Haiflu Ever After
Sun 15 May 2022
1hr 40mins + interval
Spoken word poet and filmmaker Liv Torc and composer Richard Monks have a story to tell. The story of two lockdowns and 10,000 haiku, of a project that started as a Facebook status and ended up on BBCR4’s Today Programme. A story that engaged thousands of people around the world and changed Liv’s life forever, at the very moment she came close to losing it.
Haiflu was one of the runaway creative success stories of 2020/2021, weaving together crowd-sourced haiku, photography and music to tell a week-by-week creative social history of one of the biggest crises of the last 100 years.
Now thanks to Arts Council England, they have created a full-length show using film, theatre, poetry and live music. Audience members will be invited to write their own haiflu as part of the event.
Support Liv as she tours Haiflu Ever After in a post COVID world. Emoticons on sticks will be provided!
“Haiflu Ever After is a tender, joyous heartbreak of a show. If you get the chance to see it on tour – go. You won’t regret it.” Victoria Briggs, Artistic Director, The MAST (Mayflower Theatre)
“In Liv Torc’s witty, inventive and generous hands, poetry opens up new ways of noticing and sharing all that matters most.” Susannah Herbert, Head of Forward Arts Foundation and National Poetry Day (2012–2021)
If you book a ticket for Haiflu Ever After you will be entitled to a free ticket to Liv’s workshop before the show Poetry For Wellbeing. Add both events to checkout and the special offer will be automatically applied.
Liv Torc is a poet, artist and ideas weaver who plunders the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human and planetary condition. A Radio 4 Slam winner, a former Bard of Exeter, host of The Rainbow Fish Speakeasy and of The Hip Yak Poetry Shack. Liv runs the poetry stage at WOMAD, the Hip Yak Poetry School and the lockdown haiku and photography project, Haiflu – as featured on the BBC’s Radio 4 Today Programme.
In 2019 her climate change in the face of motherhood poem The Human Emergency went viral and she performed at Glastonbury Festival and represented Somerset for the BBC’s National Poetry Day celebrations. In 2020 she was chosen as one of four Siren Poets by Cape Farewell for a commission on climate change in the time of COVID and for the BBC’s Make a Difference campaign.
Her books include Show Me Life (2015) and The Human Emergency (2021)
Find out more www.livtorc.co.uk