‘TOWN’ – a verse/drama


Multimedia artwork for TOWN, image: Karen Rossart

Rosie knows that her questions are dangerous.

Aunty will hang them out like dead moles on the back fence.

The stench will turn milk sour.

TOWN is the moving tale of Rosie’s quest to find her birth mother, helped by a stranger and the magic of the town’s annual Festival. Dragons on bicycles, devils playing guitars and ‘a bit of magic after all these years’. This is only part of the glittering backdrop.

“Lively, bawdy, a verbal Beryl Cook fleshes out the secret worlds pulsing under the surface of an ordinary county town.”
“Tremendous performance of great narrative and immediate imagery. A triumph.”
“Great pace.  Funny.  Sad. Poignant”
“I felt totally involved in the story and felt as if I was in the town with characters I knew”

Performed on tour by Joy Winkler and Andrew Rudd

“Huge talent – superbly conceived and performed”
 “Superb combination of words, music and art”

The audience loved it – says the independent evaluation report!

  • 79% of the audience members who completed a survey said that the show had exceeded their expectations.
  • 99.5% of audience members said that they would come to another event featuring TOWN artists.
  • 68% of audience members left the show more interested and enthused about spoken word than when they had arrived.
  • 12 out of the 13 promoters said that the professionalism of Joy and her associates had exceeded their expectations, both in terms of artistic skill and delivery and the organisational work that had gone on behind putting the tour together:

Film backdrop produced by Ian Coppack features additional artwork by Karen Ross and Carl Longmate. TOWN was directed by Kevin Dyer in association with Action Transport Theatre and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.