Matt Abbott to perform 'Two Little Ducks' show on Brexit and refugees in Marsden tonight

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Spoken word poet Matt Abbott will be performing his Two Little Ducks show, which is based on his experiences as a volunteer with refugees in Calais but is also an attempt to explain why his area – Wakefield – voted to quite the EU, at Marsden library on Friday 15 March at 7.30pm. Two LIttle Ducks was widely acclaimed when performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. The event is being staged by Marsden the Poetry Village, and after the show there will be a Q&A session led by host and Write Out Loud director Julian Jordon. More details

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John Darwin

Fri 1st Mar 2019 19:36

Please go to see this if you can. I saw the show in Preston recently...

Two Little Ducks - Matt Abbott, Preston 13/2/19

Preston was alive with police horses, TAU vehicles and in the pall of a late winter evening when I arrived. My first sight was of a young man, down on his luck, being arrested, apparently for having a drink in the street.

“When she’s alone she feels horny
When they have sex she wants to cry”

Matt Abbott comes alive on stage. In person is shy and self-effacing. As a writer and performer he is anything but.

Two little ducks starts with a poem apparently lauding the virtues of Brexit. I don’t think the B word is mentioned throughout the show but it is a perceptive, thoughtful exposition of what happened in 2016 and beyond.

Matt does things that others may not be bothered with. Spending time in the jungle at Calais. Talking, living and taking in the lives of marginalised people. Refugees. People in desperate need. People who we should all identify with. He does.

Taking the stark truth of the death of deep seam mining and how it affected his own family history and his destiny as a writer and performer strikes the most human of chords. It works.

After the performance the audience gathered around him for questions. I didn’t hear most of his responses but all were in thrall.

Great night, great show.

I think Matt is doing more. Check his website and twitter feed for details.

I started this with a quote from Matt’s poem ‘Echoes from the bottom of a well’

Two little ducks. Not always comfortable. rarely nice, but quacking great. See it when you can.
DARWIN

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