Bold and bizarre show from storyteller Debs

Spoken word artist Debs Newbold regularly performs at venues such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Royal Opera House and the Southbank Centre. But on Friday, April 22, she brings her new show ‘Lost in Blue’ to Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax.

Using a blend of narrative and sound technology to bring storytelling to a new generation, she explores the phenomenon of living life in a coma through the prism of Vincent van Gogh’s recognisable late work Bedroom in Arles.

Debs said: “The show started off as a niggling thought about the voice. I’d just lost my nan who had an extraordinary voice with a cheeky Brum-Irish lilt totally unique to her. I had a recording of her voice on a minidisc but it was ages before I could bring myself to listen to it.

“It gave me ideas about a person who is both absent and present at the same time - and that’s where the image of a man in a coma came from.”

The show, which starts at 8pm, is directed by John Wright, founding member of Trestle and Told by an Idiot theatre companies.

Tel: 01422 349422.