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Episode 1

Episode 1 of 4

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 10 August 2011

Verse Illustrated is a new series of short story poems by some of the UK's leading spoken word artists, illustrated with sound and music. Each is narrated by its author, in their own distinctive style. And each takes us on a very different late night journey.

In the first of the series, Laura Dockrill and Polar Bear tell two very different stories.

'Earwig' written and performed by Laura Dockrill
A darkly modern fairy tale. When Mrs Budge attempts to squash an earwig, it grows in size until: "He, giant like for a bug, is less of an earwig and more like a thug".

'Homebase' written and performed by Polar Bear
A tale of two teenage friends at a party they'll never forget: "We went to cubs together, snuck into pubs together, dabbled in drugs together and now and then we blend in at uni student parties."

Actors... Alex Tregear, Daniel Rabin, Peter Polycarpou, Carl Prekopp, Susie Riddell and Jonathan Forbes.

Directed by James Robinson

  • Laura Dockrill

    Laura Dockrill

    "A poet for the iPod generation." The Independent
    A graduate of The Brit School of Performing Arts, Laura was named one of the top ten literary stars of 2008 by The Times. She's published three books - Mistakes in the Background, Ugly Shy Girl and Echoes. (Photo by Tara Thompson).

    Visit her website
  • Polar Bear

    Polar Bear

    "His minimal style and unsettlingly straightforward and blunt lyricism make him shine" Dazed & Confused.
    Polarbear is a writer and performer from Birmingham. His form is influenced by his hip-hop background. His most recent project is 'Return', a 'spoken word film' that ran last year at the Battersea Arts Centre.

    Visit his website


Alex Tregear
Daniel Rabin
Peter Polycarpou
Susie Riddell
Jonathan Forbes
James Robinson
Laura Dockrill
Polar Bear


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