Six bad poets

By Christopher Reid
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Six Bad Poets, Christopher Reid’s “farce in verse” is a glorious theatre piece for six actors – the six eponymous poets. Charles Prime “an old forgotten poet” is back in town, fresh from two failed marriages and a spell in gaol. He is on the hunt for free booze, free digs, and (unlikely possibility perhaps) free sex. He quickly targets two ex-lovers – elegant, refined Antonia Candling (“the doyenne of London poetry”), and the more earthy, libidinous Bryony Butters (“poet, novelist and more besides”).

Meanwhile Jonathan Wilderness, (“a young poet on the make”), sees the opportunity to make his name by writing a scurrilous biography of Charles Prime, and is not too scrupulous as to how he will go about his researches.

Then there’s Jane Steep (“a poet still in search of her voice”) wondering how to escape from her dead-end job at Sunny’s Kebab and Pizza restaurant; and Derek Dufton, (“poet and academic”), who falls asleep in his own lectures, and is facing a charge of sexually harassing one of his students.

How the lives these six poets intertwine gives rise to a deliciously farcical – and sometimes surprisingly moving – comedy about love, life, death, sex, and the writing of poetry.
We do not accept Amex.
Recommended for ages 14+
This production runs for approximately 80 minutes.
20th, 21st and 22nd June 2019
Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £15

Concession (under 26, over 60, unemployed, student)


The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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