Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Spoken Word (poetry, new writing)

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  • The Stand’s New Town Theatre - Lower Hall
  • 11:45
  • Aug 16
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson / Stand Comedy Club
  • Warnings and additional info: All Seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted.
  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 1 year


Together once more, presenting an hour of pensive pleasure and glorious musical diversion in an intimate, informal setting. Fresh from her 10-year tenure as a popular and accessible Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy brings a selection of much-loved favourites interspersed with stimulating and provocative new work and musical interludes from the irrepressible and effervescent multi-instrumentalist John Sampson. With virtuosic skill and idiosyncratic humour, he conducts a tour of music from the medieval to the modern on an array of period instruments.

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General venue access

  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Inside the venue, there is a steep internal staircase consisting of 20 steps leading to the basement where The Lower Hall space is located. There is alternative wheelchair access from Rose Street North Lane. Seating is level and unfixed within this venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Paul 88 days ago

A spoken word performance with musical interludes. I don’t suppose everyone would agree but I think the format succeeded because it allowed a little time here and there for internalisation and reflection. John Sampson’s playing of wind instruments from various countries and times is exciting and fun and certainly done with a twinkle in his eye. The recently demited Poet Laureate reads from her own anthologies and chose a really varied selection. Her voice was clear and nicely paced and her character shone through the readings. That they are beautifully written goes without saying but the range of subjects, the acerbic wit and the deep emotion are almost without parallel. An enjoyable, yet challenging hour – and an oasis of calm within the frenetic pace of the rest of the Fringe. A perfect start to our Sunday morning.

alan Kennedy 92 days ago

Very privileged to listen to CAD and John. Poems wonderfully read, funny, moving, emotive, well balanced by John’s skilful playing. Many thanks

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

t’s time to forgive Carol Ann Duffy for those school lessons where we thumped our heads on the desk, forced to learn her work. Helping us do this, is frequent collaborator John Sampson, who has been performing with Duffy for over a decade.Her choice of work comes chiefly from two...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

For over a decade poet-laureate Carol Ann Duffy has been performing with Scottish multi-instrumentalist John A Sampson. At first glance, his silly ditties and her sullen growls might seem an unlikely pairing. Perhaps this is why they’re such a potent mix, eac...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 96 days ago

Introducing Carol Ann Duffy to the stage with a trumpet call, indicating a rally of the troops, seems befitting for the hour with the world-renowned poet. Having just finished her ten-year tenure as Poet Laureate, Duffy is eager to share some of her favourite poems, including new work.Choosing The World's...

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