Torriano Meeting House

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Poetry Art Politics Community 

Torriano Meeting House  is a user-funded grass-roots volunteer-run arts and community organisation in Kentish Town. We are best known for our poetry events but we have many other long running strands including storytelling for adults, writing and storytelling workshops, hosting local political campaigning groups, theatrical events, left wing folk club, and we very much support grass-roots creativity and social change.  

Torriano is a space for you to organise events and projects.

“What is the purpose of resisting corporate globalization if not to protect the obscure, the ineffable, the unmarketable, the unmanageable, the local, the poetic and the eccentric? So they need to be practiced, celebrated and studied too, right now.” – Rebecca Solnit
 

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Excitements of the month

april may 2018

Talking Stick

Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 April

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Alice Violet Campbell
Daisy Young
Martin Esseman
Marianne Murray 
Rachel Isabel
Simone de Villiers

And guests tbc ♥

Swing on over to the lovely Torriano Meeting house for our three day Talking Stick extravaganza.

A talking stick is a tool for speech we remember using at primary school. It wasn’t always a stick – often it was a bean bag or something with a face, but if you had it you could talk and if you didn’t you couldn’t. Everyone had a turn unless you were a mouthy little shit at school.

The talking stick is an instrument of democracy used by aboriginal and indigenous cultures. The stick is passed through the group to ensure that even the shyest are heard, and prevent loud voices from dominating conversation.

Thursday 26th
7pm Opening Night Performances

Friday 27th
12-6pm Exhibition open to public
7pm Life Drawing Class

Saturday 28th
Coffee Morning
Talking Stick Craft Workshop
Poetry Tombola

7pm Closing Night Film Screening

Stay tuned! More information to come!

Torriano Poetry Tonight

April 15th – Dan Kennedy and Roy Lockett: songs and poetry

7.30pm. £5/£4 according to pocket.

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Puppet Richard II comes to Torriano

Coming on Sunday 6th May The Life and Death of Puppet King Richard II performed by Pocket Epics

Torriano Film Society

For International Women’s Day:

“Make More Noise” suffragettes in silent film, plus surprise shorts. Free.
Thursday 8 March 7.30

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Magma deaf issue exhibition

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International Women’s Day 2018

4th March, 3pm

New Factory of the Eccentric Actor celebrates with performance, readings, tea and cake. Revolutionary songs will be sung. Free!

Metamorphic

Torriano Poetry Sunday 4th February 2018, 7.30pm. £5/£4 according to pocket

The launch of Metamorphic – contemporary responses to Ovid’s Metamorphosis. Readers Maggie Butt, Anne Caldwell, Oliver Comins, Anne-Marie Fyfe, Philip Gross, Steven Matthews, Paul Munden, Nessa O’Mahony, George Szirtes and Jane Yeh

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Antonio del Pollaiolo Apollo and Daphne

Hungarian Film Club

Saturday 10th February 3 pm

Fényes szelek by Miklós Jancsó 

Paralleling the dramatic student protests and riots that were exploding across the world in the 1960s at the time the film was made, Fényes szelek, (The Confrontation) is a story of protest and rebellion in 1947 Hungary when the Communist Party have just taken power.

Jancso’s first colour film is another virtuoso display by a director at the peak of his powers, and eloquently explores the complex issues and inherent problems of revolutionary democracy.

 

John Hegley starts the January season

Torriano Poetry Sunday 21 January 7.30pm.  

Guest poet John Hegley.
The writer and performer John Hegley has been described as the Spike Milligan for our time, and as ‘awesomely mundane’ by The Independent . Described by Peace News as ‘devastatingly funny magical word master’

Poets from the floor welcome

£5/4 according to pocket

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John Hegley reading

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