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Emotional Madness with Mary-Ann & Mates

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Join Mary-Ann and mates for a night of poetry and spoken word on Three Wise Monkeys Top Floor!

This event is £3 entry which we will be collecting on the door to go towards the performers’ petrol money!


MARTIN REED (Headliner)
Martin Reed has been writing and performing for a number of years. Until 2015, he wrote and performed, professionally, for children’s street theatre. Last year, he wrote a children’s poetry book which he has been focusing on since – getting it into a publishable form. Throughout all this time, though, he has had an interest in writing and performing what might be called ‘stand-up poetry’, poetry with a humorous, and often sardonic, intent.

MARY-ANN AMBROSE (The Emotional Poet)
For most of Mary-Ann’s life she has been in and out of the Mental Health System. On different occasions Mary-Ann has been diagnosed with 3 different conditions such as Borderline Personality disorder, Bi Polar Disorder and most recently Asperger’s which is on the Autistic spectrum in which she does identify with most. One of Mary-Ann gifts is poetry and she found that through her extreme expressions whilst reading she is excellent at manipulating people’s emotions. From Reciting to her audiences she could have them laughing one minute and crying the next.

Wayne is a Colchester boy and he has been writing poetry since he was in primary school. His other interests are art,philosophy, nature and the paranormal. His poetry is mainly based around life experiences and memories and he has many styles. And can write in classic form to free verse, haiku to limericks. But there’s nothing he likes more than simply making people laugh with his funny poems. Though even some of them have hidden messages or serious undertones...

Shauna Murray is fresh from uni a few years late, where she studied Acting and Creative Performance. Now an Absurdist Playwright she has written, directed and produced 3 Absurdist plays in the past year; ‘Dot. Dot. Dot.’, ‘The Conductor’ and ‘Honey Sugar Sweetie Baby’. Her other writing includes poetry, spoken word, magazine articles and her name on the bottom of all those grown up forms. Mostly she’s just here to see if anybody else thinks like she does.

Leo George is a Jack of all creative trades. They find freedom in art and the stage has proved an excellent location to be loudly queer and autistic. They love cats, glitter and intersectional feminism.

Peter retired from teaching after forty five years in the profession. He was Head of English in three comprehensives and at St John’s School, Billericay. He now lives in Leigh on Sea. After training at Bulmershe College, Reading, he joined three colleagues on a gap year. As a result, he ended up spending three years living and teaching in Istanbul. He feels this experience enriched his later literary output. The journey there also inspired his writing. Many of his poems were first conceived between 1965 and 1980 but later edited and developed. More recent works reflect the traumas and delights experienced in the new millennium. As he puts it: “The sum total of my life experiences forms an intertextuality, underpinning the content of my poetic output.” Raised in a beautiful part of Essex, he was inspired by nature, scenery, the changing seasons and the influence of all these on the human psyche. In studying for a Master’s Degree in English at London University, he was given a profound insight into linguistic aspects of poetry as a special form of talk. He adds, “In my poetry, I attempt to communicate my thoughts by directly addressing the reader, interspersed with passages of description.” He plays in two rock bands and also performs his poems and his own songs for Southend and Colchester Poetry groups.

Life is full of little irritations, so why not come and meet another ….. Indie Skreet rhymes her way through breasts, bores, political correctness or whatever takes her fancy, on the day. Indie has been letting off steam since a teenager and published her poetical autobiography in 2014.

Belinda Baker has been active in the poetry scene in Colchester on and off for the last six years. Her poetry comes from the heart expressing her own life experiences and emotions which resonate with others. She started writing poetry as therapy getting through depression, surviving breast cancer and an abusive marriage, finding the pleasure of release in performance. She describes herself as an armchair activist, community minded and ideas person looking at the positives in any situation.

Jacko Pook is an artist who has spent the last six years developing his skills in the South East. He has turned his hand to acting, poetry, playwriting, and music. He currently resides in Ipswich but is a familiar face on Colchester's stages as an actor and on it's streets as a busker.