UPDATE: SOLD OUT
Cape Town Performance, 29th April, 2016
Venue: The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
The Poets’ Question is a highly enjoyable presentation featuring works of some of the best-known modern poets. The poems are read with skill and precision by actor John Carson. Lex Loizides examines the relationship between the poets’ expressions of longing and the possibility of spiritual truth. The presentation is a fine blend of literary insight and the discovery of an intellectually satisfying spirituality.
It debuted in Cape Town, South Africa and was first presented in the UK at Queen’s College, Oxford, followed by sold-out performances in Cambridge and Norwich.
Poets featured in The Poets’ Question include, among others, WB Yeats, TS Eliot, Stevie Smith, Robert Frost, John Crowe Ransom and Dylan Thomas.
Comments from previous performances of The Poets’ Question
Fantastic evening. What a great presentation! (Cape Town)
Well researched, well written and well read. Not to be missed. (Oxford)
Excellent readings, well presented, good pace, good linking between readings. (Cambridge)
Thoroughly enjoyable evening. My PhD friends loved it. (Oxford)
Well thought through and prepared, beautifully delivered. I really enjoyed it. (Cape Town)
The Poets’ Question – a great opportunity for interesting conversations. (Cape Town)
Wonderful mix of conversational tone and performance. Oh, for the voice of John Carson! (Cambridge)
The highlight for me was hearing the poems read with such rich eloquence. Beautiful! (Oxford)
Lex’s presentation was so well done. John Carson’s reading was fabulous. (Cape Town)
Excellent – no hint of anything boring! (Cambridge)
Excellent evening. Loved the discussions around the poems that followed. (Cape Town)
Very good. Brought the poems alive! (Norwich)
About the speakers
John Carson The Internet Movie Data Base page on John Carson features some of his 328 movie and television appearances including his role as Mr Knightly in the BBC’s adaptation of Emma by Jane Austen.
He is a prolific actor who appeared constantly on UK screens throughout the mid 50s until the mid 80s and is still acting today, although mainly in movies. The secret of John’s success has been his versatility and his wonderful voice.
In July 2009 he made a rare appearance at a John Carson Celebration Day in London where he talked at length about his long career in television, film and stage. His continuing popularity was evident by the large attendance. John remains one of our finest and most familiar actors to this day.
Lex Loizides is a modern hymn-writer and speaker and is based in Cape Town South Africa. His songs have been recorded in a variety of different styles, from Salvation Army Brass band compilations to the more soulful and rocky style of Pentecostal Revivalists. A recording of one of his hymns was released by the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He has been published in the UK and in South Africa’s literary magazines Prufrock and New Contrast. His lifelong love for poetry and his interest in Christian spirituality come together in The Poets’ Question.
John and Lex have collaborated on eight literary events in the UK and South Africa.
The Poetry of CS Lewis
John and Lex also collaborated on a presentation on the life and poetry of CS Lewis which has been performed in Cambridge and Norwich and Cape Town. Click on this links for more details: CS LEWIS: THE POET