“Provoked to madness by the brutality of wealth” heading for Leeds

Published: 20 September 2020
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Provoked to madness by the brutality of wealth

A homeless hostel 'support worker' once said to gobscure, “What d’ya need books for? You’re homeless.”

Now, in provoked to madness by the brutality of wealth (his use of lower case) he gets his revenge.

That revenge? Thirteen years of reading, graduating from the Open University in 2016 and creating a highly visual performance which is all about asking questions, regaining our voices, rewriting the future, kicking the bucket, demonstrating how red tape saves lives, asking if the money is happy, offering creative resistances and ultimately estate-agent plastic gets turned into a wee home lit by a book.

There's even crime-scene tape and free zines for all!

Playwright and poet gobscure, as I said in my review of his joey at Northern Stage in Newcastle invites you to "sit and watch and listen, and the power of the language, the rhythm of the speaking and the hypnotic movement carry you along, immerse you in this world."

The development of this work was supported as part of BOOST, the Third Angel Mentoring Scheme 2019, in association with Sheffield Theatres. It has also been supported by a Camden People's Theatre bursary, ARC Stockton residency and being part of Art of Protest, a Bethlem Gallery group exhibition, as well as a Museum of Homelessness bursary.

The one-hour, no interval, socially-distanced performance is at 5:00 on Sunday 27 September at The Holbeck in Leeds, the oldest social club in Britain, managed by Slung Low. It is a Pay What You Decide show.