Rebecca Tantony is a Bristol-based poet whose work offers a tapestry of intricate themes, bold writing and passionate intensity, creating a lyrical conversation straight to the heart.
Her short stories, journalism, and poetry have been published in various anthologies and magazines and her collection of poetic flash non-fiction, ‘Talk You Round Till Dusk,’ was published by Burning Eye Books in 2015. She has recently completed an MA at Bath Spa University where her second collection, All the Journeys I Never Took, received a Distinction. Rebecca has adapted that collection into an innovative and intimate one-to-one poetry show. She successfully premiered the show as part of Bristol Poetry Festival 2016.
Magic Beans felt it was about time we found out more…
MB: What inspired your recent show ‘All the Journeys I Never Took’?
RT: It sprung from a seed. From conversation over coffee and the desire to co-create work with the brilliant women around me. It came from political frustration.
MB: Why did it feel important to deliver the show to one person at a time?
RT: I think the explosion of poetry in the mainstream and its increase in popularity means live performance is offered to bigger audiences. I am interested in how to capture the personal intensity of a performance where you feel like it is just ‘for you’. The team wanted to explore ways in which we could do that through a one on one delivery.
MB: What have been the difficulties of trying to produce a piece like this?
RT: There are lots of logistical complexities and it certainly isn’t a money maker in terms of ticket sales. But it is innovative, exciting and unique.
MB: What has been the audience response?
RT: People seemed extremely affected by it.
‘Theatre so rarely makes me feel moved or like it was made directly for me.’
‘Gracious, ecstatically loved up, in awe. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.’
MB: Who else has been involved in the process for this work?
RT: Three glorious women:
Raquel Meseguer – Director
Lucy English – Producer
Synnove Fredericks – Designer
MB: What next for the show?
RT: It will be touring around the South and South West from February 2017.
MB: Are there any other projects you are currently working on?
RT: Yes a poetry collection under the same title published by Burning Eye Books in April 2017
Find out more about Rebecca’s work here: www.rebecca-tantony.com