1000 Trades Presents: Phil Thomson’s Arts Lab

In by Bill Houseago

1000 Trades Presents: Phil Thomson’s Arts Lab

Event Details


Date(s) - 16/05/2019
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm

Event Location

1000 Trades
16 Frederick Street
West Midlands
B1 3HE

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1000 Trades Presents: Phil Thomson’s Arts Lab

We have become wonderfully diverse and unconventional in the eighteen months since we opened The Lab – in exactly the way it was supposed to happen – through poetry, music, performance art and experimental film.

Here, two of the most engaging acts on the circuit will prove the point – Vince Gould and The Psychotic Male Voice Choir. Their voice will be given added gravitas by the spoken word of artist and poet Rachel Henaghan. Vince Gould is a poet, actor and musical satirist with several Edinburgh Festivals under his belt and a habit of weaving historical precedents into the uncomfortable truths of the world we inhabit. Pure art meets agitprop.

Then there’s The Psychotic Male Voice Choir – who hadn’t particularly thought of a strapline, but when pushed, decided on ‘Looped guitar, discussing Politics, Alcohol, Fighting, Art, Ecology, Sex and Death’.

The fact that this is not all in the same song comes as a relief, but there is no let up in the wit and wisdom as Simon Jefferies rolls out an absorbing set of songs to keep you on the edge of your seat; insights forged in years of Fire Service until Art took over. Rachel Henaghan is an artist and paramedic based in Birmingham and is currently artist in residence at BOM. Her writing is an integral part of her practice and the inspiration for immersive installations and film narratives which explore her relationship with the city.

Tonight is hosted by the inimitable Vincent Stokes. Don’t be surprised if he sneaks in a song or poem of his own – it will simply be more icing on the cake. And there’s Open Mic as usual – your turn to prove what all those rehearsals are about. Just ask.


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