In the beginning the Psychicbread Show was purely poetry and percussion. A rich vein of word play and polyrhythms from which we mined such gems as 'The Helical Staircase' and 'Stop the Week'. In time though the vein petered out and we were scratching around in the dust and playing in piles of spoil hoping to find something we might have missed, when a strange shape appeared on our horizon. It was Nick the Hat and his African harp, the kora, which complete with metal tunings to cope with our changing weather, brought a certain mesmeric melody to our sticks and skins and hitting things. It has to be said that some took offence to the Hat's rakish charm and soon Mark discovered he was no longer shouting over the thundering sounds of 7 drummers but intoning his thoughts to music. Deb Rose picked up her piano and twirling it on her fingertips unleashed a simmering genius, while John (Saracen) Thorne now gathered all the drums and beat them with enthusiasm.
Heres what some people have said about the Psychicbread show: "New musical theatre... a rewarding, exotic experience, not to be missed. Billed as Spoken Word, this underplays the complexity of Marks unique genre. His stories are imaginatively enhanced by an evocative sound-track created by the music, percussion, and vocals of Psychicbread and the effect is spell-binding." (Sarah Jones, Oxford Festival Fringe)
Inspired... one of the most accomplished performance poets in the land. His wide-eyed delivery drawing the audience into a world where things are not quite what they seem. The Guardian
Mark Gwynne Jones and the Psychicbread are:
M G Jones on words, flute, harmonica and wind pipe
Deb Rose on vocals, piano, synth-bass, vibes, marimba, darabouka, groove box and gong
John Thorne on vocals, djun djun, djembe, udu, drum kit and all that can be struck
Nick L Pearson on vocals, kora, sitar, guitar, spring drum and kalimba
Psychicbread Film is a collaboration between Mark Gwynne Jones, Andy Lawrence and John Stephen to bring together poetry, film and music in a cinematic web experience. To discover more of Andy Lawrence see here
Workshops Individually and collectively we provide a variety of workshops. From performance poetry and creative writing to digital film-making, broadcast, photography, music and art.
If you are interested in running one of our workshops and would like to know more see here or contact:
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