Edgar Allan Poe: The Haunted Palace

06th November 2017 19:30
Wiltons Music Hall
1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London E1 8JB
His tales of terror and haunting lyric poetry will make any quiet heart beat faster. Step inside Wilton's Music Hall this November and enter the chilling world of Edgar Allan Poe.

Leave fascinated and terrified in equal measure. This night of discussion, live poetry, immersive audio and Poe-inspired music from Kevin Le Gendre’s band Re:EAP will steep you in the sublime poetry of a spectacular literary figure.

The master of melodrama, mystery and macabre, the eerie Edgar Allan Poe has frightened and delighted since The Raven found an audience in the 1840s. Known primarily as the father of crime fiction, fans of his nightmarish poetry include Charles Baudelaire, Lou Reed and Tracy Emin.

We will hear from Director of the Manchester Centre of Gothic Studies Dr Linnie Blake; broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre on Poe and music and the musicians Beibei WangMirayam Solomon, Roland Ramanan and Roderick Corbeau (aka Re:EAP). Poe's words will be brought to life by actor Paapa Essiedu.

For the final part of the evening, In the Dark Radio will plunge the audience into pitch black, so that you can feel the full effects of Poe’s icy poetry as it swirls around the atmospheric room of Wilton’s Music Hall turning it into a haunted palace.

Dr Linnie Blake is founder and Head of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies and Reader in Gothic Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is Convenor of the annual Gothic Manchester Festival. She has published widely on topics as diverse as Edgar Allan Poe and the Situationist International, German Necroporn and Japanese and Thai horror cinema. Her most recent book (with Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet), is Neoliberal Gothic: International Gothic of the Neoliberal Age (Manchester University Press, 2017).

Kevin Le Gendre is a journalist and broadcaster with an interest in black music, literature and culture. Since the late ‘90s he has written about soul, jazz, African and Caribbean musicians and authors for a wide variety of publications that includes Echoes, Jazzwise, and The Independent, He has also contributed to and presented programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4 such as Jazz Line Up and Front Row. In 2013 his first book Soul Unsung: Reflections On The Band In Black Popular Music was published to critical acclaim. Kevin has been part of a number of music projects exploring Edgar Allan Poe and can be heard on BBC Radio 4 in a piece exploring Poe's connection to music.

Re:EAP is an adventurous new musical celebration of literary giant Edgar Allan Poe. Percussionist Beibei Wang, vocalist Miryam Solomon, trumpeter Roland Ramanan and bassist Roderick Corbeau draw on the timeless poems and short stories of one of the great pioneers of gothic horror and psycho drama to create an original sound world. Re:EAP’s songs tell their own tales of the unexpected, full of stark and at times seductive imagery.

Paapa Essiedu is a British actor known for his work in theatre, film and television. A graduate of Guildhall, he played Hamlet at the RSC earlier this year, and also starred in Sam Mendes’ King Lear at the National Theatre.

In the Dark Radio is a collaborative project between a new generation of radio producers and radio enthusiasts. They aim to create a mini-revolution in the way people think about spoken-word radio by lifting it out of its traditional settings and celebrating it in new and exciting ways. Over the last five years they have commissioned new works from producers around the world, and staged countless live listening events at festivals, theatres, cinemas and museums. They firmly believe that sound tells the best stories.

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