What is the Word

Contact: Kate Withers (Email)

Presented by Chris Goode and Company

For the last fifteen years, acclaimed writer/performer Chris Goode (Men in the Cities, Jubilee) has been presenting occasional live anthologies of experimental work from the margins of the 20th century: avant-garde, hybrid and outsider texts that still have the power to startle, disorient and enthral contemporary audiences. 

In this ‘best of’ selection, Chris is focusing on works that foreground the strangeness of language and the weird and awesome border-zone where text meets music meets noise. The programme includes works by Samuel Beckett, Gertrude Stein, Christopher Knowles, Bob Cobbing and Michael Basinski, as well as a rare chance to hear a complete performance of Kurt Schwitters’ extraordinary Ursonate. 

What a treat, what an absolute gift.’ – Exeunt 

‘The woman next to me spent most of the time shaking her head in disbelief, while a man in front was nodding his head with eyes closed in almost religious fervour.’ – Total Theatre 

‘Absolutely ace’ – Mark Thomas 



Wickham Theatre

Cantocks Close

Date: Wed, 11th Mar 2020
Time: 19:30

Price: £10

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Performance Accessibility Information:

Disabled access (please advise in advance) and hearing loop

Accessibility Contact: Kate Withers