THE BLACK PRINCE, NORTHAMPTON
Produced and presented by Love and Will Productions
by Alistair Fruish
@ The Black Prince, Abington Square, Northampton on 27th of October, at 6.30pm
Join us for a public reading of this unique novel. Northampton is the first in a new sequence of performances, that will see the Sentence read in multiple cities across these lands.
The Sentence is a 46,000 word novel of only one sentence, and it is comprised entirely of words of one syllable. It’s experimental, sure – but The Sentence is also a deeply moving experience, a grime Under Milkwood for the 21st Century. This is prose that is mind-altering, time-altering and surprisingly beautiful.
The Sentence will be read by a group of performers. A non-stop relay-reading with no pause
(approx 4 hours).
Breakout chaperone escorts will be present to continue the immersion of the listening experience for those who need to have a fag, or try to leave.
The event will be hosted by Daisy Campbell, who brought us the production of The Cosmic Trigger.
“An intravenous rush of monosyllables that runs according to the clock of an extremely Long Now, Ali Fruish’s The Sentence is a breathless and head-first synaptic plunge into austere and yet excitingly fresh territory, effortlessly blending informed social protest, literary experiment and existential science fiction/horror from its first chivvying word to its single and memorable full stop. Compassionate, ingenious and more than modern, this book casts a new and startling light on the idea of doing time.
Experience it in a single sitting like its guinea-pig narrator, as a not-so-short sharp shock, and it will stay with you forever like a penitentiary tattoo. A bold, bar-rattling gem.”
And that is precisely the opportunity we are giving you – come along and experience it in one sitting!
The Sentence is Alistair’s second book, his first published novel, Kiss My ASBO is among the select group of books that have been banned from Guantanamo Bay. Both of Alistair’s novels have been influenced by his work in prisons, where he began working in 2001 as a writer-in-residence at HMP Wellingborough. In a recent interview with The Quietus, Alistair said this about the book:
“It concerns a drug that slows down time that is given to a prisoner as a punishment in a near future situation, after a series of “black swan” events have changed England quite a lot. The book is simultaneously a hyper-modern horror, an extremely black comedy, urban social realism, a crime story, a satire, a prose poem and “sink estate science fiction” I have tried to turn the derisory use of the word “monosyllabic”, to describe a certain perceived lack of eloquence in the so-called underclass, completely on its head.”
Tickets: All tickets: £5 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-sentence-by-alistair-fruish-a-reading-tickets-38799997838?re f=estw