Kate Fox – The Price of Happiness
Support from Ruth Dixon
Kate Fox is a stand up poet and writer who is sometimes described as a spoken word artist and a comedian. She’s appeared on Radio 4 a lot and telly a bit but has never gone viral apart from when she’s had a nasty cold.
Kate is one of the United Kingdom’s top stand-up poets and has been a regular on Radio 4, as well as Poet in Residence for the Glastonbury Festival and the Great North Run. Her show contains some of the material from her past and forthcoming Radio 4 series “The Price of Happiness”, a few rants on the joy of being Northern and some funny poems.
She has won several poetry slams including the Belfast City of Culture Slam, Cheltenham Science Festival Slam and Shortfuse’s Poetry Idol (twice) and was a finalist in Radio 4’s national Poetry Slam which led to her becoming a Poet in Residence on Radio 4’s Saturday Live.
Known as a funny and engaging performer with a subtly sharp edge who is as able to deal with spontaneous audience interaction she is a headline artist in her own right but has supported John Hegley, John Cooper Clarke, Phill Jupitus and Hollie McNish, as well as appearing everywhere from Latitude to the Southbank Centre, the Eden Sessions, the Stand Comedy Club, Express Excess and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Kate has also been commissioned to do poems for the Today programme, BBC1’s Great North Run Coverage and Great North Passion, BBC2’s Daily Politics and Chelsea Flower Show coverage, Radio 3’s The Verb, and 6Music. Her ability to write topical and funny material to order (a legacy of being a radio journalist) means she often includes news poems in her sets.
She has also been commissioned to do prose pieces for Radio 3’s “The Verb”, Radio 2’s “Grimm Up North”, and Radio 4’s “From Fact to Fiction” and has also popped up on Radio 4’s “Wondermentalist Cabaret” (twice), Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash (also twice),“Doggerel Bard” and “With Great Pleasure at Christmas” as Fi Glover’s guest.
“Funny, quirky and a wonderful writer” Sarah Millican
“Funny and endearing with a journalistic cynicism that cuts through the whimsy”- Sunday Telegraph
Support comes from Barton upon Humber’s very own Ruth E. Dixon who returns to her roots to perform her comedy poetry. Since launching her show, The Shallow Depths, at Ropery Hall, Ruth and her pianist husband Pete have taken it on tour to rave reviews, including at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe – where Dixon was described as “reminiscent of a female Tim Minchin”.
A former BBC Radio Humberside and Look North presenter, Ruth’s passion for spoken word was ignited through her weekend radio show. She began performing on the open mic circuit in Hull where she developed her own breed of poetry cabaret. From the poet whose YouTube video brought a new serving suggestion for fish and chips, Ruth bares all – well almost!
“A must-see show for all who wish to see the genre of spoken word subverted into an accessible, silly and aesthetically pleasing new medium.” – Broadway Baby
Date of event:30th November 2016
Event details:COMEDY, SPOKEN WORD
7.30pm £7/£9 (students) £5