EGIL. Bike Shed Theatre 7-9 November 2016
Foxhole Theatre Company (see below) ie myself and Howard Gayton, are performing Egil, my 60-minute (or slightly more) rhyming version of the Icelandic Saga of the Viking poet Egil, at The Bike Shed, Exeter, 7-9 November. Howard is there only on the 9th, as he has to teach at East 15 - on the 9th he'll be accompanying with electric guitar, cajon, spoons, kazoo, mandolin etc. This is shaping up to be a highly unusual show. We are delighted that Rosie Race, who is to play Beatrice in DANTE AND BEATRICE, is working on EGIL for us as producer. We aim to set up a tour for next year. We have another date at Dartington in December, details to follow.
I am developing a new commedia company, FOXHOLE THEATRE COMPANY, with Howard Gayton, who was the director of Ophaboom Theatre Company.
We have developed a two-hander commedia script, Sorry About the Poetry, to be performed by the two of us.
We have decided to precede this with a tour of my poem EGIL. This is a one-hour version in rhyming verse, of the saga of the outrageous Viking poet Egil. Howard accompanies on electric guitar, mandolin and percussion. There will be a small set in the form of a curtain, and some costume, though not period. We reckon this will be a highly portable, highly entertaining, visceral piece of poetry performance/theatre, informed by our Commedia explorations.
EGIL opens at the Bike Shed Theatre, November 7th 2016. There are performances on the 8th and 9th, but these will be without Howard, who will be replaced by a small cd player.
I have written some script for the latest show by RIOTOUS COMPANY, Scherzo for Piano and Stick, which is on at the Print Room, Notting Hill Gate, Oct.17-20 2016. THE STAGE described the text as - 'Peter Oswald's deceptively simple, mesmeric verse'.
Book Launch and further sonnet performances
My book SONNETS OF VARIOUS SIZES, published by Shearsman, is launched on 11th Oct. 2016 at Swedenborg House, Bloomsbury, London.
Next performance - of both Sonnets, and HELEN (but probably not in black headscarf)
Plymouth: 2 November 2016
University of Plymouth
Devonport Lecture Theatre
I performed Three Folktales in 2015 at: The Folger Theatre, Washington DC, the Hay Festival, the Wells Festival, the Flavel Centre, Totnes Cinema and others. A tour is being planned for 2016, taking in Britain and the US. Watch this space for dates and times.
Meanwhile, here's a three minute video about it and a short film of its beginning.