As if that’s not enough by itself, we get to perform in the incredibly surreal, ‘Round Room’ (see image above) inside the Port Eliot House. The room was painted by the intriguing Southwest artist Robert Lenkiewicz over a period of 30yrs (left still unfinished at his death). The work was referred to as the ‘Riddle Mural’ and Wikipedia informs me that “half of the mural in the 12m diameter room shows death, destruction, insanity, unrequited love, and the apocalyptic end of the world. The other half reflects love and affection, friendships, harmony, proportion and consensus. Hidden in the work are various references to family skeletons, art history and cabalistic mysteries, hence the name – the Riddle Mural.” I can only hope to conjure up a set of poetry worthy of such an environment and in a mission to do so will spend the next two weeks twisting my brain around, inside out, and back again to see if I can produce something… fitting.
If you’re there, do come find us in the Round Room – Port Eliot Festival – 12.15pm, Fri 22nd July.
And if you haven’t got tickets yet, there are still some available, starting at £35 for a Friday day ticket. Click here to buy.