Live Literature Performance
Lamanby is a live literature performance by award-winning poet Jacob Polley, with music by John Alder, and film by Ian Fenton. Inspired by Polley’s acclaimed collection Jackself, and with the poet himself reading his work live, the performance takes the audience on a multi-media journey through the extraordinary story of an imagined childhood house which becomes the site of an alternative personal history. On the eve of the sale of the house he grew up in, an ancient rural farmhouse of creaking floors and shadows, a man returns to spend a final night in the empty rooms. What he begins to hear and experience in the dark is a strange, poetic and powerful dream-vision of the house, far bigger, more fantastic and frightening than the reality - a place resonating with its own history of voices and music.
With remarkable music and soundscapes created by John Alder, the performance resonates with voices, film, monsters and music, telling a story charged with strangeness and poetry.
Lamanby movingly explores how we might hold on to what matters.
Directed by Tess Denman Cleaver.
Produced by Durham Book Festival and supported by Arts Council England.
Jacob Polley, who was born in Carlisle and brought up in Cumbria, is regarded as one of the leading talents of the new generation of British poets. His fourth book of poems, Jackself, won the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry, the judges describing it as ‘a firework of a book; inventive, exciting and outstanding in its imaginative range and depth of feeling.’ His three previous collections are The Brink, Little Gods and The Havocs (Picador). Both The Brink and The Havocs were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and The Havocs won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His first novel, Talk of the Town, won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award.