Reading at Queen Elizabeth House Feb. 6th. 2017

This was a return visit at the request of the residents and we tried to put together a varied programme of old favourites and poetry which could be read in parts. We also asked the residents to help us out with the chorus, ‘Heigh ho! How pleasant it is to have money’ from a poem of the same title by Arthur Hugh Clough

This time we provided our own audio equipment and the room was arranged differently so that we were closer to the residents and they were all facing towards us.

There was only one request, the same as before, from a gentleman who was delighted to hear us once again read John of Gaunt’s speech from Shakespeare’s Richard !!.

We only had one disgruntled member of the audience who had come expecting to be shown a Western film. She stayed for the duration and when asked if she had enjoyed the reading conceded that it was ‘All right’.

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Our Programme:

Trees by Philip Larkin

A Date With Spring by John Agard

A Am The Song by Charles Causley

How I Do Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Adlestrop by Edward Thomas

The Listeners by Walter de La Mare

How pleasant it is to Have Money by Arthur Hugh Clough

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day by William Shakespeare

Poem For My sister by Gillian Clarke

Please Mrs. Butler by Alan Ahlberg

Woman’s Work by Maya Angelou

The Soldier by Rupert Brookes

Sky in The Pie by Roger McGough

I Remember, I Remember by Thomas Hood

In the Ning Nang Nong by spike Milligan

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