Imogen Stirling Poetry in association with Theatre503 presents...


Written by Imogen Stirling
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RUNNING TIME: 50mins (no interval)

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. Fusing a modern take on poetry with an original supporting score, whip-cracking with energy and dark humour, #Hypocrisy unsettles in order to encourage change. Imogen Stirling 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.

Imogen Stirling

Imogen Stirling is a spoken word artist, writer, theatre maker and musician. She completed a music tour around mainland Europe before transitioning to spoken word. She has since gained recognition on the UK poetry scene and festival circuit; most recently playing at Latitude Festival this summer.
Imogen's work has been featured in numerous national publications and has been heard on BBC Music Introducing, BBC Kent and Amsterdam FM. She toured with hip hop/poetry collective Words w/ Friends this summer before debuting her solo show #Hypocrisy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She was also the featured guest artist at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for the city's event in support of UN International Day of Peace 2018.
Ross Somerville's credits include six Edinburgh Fringe shows as a composer including Lace Up (Trig Point Theatre/New Celts) and 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.


Artistic Team
Imogen Stirling
Ross Somerville
Imogen Stirling

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