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How To Keep Time

03 November, 2018

A Drum Solo for Dementia

  • wheelchair access
  • hearing enhancement
  • assistance dogs

SO:To Speak presents

How to Keep Time

A Drum Solo for Dementia

Saturday 3rd November 7:45pm at NST City Studio

Running time: 60mins (no interval)

Post Show Q+A

Using just his voice and a Roland TD-4KP electronic drumkit, award-winning poet Antosh Wojcik explores the effects of dementia on speech, memory and family in his debut work for theatre, How to Keep Time.

Subtitled A Drum Solo for Dementia, the 60-minute show is a mesmeric display of drumming and spoken word in which poems become beats and beats become glitches in time.

Reading-born Antosh, 26, tells the moving story of his Polish grandfather's struggle against Alzheimer's and the effect it had on the people around him.

"I want to de-stigmatise dementia and give it a human voice," he says. "By combining spoken word with music I want to unlock some critical questions about memory and language. What happens when memories disappear? Where do they go and can we get them back? Can I use my drums to communicate with my grandfather?”

This show will be supported by poet Sarah Hesketh, whose collection ‘The Hard Word Box’ recorded verbatim pieces from people living with dementia.

A post-show Q&A is also included.

This event is part of SO:To Speak 2018 in partnership with ArtfulScribe, NST, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton Cultural Development Trust and Southampton Festival and it is supported through funding by Arts Council England.


Tickets: £10, £8 Conc.


For Wheelchair and Disability bookings, please call the Box Office for availability