I wasn't too impressed by one of his recent comments here but that doesn't make Michael Rosen a bad person or, indeed, a bad writer or creator of, "Soundscapes of poetry and prose," which "conjure up the streets of Hackney past and present." His "play for voices," entitled Hackney Streets was first performed last year by students from Brooke House and tonight is rendered by professionals for the first time. Producers Maya Productions describe it as follows:
"An auditory extravaganza where four choruses surround the audience in a live quadraphonic experience, taking them on a journey though time and Hackney. The cast of characters includes: Shakespeare, James Burbage, Parkes – the inventor of plastic, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Anna Swell, Morris Beckman and the street cries of Ridley Road market. Poetry highlights are: 'Evening falls between the trees', The Turkish Baber and the much loved 'Number 38 Bus'."
So there you have it. Hackney Streets is on at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2 Shepperton Road London N1 3DT up to and including Saturday. Tickets £6.50 (£5 concessions), 24-hour Box Office 020 7704 6665. I can't be there, but if you go let me know what you thought of it.