During the week beginning 8th September Big Up Words (BUW) held a series of spoken word events at Chapel Arts. This had two goals, firstly to provide Andover with good quality spoken word events and secondly to raise the Chapel’s profile in the town.
Audience reaction was overwhelmingly positive. A common request was to "tell us when any more events like this are happening."
Altogether 48 people were involved either as audience or readers, of whom only three had previously visited the chapel.
The events were:
9th September – WW1 Open Mic Poetry Reading
11th September – When The Lamps Went Out Poetry Reading
12th September – Duncan Dreams - this was the first performance of a prequel to Macbeth, written by Roy Chatfield, performed by John Baxter and directed by Ian Flintoff (Founder of Shakespeare United). There were twenty-nine in the audience – a full house – we’ll now be rehearsing the piece further with a view to another reading later (possibly in Romsey).
Roy Chatfield says: "Several people commented on the lack of adventurous theatre in Andover. The problem is that the audience for such drama is insufficient to make it viable for the Lights and there Andover lacks small scale studio space such as The Mill at the Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford (40 capacity). The opportunity to use Chapel arts was very welcome and those involved are grateful to TVAF and David for making it possible."