (BBC Sport). Her poetry has been welcomed all across the world including.; Mexico, Sudan, and Beirut, and commissions include; Adidas, FIFA, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nationwide, Young Vic, and BBC Sport. 

‘his fingers have left’ is her most recent publication. It is a poetry and process collection which explores sex, shame and form, stemming from the Kevin Eylot residency at Theatre Collection University of Bristol.

So these are the lovely folk who will be guiding you through an amazing weekend of Poetry&Words. You really couldn’t be in better hands!

Welcome to the 2023 Poetry & Words Blog!

Hello, Hello, Hello and welcome to the 2023 Poetry & Words Glastonbury Blog!

My name is Kevin Mclean and I have the wonderful job of keeping you up to date on all things Poetry & Words at this year’s festival. I should probably start by giving you a bit of information about who I am, so here goes… I’m a spoken word poet based in Edinburgh, the host of Scotland’s premier spoken word night Loud Poets, and the Creative Director of I Am Loud Productions. Having worked in the spoken word poetry scene for ten years come this August (Ten years? How did that happen?) there is nowhere I’d rather spend my Glastonbury than at the Poetry & Words stage. Last year was my first time attending the festival and it was an incredible experience to perform alongside some of the UK’s top poets, so I am ecstatic to be back this year to do it all over again!

Here I am (on the left in purple) alongside my fellow Loud Poet Mark Gallie (on the right in toucans) in full festival mode last year. Mark and I will both be back this year performing solo sets and also hosting the open mic, so come say hi and get signed up to get your chance to perform on the Poetry & Words stage.

This year’s lineup, just like last year’s, is absolutely stacked with talent from all over the country. I’m going to be putting out a series of blog posts in the weeks leading up to the festival that will dive into the who’s who to get you all appropriately excited. But for now make sure to check out this year’s spectacular poster from Scott Tyrrell and see if you can find one of your favourites.

You can see more of Scott’s work at:

Poetry&Words 2023 Line Up: Coming Soon!

We are very pleased to say that we have now made all of our bookings for Glastonbury Festival 2023 and will be making line-up announcements any day now 🙂 Amongst out awesome line-up of award-winning international poets, we will be inviting some brilliant new voices to the stage, as well as hosting old favourites. For poets who want to perform their own work, we will be running the Saturday afternoon open mic and Sunday evening poetry slam. You can sign up for both of these in the tent once we open at 11:30 on the Friday. See you there!

Keep watching our various socials for more updates.

Poetry&Words at Glastonbury Festival:


Instagram: @glastonburypoet

Calling all performance poets, spoken word artists, stand-up poets, raconteurs, bards and wordsmiths! Glastonbury Festival wants to hear from you!

Our stage wants YOU. Show us what you can do… and then show everybody else!

Want to perform your work on the only stage at Glastonbury Festival dedicated to poetry in all shapes, sizes and guises? Then read on…

Poetry&Words are looking for applications from experienced writers and performers, with something riveting, riotous, rigorous and generally resplendent to offer up to the audiences of the world’s biggest greenfield arts festival.

We operate a fast turnaround stage, so are looking for individual artists and duos who can hit it at a dead run with the minimum of tech support, preamble, props and paraphernalia. We also have stage-time available for one person spoken word shows of up to 1 hour in length, with minimal stage set-ups and technical requirements.

Poetry&Words audience at Glastonbury Festival 2022

Genuinely confident that you will fit this bill? Send us your BEST stuff. We want to be able to see you performing live, so YouTube links or similar would be great. Audio is okay but video holds the most impact. Up to 3 web-links will give us a rounded view of what you are offering. We’re interested in the quality of your writing and performance, not your videography skills, so don’t worry if your video’s a bit shaky – so long as we can see and hear you clearly.  Please send us your bio too – sell yourself in a few well-crafted paragraphs.

Only one application per act will be accepted. Please do not follow up your application with multiple emails checking on progress or making amendments to your application. This clogs the Inbox and makes your name memorable for all the wrong reasons. The info you need post-application will be in the auto-reply. Please read it.

We do pay a fee, but this is only small. Overseas poets, in particular, should note that we are unable to provide travel expenses. Guest tickets are also beyond our power. Booked performers will also receive a ticket for themselves as well as a camping pitch backstage of the Poetry&Words tent.

This year’s festival runs from June 21st – 25th 2023. We require artists to be on site from the Thursday afternoon until the end of their last set, but you can arrive any time from the Wednesday.

To find out more about the festival go to:

The deadline for applications is, strictly, 5pm (GMT) on Friday 3rd March 2023.  We regret that we cannot view any applications received after this time, so please make a note of this. Don’t miss your chance!

We hope you’ll understand that, given the frankly fantastical volume of applications we receive every year, we are not able to respond to requests for feedback or advice, or to let every applicant know how they’ve done. Successful artists should hear back from us by two months after the deadline at the latest.

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Celebrating our 2022 Blogger: Dominic Berry

Okay, so I know we said the previous blog post would be our last for the year, but we can’t really sign off without a nod to our amazing blogger Dominic Berry. Dominic has graced the Poetry&Words stage in a variety of capacities over the years, including a stint as Poet in Residence in 2017, performing a poem in the online festival in 2020, and a short, but very sweet indeed performance outside the tent for the BBC, which is hiding somewhere out there in the ether still. He is unfailingly supportive, unerringly enthusiastic and immensely sincere in his support for all the poets on stage.

Dominic Berry cheering poets on in the Poetry&Words tent

Whether the tent is crammed and buzzing or filled with a smattering of sleepy festival goers, Dominic is always 100% there with the performer, whooping, joining in and generally being the best audience member ever. If we could employ him just to do that we would, but tickets are always in demand and luckily Dominic also just happens to be an amazing poet for both kids and adults (check out his website for more on that), as well as having the ability to transfer that in-the-tent enthusiasm onto the page in our blog. So thanks Dominic – for the blogging, the poetry and perhaps most of all your contagious love of all our wonderful wordsmiths. We love you right back.

Helen Johnson, Poetry&Words stage manager

Slamming on through to next year…

The Poetry&Words tent ended in style on Sunday with the Glastonbury Festival Poetry Slam, hosted by the inimitable Loud Poets, Mark Gallie and Kevin Mclean. The slam is one of the longest running in the country and played a key role in the spread of poetry slam in the UK. (P&W stage manager, Helen Johnson, has a PhD thesis on the topic if you’re interested – under her then name of Helen Gregory 😉 ) As ever, the event was full of top notch performances and wonderful words to laugh, cry, rage and muse on. After three heated rounds, the well-deserving winner of this fantastic trophy designed by awesome poet and artist, Pete Hunter was……

Helen Johnson waiting to present the trophy to this year’s slam winner

….. Tory Shine. We look forward to welcoming Tory back in next year’s festival. Until then, keep that festival spirit alive; keep on loving, creating, and being your wonderful, wonderful selves.

Tory Shine with the Loud Poets and her epic slam trophy

Much love, the Poetry&Words team x

Is poetry actually any good?

Oi oi oi,

Here I am, Dominic Berry, back (not unlike Daft Punk) ONE MORE TIME, for my final blog for Glastonbury Festival 2022 Poetry&Words stage.

Here I am with an unashamedly click-bait title, to which, given who I am and what I do, you might think there is an obvious answer…..


I was chatting to some of the other poets in our little camping area backstage, and I am not the only one who has sat in the audience at poetry events (elsewhere) and thought……. ‘Is this poetry? Is this what it is? If this is what it is, do I like it? Is this good?’

Whilst allowing for tastes and other subjective factors, I’d say if a person aims to be an artist who attempts to communicate with an audience, and that audience are either bored or not understanding the art with which they are presented, I reckon that gives a strong argument for that poem (maybe that poet) being not good.

I have spent too much time at too many poetry events too full of what I have just described.


Helen Johnson is a super star. Helen, time after time, fills the Poetry&Words stage with immense talent. This year has been no different.


With every artist who I have seen perform this year, I have fully engaged. What a treat to be immersed in accessible, creative, surprising, political, personal, well-considered words.

I know this sounds gushy, but it make me feel mega humble to be considered worthy to say what I have made up as a part of this crew.

I know that there are a load of us backstage feeling that same way.

Thank you, Helen!

Helen, you are BRILL BRILL BRILL *BRILL!!*

So, the slam has happened.

Tori Shine won the slam!

It was a slam full of excellence from every slammer. I want to say a humongous WELL DONE to all who were brave enough to stand on that stage and say their words.

YES, poetry CAN be good, and this slam was epic ace.

Humans full of humanity sharing carefully crafted brilliance.

Personal favourites:

  • Jackie Juno’s tree poem,
  • Helen’s autism poem
  • Tori’s guns in school poems.

Helen Johnson (Poetry&Words’ Helen, a different Helen to the Helen in the slam) will post the trophy pic in a future blog.

Yay for trophies, and yay for Tori being invited to the next Glastonbury for a guest set upon the Poetry&Words stage!

Wooooooooooo hoo!



Glastonbury festival Poet in Residence.



If Desree’s stage presence could be bottled and shared worldwide, our planet would be a more intelligent, empathic and interesting place.

A poem completed but 4 seconds before being recited, (according to Desree herself) a celebration of the performance of rapper Mega Thee Stallion was chock full of fun and fantastic energy.

“We drop our arse in prayer”

“It is within us water is made holy”

Talk about powerful lines!

Alongside this, a poem about the actions of R Kelly, and our reactions as the general public to his offences, was everything a poem should be. It fairly questioned me, the listener, on my choices and the need to not silently observe the very real and painful horrors of injustice. An expertly realised piece of protest art – exactly what Glastonbury festival should be delivering – and has done, thanks to Desree, so thank you Desree for your urgent and excellent poetics.


And so…..

I have been (and continue to be) Dominic Berry, and I’d like to thank Helen and the team for trusting me with this blog.

I have loved writing it.

I’d like to sign off, not with my words, but with a new poem from Desree, written as part of her residency, about a small but massive moment at this year’s festival. I love this poem, and I have loved being part of this sensation.

Poetry IS good!

Super good.


Much love to all.

See you again, friends!




For Maddy.

One hand nursing a paper cup,
the other, an earthquake of a palm.
Trying to navigate the hoards of people,
that have sprung up, on this city of a farm.
But you do not let go,
as you guide me through the crowd.
You are armour close,
squeeze my hand to calm me down.

You know I hate this part,
feels like everyone is in the same place.
But when the crowd grinds to a halt,
you turn so we are face to face.
No scrubs comes on and you start singing,
a private rendition just for me.
We can’t even get close to the stage,
but I’ve got your version of TLC.

To all the partners and friends,
lifelong ones that started today.
Thank you for holding more than our hands,
when we find the festival a little difficult to navigate.
When my anxiety feels like drowning, in the sea of it all
Thanks for turning water into waterfalls


Today, two different theatrical shows were performed on Poetry&Words stage; a preview of ‘Fanboy’ by Joe Sellman-Leava, and ‘Hello I’m Single’ by Lauren McNamara.

How did these very different pieces of drama fair on a predominantly poetry packed place?

My name is Dominic Berry, and here are my thoughts…


by Joe Sellman-Leava

I anticipated only light-hearted puns and celebrations of all things geeky in a fun but surface-level hour with Joe. I am a huge fanboy, and have seen many highly enjoyable shows about fandom, and I am very happy to sit and laugh at Star Wars puns where there is little other content. So had that been what I had got, that would have been cool.

You do not need to be a fanboy to love this show. It is hilariously funny, but its inventive, unique, surprising narrative, along with a deeply channelled, concisely articulate emotional core, are universal.

Star Wars forms one of the main analogies here. I do not know much about Star Wars. For all my love of Trek, Super Man, and countless other comics, games and movies, Star Wars has never made an impact on me. Upon discovering what a central theme Star Wars plays in this show, I wondered whether I’d get left behind.

You need know nothing about Star Wars, or any fandom, to get what is going on. I left with with profound thoughts from a show which is as rich in philosophies as it is in funnies.

There is a divisive character in Star Wars, Jar Jar Binks, who receives a great deal of attention during this story. We look at how different fans have reacted to Jar Jar in different ways, and we see how Joe has reacted to him at different ages. Joe’s changing relationship with his feelings on Jar Jar (we get to see videos of a young Joe playing with a birthday toy and these scenes are heart-meltingly innocent and hopeful) matches Joe’s changing relationship with his world, as his hope change with experience.

We get to meet several characters; a girlfriend called Gaia, a close friend called Wayne, and a kind Uncle called Obi, and as Joe gets older, his relationships with these three key figures – and how they each connect to sci fi fandom – are full of honest awareness, wit and massively memorable dialogue.

“How can you be too good?” young Joe asks when told that Superman is an objectively lesser character due to his over-powered qualities and whiter-than-white personality, reducing the conflict in his tales.

Can you be ‘too good’?

It is not just pop culture – we see the aging Joe connecting with climate change, Trump, Brexit, Boris Johnson – and we see Joe try to find a place of belonging and hope in a world increasingly only dealing in absolutes. Surely that conflict is one with which we can all relate?

Joe can do voices! From a rapid-fire recap of all the original Star Wars movies, with immaculate recreating of every character’s voice, to Muppet’s Christmas Carol to Peep Show’s Mitchel & Webb, Sellman-Leava is a stunning impressionist with perfect comic timing. I laughed so much.

“Hate leads to suffering” says Star Wars, and so says Joe, as we see the choices we each get to make on whether we unite or divide during times of strife. Will hope survive?

As we get older, does life in general just get worse and worse (as, some would say, happens with the Star Wars movie series)?

Well, as I find myself in a world increasingly full of anger, blame, cynicism and aggression, Joe Sellman-Leav’s Fanboy most definitely left me with my own ‘new hope’.


by Lauren McNamara

From the moment Lauren bounces onto the stage, she is immensely likeable; charming and witty whilst also creating a very safe-feeling space.

The safe space is essential, as pretty much the first thing we get is a piece of audience interaction, with people invited up on stage (no one is made to do anything they don’t wish to do!), and Lauren does this with charisma and sensitivity and bucket-loads of good humour.

It is a great technique to make us quickly get on board with Lauren as a protagonist in a quest to find that all elusive ‘true love’.

Shows about romance are hardly hard to find, so in a genre already full with so many offerings, is there anything about Lauren’s work to make it stand out?

Lots. Lauren plays multiple characters, a central one being her own 93 year old grandmother. The gran is hilarious, yet never played simply for laughs, or in any way which comes across as unbelievable for the sake of a punchline. The gran is eccentric, blunt, but loving, clearly very caring for Lauren as she attempts to track down a partner.

A particularly emotive thing, especially for me as a queer guy, was seeing a 93 year old character shown never expressing any xenophobia or difficulties with her grand-daughter wanting a woman.

This parallels my own real life experience. I am from a small family – pretty much just my mum, my mum’s mum, and me – and mum asked me not to ‘out’ myself to nan, believing the older generation ‘didn’t get it’ and we all simply had to make mega allowances for those who grew up in war time who just had ‘different ways’. Thank goodness, when I did ‘come out’, my nan never had one negative word for me, and continued to love and support me no different to before, for the rest of her life.

That is the relationship shown between Lauren and her (expertly acted) gran, and the absence of even the mention of homophobia was hugely evocative and excellent and made me feel great things in the fact such a story can exist upon our stages these days.

We also meet a number of women Lauren gets to date; Jessica the ambitious journalist, Mary with her dairy farmer father (leading a particularly well delivered calf birthing scene), and Hannah the basketball obsessed visiting American. A common thread is ‘excellent first date / disastrous second date’ and, similar to the portrayal of gran (although the girlfriends are not just played by Lauren, but by a series of small plastic barbie-like dolls, giving McNamara a comedy-gold level of interactions with each of her intendeds) these characters create moments of mirth whilst never being reduced to caricatures.

“When we hug, our bodies fit together like a puzzle piece” says Lauren about one moment with one partner. Lauren’s skills as a poet in a non-poetry show shine in this and many moments of tender and terrifically phrased monologue.

Does Lauren find the love she so deeply desires?

I am not going to spoil the end of this skilfully told tale. I will say that this wonderfully weaving narrative, significantly the developments of events effecting gran towards the end of the show, touch deeply.

I identified with similarities between Lauren and my grandmothers, and equally I identified with the challenges of duality of joy in being held when you need to be held when married with challenging or just incompatible behaviour.

All us us seek and need love. Lauren’s show truly assuredly speaks from the heart with a deft certainty that love is definitely worth continually questing for. The quest is worth its many obstacles, and accomplishing joy is within our reach. In that, each adventurer should have no single doubt.