Renaissance One presents The Venus Papers
A show on arrivals, departures and journeys written and performed by Lydia Towsey and with live music and vocals by Ola Szmidt and Dave Dhonau and guest performances by Joelle Taylor and Lucas Howard.
Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty, has washed up on British shores in time to witness the frenzy and aftermath of the 2017 snap general election. Through the filters of an immigration officer, the red top papers and the general public, Venus experiences what it means to be a 21st century immigrant woman at a time of social, cultural and political upheaval. The show is followed by a panel of local artists offering commentary, readings and audience discussion.
"Absolutely Spectacular" Poet in the City
"Lydia Towsey's poetry bubbles with wry observations and quick-witted delights that are genuine and loaded with charm." Jane Commane, Nine Arches Press
Produced by Renaissance One and funded by Arts Council England with support from Burning Eye Books, Attenborough Arts Centre and other partners.
Lydia Towsey is a poet and performer who has been featured on the Spoken Word All Stars Tour, Decibel, Freedom Showcase and Beyond Words’ U.K. tour of South African poetry. She has for the last six years been posing as an artist model, challenging notions of the ‘passive nude’.
Written and performed by Lydia Towsey
Co-Directors Rachel Mars and Nick Field
Music by Dave Dhonau and Ola Szmidt
Paintings by Scott Bridgwood
Choreography by Louise Katerega
Design by Kate Unwin
Curation by Melanie Abrahams
Photography by Ambrose Musiyiwa