HOW do you fight back when your own heart tries to kill you?
Let writer and performer Richard Tyrone Jones tell you.
Two years ago, for his 30th birthday, Richard the healthy, gym-going director of Spoken Word for the PBH Free Fringe at the Edinburgh festival, got an unexpected present. Heart failure.
Now, having battled back from the brink of death to (almost) full-health and armed with a pen and a pacemaker, he has written a show about his experiences.
He describes the show, Richard Tyrone Jones’s Big Heart as “a unique prescription of cardiomyopoetry, animation and anecdosage”.
The show, backed by the Wellcome Trust, is at the Theatre In The Mill, Shearbridge Road, Bradford on January 25 at 7.30pm.
Initially the show ran for a month-long residency at The Edinburgh Fringe. That was followed by a national tour and sell-out London show.
The focus throughout has been on Richard and what it feels like to survive ‘out of the blue’ massive heart failure.
With a relatively healthy lifestyle Richard would be on no-one’s at-risk list for cardiomyopathy. But he was and now he has used his skills to describe what it was like and to offer a warning to us all to look after our heart.
Richard is a poet and writer, and founder of spoken word club night Utter! which celebrated its 10th birthday last year.
His first book, Germline, a collection of stories, poems and art was published three years ago by Vintage Poison Press.
Richard’s brush with death doesn’t seem to have affected his sense of humour for critics have described his show as “fascinating, sobering, hilarious, and ultimately uplifting” and “a life affirming show from a charismatic and likeable performer.”
In addition to the Wellcome Trust, Richard’s show is supported by Performance poetry organisation, Apples & Snakes, by the British Heart Foundation and the Cardiomyopathy Association.
Full information and tour dates at www.richardtyronejones.com
In Bradford, local poet Joseph C Kriss and others provides excellent support. Tickets on 01274 233 200