Performance Poet & Comedian

“Loved your poems – but the flannel one is truly revolting…!”

Enoch’s Hammer Folk Club

Louise 1Louise has headlined with her stand up performance poetry at top spoken-word venues – Express Excess, The Poetry Café, The Poetry Police, Red Rooster, Oliver’s Poetry, Club 99; and performed at, Edinburgh Fringe, Henley Arts Festival, London’s Comedy and Literary Festival Seaford Literary Festival; compered for Redwood Housing Cooperative’s Celebration on the South Bank.  In 2000 she founded The Poet’s Kitchen in Richmond and then at Norden Farm Arts Centre – a spoken word venue where she was artistic director and compere.

Iona Jette is Louise’s Scottish poetic alter ego and together they have performed on BBC London’s Word for Word, Talkback Radio, GLR, Brighton Community Radio and London Network Radio. They have been found at parties, groups, health spas and latterly on Zoom. And in a forthcoming film about the rock ‘n’ roll band The Sharks as a poetic narrator!

Louise performing Shout The Sun at The Poetry Cafe :://youtu.be/CZSgYW5yofY

Louise aka Iona Jette performing The Floppy Flannel Lament at The Poetry Cafe https://youtu.be/3KKjKwoCci0

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You Can’t Cook a Poem Like an Egg! is her first collection of performance poetry published in 2015 and her next one is on its way.  Available from www.amazon.co.uk, my performances and workshops price £7.99.

To book Louise (& Iona) contact her today!

PLAYS

All About Bliss:

Tales from The Awkward Sex Coach

“…I left the theatre with a grin on my face having been captivated by Louise….”   Broadwaybaby

Professor Bliss in search of a sequin!

In this fusion of comedy and the spoken word, Professor Bliss Macvitie, Scotland’s answer to Dr Ruth tries to Feng Shui her audiences, whilst explaining why celebrity handbags are not always the answer, and which star sign you need to change your light bulbs in her latest take on life

                                         

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Naked Truth: Diary of An Artist’s Muse.

A poetic comedy  specially written for arts events, being performed here for Artbox at Artwave in Lewes

In 2008 Louise wrote All About Bliss – Tales from the Awkward Sex Coach – for a charity fundraiser for The Fountain of Health and then took it to: Brighton Fringe (2012) and Hove Grown (2017) and was aiming for Edinburgh Fringe and a tour in 2020 now postponed until 2022.

In 2009 Louise wrote Naked Truth – Diary of an Artist’s Muse specially for North Street Art Gallery in the Hailsham Arts Festival and subsequently took it to other spoken word venues. 

To book a performance contact Louise:

“An eccentric mix of observation comedy and insightful poetry,” Short Fuse, The Camden Head

“A filthy Diana Rigg!” Collin Kelley, US playwright, poet, novelist, and journalist

“Brilliant…contemporary spin on life…”  Paula Marie, The Fountain of Health

“…many merry giggles and insights…” Richmond & Twickenham Times

“Louise has a great capacity to engage, amuse and inspire her audiences. She can add something precious to any event she is part of.”  Nick Williams, international leadership coach and best-selling author, several best sellers on Louise’s performance for Inspired Entrepreneurs Birthday Party.

“I thought your monologue was tremendous…. It put me in mind of Patricia Routledge’s on Victoria Wood, that’s how good it is.” Mandy Knight, The Comics’ Comic Awarding Winning stand up, writer and actress.

 Backstory

Louise fell in love with the theatre at her first pantomime aged 6 and at 9 knew she wanted to be a writer because of a poem she wrote.  At 14 she discovered a natural gift for comic timing with an improvised routine in her English class. Dancing and performing in local pantos kept her firmly on stage throughout her childhood and adolescence.

It wasn’t until her mid 30s that she began to write and perform her own work again.  A desire to be a journalist led her into PR.  Her favourite ‘business’ writing was the companies’ Christmas pantos in which she also performed and directed.  This led her to join an award winning am dram company. Fearing typecasting as a flat chested spinster, she decided to turn professional with her own shows in 1994!  In 2002 she became a member of Equity.

She has led writing and performance workshops for children and 6th formers, coached poets and playwrights and run Word Spinners, a writing group.

Photographs: www.lyndakellyphotography.co.uk

 

 

 

 


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