“It was a great night and the powerful presentation of the poetry in the cathedral will stay with me for a long time”

“It was a fantastic performance – well done to all involved”

“Thank you again to all involved for the most extraordinary evening on Friday…The chemistry between Eliot and the Cathedral was very special indeed and I was thrilled to be there.”

“Thank you again for the opportunity to perform such a challenging but rewarding piece.”

Just some of the comments received after the Performed Reading of T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land” on Friday evening by Luke Beard and Imogen Parker.  It was indeed a pleasure to see the interpretation of the poem from Director Chris Stanley, and to be delivered in such a dynamic way was mesmerising.  The poem will never relinquish all its secrets, which is part of its charm after all, but when you realise no one understands it, and everyone can take something from it, the enigma that is “The Waste Land” maintains its hold on you.  It came to life on Friday night and was a fitting tribute to the start of the exhibition Journeys with “The Waste Land”.  


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Chris Stanley Director watching the dress rehearsal

The exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum was open after the performance in Coventry Cathedral and what a lot of visitors!  An exhibition drawing on the poem, the Research Group for Journeys with “The Waste Land” have chosen to highlight themes of Journeys and Fragmentation.  These echo Coventry’s pursuance of Regeneration and Reconciliation and were therefore perfect for Coventry and the Cathedral.


Those of you who missed the Performed Reading will be able to hear the poem recorded by Luke Beard and Imogen Parker broadcast during the exhibition.  You will hear sections of it, but if you stay long enough, an hour or more, you will hear all of the poem.


Journeys with “The Waste Land” team look forward to learning more of your comments of the Performed Reading and of the exhibition itself.  Please use the beautiful old, but working typewriter and the lilac paper in the exhibition, or add your comments here on the blog.



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