published: 17 Nov 2019
Poetry Sydney presents a 60 minute production developed with the Surry Hills Festival.
In Taken for a Ride, 3 middle-aged male poets alternate at the wheel as they figuratively ride through the goodlands and the badlands that arise from voyages of escape and discovery as a risky, painful yet exciting place in contrast to safe, unfeeling and dull suburbia.
Mobility envisages some physical escape from constricting confines. It may be that the most interesting struggle is the struggle to set oneself free from the limits one is born to. The road offers open spaces without borders, flatlands for fostering dreams and illusions.
The geographical road in Taken for a Ride is a spiritual one where the voyage of life is accompanied by heartache but rarely by success. The driving poems offered are a 'fakelore' of endless highways and byways, strong coffee, speed, smoke and the camaraderie of transient cultures and transformations from the road into home. The travelling life of a poet is a life itself.
Tug Dumbly is a poet and satirist, Charles Freyberg is a Kings Cross poet and playwright and Ariel Riveros is an award-winning Sydney-based writer, multi-artist and theorist. Peter Urquhart is a violinist and composer who has worked as a session musician.
RSVP and bookings recommended.