Let The Pig Out by Chris Redmond
by Chris Redmond
Let the Pig Out is the first collection from Chris Redmond - spoken word poet and front man of Tongue Fu - one of the UK's leading spoken word shows. It is a fusion of performance writing and page poems, mixing story forms with internal rhymes and rhythms, comic dialogue and sparser, more condensed imagery. Fox racing, fatherhood, rainbows and road kill are some of the topics candidly explored with a playful heart, a political head and a compulsion to explore the friction between cynicism and idealism. Let the Pig Out is a note to self and/or a call to arms, to embrace life in all it's mess and discord with a wild sense of curiosity and wonder.
Chris Redmond is a writer, performer and musician whose work often focuses on cross-media collaboration. A regular at UK music and literature festivals, he has performed on BBC Radio One, BBC Radio Four, Sky Arts, BBC Scotland's Culture Show and Scroobius Pip's XFM show The Beatdown. Chris is the creator and host of Tongue Fu - one of the UK's leading spoken word and music shows, where poets, comedians and storytellers perform with improvised music and films. Animal (Are you a Proper Person?) a spoken word musical comedy co-written by Chris, author/poet Anna Freeman and the Tongue Fu band (developed with support from Bristol Old Vic's Ferment and Arts Council England) will tour throughout 2016. Several poems from the book feature in the show, including the title poem, Let the Pig Out.
As an educator, Chris leads workshops in writing, performing and musicianship. Clients include the British Council (Spain, South Africa, Brazil), BBC, BAC, National Theatre, The Roundhouse, Forward Foundation and St Mary's University, Twickenham, where he leads a module called Political Cabaret on the Applied Theatre degree.