On the 1st of June The Workstation, Sheffield, hosted the first Hidden Perspectives festival; the day consisted of several activities which were as diverse as they were interesting. There were academic talks, poetry recitals, cabaret, musicians, art exhibits and drama performances – truly something to suit everyone! For those who couldn’t attend the festival, we will be giving you a multiple part summary of the day and aim to share some of the positive feedback we have subsequently received. Our first post will cover the poetry performed on the day.
Part I: Poetry
Sarah Thomasin, Carol Robson and Sally Jenkinson were truly captivating, their passion and dedication to the craft was evident within each performance. Skilfully they all caused ordinary words to take on extraordinary messages, speaking to the audience on such a personal level that many commented that the performances were ‘a transformative experience’.
Thomasin’s poetry explored the famous ‘Judas kiss’ of the Passion narrative and the possible same-sex relationship between Judas Iscariot and Jesus.
Whilst Robson provided an interpretation of Jacopo Bassano’s painting The Last Supper (1542), an excerpt of which can be watched here.
And Jenkinson delved into the creation narratives of Genesis, focusing on the notion of Adam being androgynous as opposed to male.
The topics were explored in a stimulating and exciting way, creating ‘something for everyone’s taste and a great atmosphere’.
Look out for the next installment coming soon!