Venue 63, Sat 27 Jun
Adelaide has a healthy live literature scene with reading events that have run for decades (Friendly Street Poets), others that have had short but sweet runs (Spineless Wonders Presents), and others still that have cult followings (Lee Marvin Readings, Dead Poets Society and many more). It’s a thriving scene that is well supported and much adored, as necessary as oxygen to many local writers and readers who flock to these readings as though finding their way home.
Into that scene comes The Wide Open Road, the new kid on the block. And not content to do more of the same, Director Carmel Young has created a unique event that fills a gap. Young weaves stories and music together to create a bigger picture, one that forms a clever whole, gelled through intelligence, sensitivity and artistry.
The music of The Wide Open Road House Band (featuring the smooth-as-silk vocals of Alison Coppe and Dave Mazzarelli on guitar and vocals) provides a gorgeous canvas on which the writers paint their words.
This month’s event was themed ‘woman’ and included readings from Rosslyn Prosser, Jennifer Liston and Teri Louise Kelly: a diverse group of writers who tackled the subject with passion, smarts and perceptiveness. Prosser’s post-feminist manifesto was packed to the gills with ideas, brimming with empathy and understanding of the many facets of womanhood. Liston’s poetry conjured a powerful 16th Century Irish female chieftain and Kelly’s poetry evoked dark frailty, remorse and drug-fuelled destruction.
As an audience member at The Wide Open Road you are reminded to exist in the moment, to be entertained and illuminated, to open your mind to the possibility of a space where exploration, expression and acceptance are supreme. To hang on the words of these talented writers and musicians, holding your breath for the next big moment, is a delight and a pleasure.
The Wide Open Road is broadcast on Radio Adelaide and podcast Australia-wide on the community radio network.
The Wide Open Road presents Science Fiction at Venue 63’s Back Room, 63 Light Square, Adelaide, from 5pm on Sat 25 Jul.