Helen Cusack O’Keeffe, Cecilia Knapp & Matthew Silver will perform new works and improvisations beginning 18hr on 21. 01. 2018 @ Tennessee Bar 12 Rue André Mazet, 75006 Paris
Helen Cusack O’Keeffe is a writer and maker of things to wear or put on your walls. Her fiction has been published mostly in journals and anthologies including The Bastille, Strangers in Paris (Tightrope Press) and Gods, Memes and Monsters (Stoneskin Press) Her plays: The Terrible Mystery of Ophelia Dupont-Cassé, and Napoleon, Femme, Rhinocéros featured in the Montmartre Dionysias of 2014 and 2015, Holey Tuscany in various fringe theatres in 2017 and 2016. Based in Paris for many years, she is also prose and art editor of Paris Lit Up magazine, decorator of the Poetry Brothel and Farmer-in-Chief of Surrealist Fashion magazine Le Farming Times. As Madame PomPom de la TourAwfful, she creates Surrealist clothing and styles photo shoots with photographer Jean-Baptiste Rivet, who took this shot of her above, in a dress she made from baguette wrappers.
Cecilia Knapp, Helen Cusack O’Keeffe & Matthew Silver will perform new works and improvisations beginning 18hr on 21. 01. 2018 @ Tennessee Bar 12 Rue André Mazet, 75006 Paris
Cecilia Knapp is a writer, performer, theatre maker and poet. Over the last few years Cecilia has headlined at some of the UK’s top poetry nights. She’s performed on stages at festivals including Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Wilderness. She’s also taken work to the Edinburgh Fringe as well as internationally and shared work at the Cheltenham Literature Festival where she was guest curator in 2016. She was an artist in residence at the Roundhouse, where she spent a year on their board as a young trustee. More recently she’s been artist in residence at Pimlico Library creating work with the community. Her poetry has been played on XFM, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, 5 LIVE and 1Xtra and she has featured in Vogue, Dazed and Jungle magazines. She was recently commissioned by BBCiplayer and the TATE Britain. Cecilia delivered a Ted X talk at Warwick university on the theme of creativity and healing. She has received a substantial Arts Council grant to write and develop her own one woman spoken word theatre show ‘Finding Home’, an exploration of loss, mental health and womanhood, directed by Stef O’Driscoll ( Kate Tempest’s ‘Hopelessly Devoted’). This has recently been published by Burning Eye Books and has toured the UK extensively. She writes for theatre and is currently touring a devised experimental theatre piece ‘Rear View’ with Yorkshire based company I.O.U. She is writing her first novel. Her debut collection of poetry will be published in 2018 by Burning Eye Books.
Cecilia has been described as ‘mesmerising’ and ‘totally gripping.’ Her writing has been described as ‘light as a birds feather’ (Lyn Gardner) and focuses on the poetry in everyday life, experience and human interaction. She believes writing and sharing stories to be transformative and uniting.
Alongside performing, Cecilia regularly facilitates creative writing and spoken word workshops in schools and youth centres in London and the rest of the UK as well as internationally. She’s also worked in libraries, prisons, hospitals, workplaces and theatres delivering workshops to a wide range of people. Cecilia believes wholeheartedly in the benefits of creative expression and how it can be transformative. She’s chaired panels at the London Festival of Education and the Roundhouse’s Last Word Festival, discussing the importance of creativity in the curriculum. Alongside writing, performing and teaching she co runs a poetry, comedy and music night which raises money and awareness for C.A.L.M (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) .The charity aims to reduce the silent stigma around depression, mental health and suicide. Cecilia believes that writing and creativity can contribute to reducing this stigma and can have a hugely positive impact on those suffering or affected.
Matthew Silver, Helen Cusack O’Keeffe & Cecilia Knapp will perform new works and improvisations beginning 18hr on 21. 01. 2018 @ Tennessee Bar 12 Rue André Mazet, 75006 Paris
My role as a clown, trickster and village idiot is to parody excessive seriousness by playing with taboos, rules, and social norms. My inspiration comes from my heart. I perform for smiles and laughter, loosening people’s armor, and opening up a portal for imagination, creativity and love.
Some people see me as a raving lunatic, pompous “artistic” hipster, or attention-starved 9 year-old, but people don’t consciously understand the role of a clown in society. Read between the lines and you will start to see things from a different perspective. By breaking down boundaries, I provide you, the viewer, with permission to open your mind and realize it’s okay to act silly from time to time. We may trick ourselves into believing we know everything, constantly striving for perfection in a society that requires a civilized, job-holding, serious individual. We cannot be perfect. If we allow ourselves the chance to be flawed perhaps we can let the obstacles humble us, rather than make us rigid. In the end we can let our guards down to attain our most basic need of giving and receiving love.
Meet Matthew, The Pacifist ‘Clown’ Who Brings Burning Man To NYC. Created by Nicolas Heller from the No Your City series.
For more info’ check out Matthew’s website Man In White Dress