Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
The Martial Art of Words
Image from thephotographersgallery.org.uk
The ability to recite poetry is like Kung Fu; it is an art. Some might say a martial art, because words are slippery creatures that can trip you up. You have to tackle them, but not with force, rather with agility and a focussed mind. And you will be hard pressed to find a group better at winning a war of words than Tongue Fu. These artists are just like tofu; they have silky speech and are very absorbing.
When Tongue Fu start to speak, it is like going into a trance. Tongue twisters are no match for them. They pull them off flawlessly with speed, rhythm, and panache. Tongue Fu also has musicians; their key players include Riaan Vosloo on bass, Arthur Lea on keyboard, and Patrick Davey on the drums. Performances are not only a feast for the ears, but also the eyes, as they always provide stimulating visuals, such as background video projections.
You can get swept away by their Tongue Fu moves on the 27th March at the Photographers' Gallery. Tickets are £12 or £10 concessions, and will include guest acts, Salena Godden and nineteen year old Toby Thompson, who has already been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company.