How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia

Date: Saturday 3 November
Time: 7.45pm
Location: NST City
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How to Keep Time is a mesmeric show, bringing together drumming and spoken words through which poems become beats and beats become glitches in time. The show will be supported by Sarah Hesketh.

In this experimental performance, Antosh tells the story of his Polish grandfather’s struggle against Alzheimer’s and the effect it had on those around him. Aiming to de-stigmatise dementia, How to Keep Time unlocks critical questions about memory and language.

What happens when memories disappear?

Where do they go and can we get them back?

Can drums be used to communicate with our loved ones?
“It brought me to tears so many times, and it does an incredible job of showing what it feels like to have someone you love sat before you, and yet still be lost to themselves.” ★★★★

-Broadway Baby

“Inspiring and Original” ★★★★★

-British Theatre

“Moving, entertaining and uplifting”

-Stuart Bartholomew, Verve Poetry Festival

“Terrific use of drumming as a bridge for language in dementia”
-Maria Parsons, Creative Dementia Arts Network

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Antosh Wojcik

Antosh Wojcik sq

Antosh Wojcik is a poet, performer, writer, facilitator. He is a Resident Artist at The Roundhouse and is a member of London-based poetry collectives, Kid Glove and Burn After Reading.

Antosh was joint champion of the Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2013. He has performed at many events around the UK, including TEDx East End 2015 and festivals such as Poetry&Words Glastonbury, Latitude and Bestival, as well as internationally at Sofia Poetics 2015.

He was part of The Last Poets’ Speak Up Newcomer Tour 2015, in which he was commissioned with three other poets to write and perform a collaborative piece responding to ‘This Is Madness.’ He leads writing workshops in schools and other contexts for all ages.

Sarah Hesketh

Sarah Hesketh sq

Sarah Hesketh is a poet and freelance project manager. She holds a BA in English Literature from Merton college, Oxford and an MA in Creative Writing from UEA and from 2015-2017, Sarah developed and co-managed the Mixed Borders Residence for London Parks and Gardens Trust.

In 2015, Sarah was commissioned by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to produce ‘Grains of Light’, a sequence of poems based around the story of Holocaust survivor Eve Kulger. She was the Poet in Residence with Age Concern Central Lancashire 2013-14.

In 2014, she was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. For five years, she was the Assistant Director at English PEN, and since 2012 has worked for organisations such as the Poetry Translation Centre, The Reading Agency and Free Word, managing projects such as World Book Night and International Translation Day.

Sarah’s collection The Hard Word Box was published in 2014, and was longlisted for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize. Her first collection of poetry, Napoleon’s Travelling Bookshelf, was published in 2009 and was highly commended in the Forward Prize 2010. In 2007, her collaboration with composer Alastair Caplin was performed at the Leeds Lieder Festival.

Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies including Agenda, The White Review, Birdbook III, Soundings, Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot and Binders Full of Women. She was an editor at Oxford Poetry Magazine and is now the editor of The Emma Press Anthology of Age.

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