Filmed in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, watch Olivier award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson CBE read one of the most original poets of the 20th century, Stevie Smith.
Released to mark the 50th anniversary of Smith’s death, Juliet Stevenson (The Doctor at Almeida & West End) brings the British poet to life in a new film that draws on her letters and prose, and includes Smith’s own illustrations.
‘Death, loneliness, God, and the Devil’ – is how Stevie Smith described the ‘main business’ of her life and poetry, and she faced them with the same unsparing, often hilarious honesty. Admired by Seamus Heaney, mistaken for Virginia Woolf and asked out for lunch by Sylvia Plath, her often-underestimated poems were as strange and timeless in the 1930s as they are today.
Poems performed include: ‘Not Waving but Drowning’, ‘The Frog Prince’, ‘Away, Melancholy’, ‘Emily writes such a good letter’, ‘God the Eater’ and many more.
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The film is audio-described and will be available to watch online from Friday 5 March, 11.00am GMT until Monday 5 April, 11:00am GMT.
You can watch the film as many times as you wish during this period. In order to enjoy the full film it is recommended that you start watching by 9.00am on Monday 5 April at the latest as the film is approximately 67 minutes.