Emotional Madness with Mary-Ann and Mates

Aug 2019

Join Mary-Ann and mates for a night of poetry and spoken word on the top floor of Three Wise Monkeys Colchester


Gordon Hoyles is quite a character and a gentleman and a fine and experimental artist and poet. I’ve booked him a few times in the past, for the Dovecot Arts Centre poetry gigs and the Cleveland Write Around festival – at a venue in Saltburn. Along the way he has written his poems on the side of gas cooker panels and sold them to passers by outside his former farm in Hebden Bridge and has run an amazing Dada / art sculpture hotel in Harwich where he also ran a Writers Retreat. His performance poems were inspired by anyone who made a noise in society – the market caller, the bagpiper, the racing commentator etc. His play on words and strong delivery had people howling! His wife Blossom has updated his website for anyone interested. He now lives in Walton on the Naze”

For most of Mary-Ann’s life she has been in and out of the Mental Health System. On different occasions Mary-Ann has been diagnosed with 3 different conditions such as Borderline Personality disorder, Bi Polar Disorder and most recently Asperger’s which is on the Autistic spectrum in which she does identify with most. One of Mary-Ann gifts is poetry and she found that through her extreme expressions whilst reading she is excellent at manipulating people’s emotions. From Reciting to her audiences she could have them laughing one minute and crying the next.

Belinda Baker has been active in the poetry scene in Colchester on and off for the last six years. Her poetry comes from the heart expressing her own life experiences and emotions which resonate with others. She started writing poetry as therapy getting through depression, surviving breast cancer and an abusive marriage, finding the pleasure of release in performance. She describes herself as an armchair activist, community minded and ideas person looking at the positives in any situation.

Shauna Murray is fresh from uni a few years late, where she studied Acting and Creative Performance. Now an Absurdist Playwright she has written, directed and produced 3 Absurdist plays in the past year; ‘Dot. Dot. Dot.’, ‘The Conductor’ and ‘Honey Sugar Sweetie Baby’. Her other writing includes poetry, spoken word, magazine articles and her name on the bottom of all those grown up forms. Mostly she’s just here to see if anybody else thinks like she does.

A Husband, A Father, A foster Dad. A Poet and Artist and daily headache sufferer. Now at his most creative…awaiting an audience!!

Barry King is 58 years old and has been writing poetry from a young age although he is new to performing; originally from London, he now lives in Colchester. and is semi retired.

C. J. is a female Autistic Spoken Word Artist who has performed at Autism Anglia’s Neurofantastic on the Spoken Word Stage. She has also performed with Mary-Ann Ambrose and Mates at a poetry event called Emotional Madness. She has also performed in the Three Wise Monkey’s basement reading poetry under the name ‘Satine’ in Poetry Brothel Colchester. Her poems have been published in a Future Voices Young Writers Anthology and The Unfamiliars zines. She is also a Public Speaker for Autism Awareness and Acceptance. She is an Authoress of different writing projects in diverse genres/formats.

“Write a short bio about yourself” is not an easy remit! For want of sounding too “up” myself, I do actually love and thrive on being creative. Although I’m still working on my confidence quota, maybe the fact of being bullied pointed me in the direction of amateur theatre, or that that churlish remark from a teacher pushed me to prove that I could get a degree. It’s these pivotal points, plus many more that have led me to running “Ta-Dah!”(www.tadahcre8tiveduktion.com) to train as a Play Therapist, to write musical parodies, to sing, dance, sign and wave a flag or two. For me every single person no matter their age, in/experience, is individually creative and created to be individual and I believe that’s flipping wonderful. And I absolutely love that I can use what I’ve been given to make sure that all ages and abilities keep on finding this out for themselves and then pass it on themselves!)

Is a poet and writer from Essex. She is co-creator of Mindfizz.org, a mental health and well-being online resource. Dawn has been published in anthologies and magazines around the country including DIVA magazine. She loves charity shops and cats.

This event is £3 entry on the door, all ticket money goes towards the performers’ petrol money.