Imogen Stirling Poetry in association with Theatre503 presents...
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#Hypocrisy fuses a modern take on poetry with an original supporting score. Whip-cracking with energy and dark humour, it unsettles in order to encourage change. Imogen Stirling’s voice is strong as she tackles contemporary issues of politics and gender but with a lightness of touch that leaves hope rather than hopelessness in her wake – hers is an iron hand in a velvet glove. Debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, #Hypocrisy sold out its run, was endorsed by Loki the Scottish rapper and author, and was longlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.
Lost in the bliss of foreign travel, Imogen joyfully succumbs to the spoils of Western privilege. Returning to Scotland, a harsh society confronts her. Dangerous politicians prevail, the media sells fictions masquerading as reality, an ocean of social media sympathy pours forth for Western terror victims, yet backs turn on the migrant crisis. What staggering hypocrisy. Through examining who is tying our blindfolds and why we let them, #Hypocrisy reminds us that in complacency lies the most heart-stopping terror.
#Hypocrisy is the debut collaboration between spoken word artist, Imogen Stirling, and Scottish musician/composer, Ross Somerville, whose music centres around ambient textures with driving melodies. Among his various credits are 6 Edinburgh Fringe shows as a composer including Lace Up (Trig Point Theatre/New Celts **), Erin, Errol and the Earth Creatures (Modest Predicament **). #Hypocrisy marks his 7th outing as a composer and is his first time scoring for spoken word.
Imogen Stirling is a spoken word artist, writer, theatre maker and musician.
She completed a one year music tour around mainland Europe before transitioning to spoken word. She has since swiftly gained recognition within the UK poetry scene and festival circuit, most recently playing at Latitude Festival this summer.
Her work has been featured in numerous national publications and has been heard on BBC Music Introducing, BBC Kent and Amsterdam FM.
Imogen toured with hip hop/poetry collective Words w/ Friends in summer 2018 before debuting her solo show #Hypocrisy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show sold out its run and was longlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. She was the featured guest artist at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for the city's event in support of UN International Day of Peace 2018.
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