BN1 talks to Brother Insect's Sea Sharp
“I don’t just want to create something that looks interesting,” Sea Sharp tells me. “I want this to be an emotionally unique experience for everyone who is there.” An award-winning poet and theatre maker, they’re about to let their first full-length performance piece Brother Insect spring to life. Providing a finale to The Marlborough’s landmark New Queers On The Block tour, it offers metamorphosis – both onstage and in how we perceive spoken word work...
Sea Sharp tackles racial equality versus racial sensitivity in Brother Insect
Poet and theatre maker, Sea Sharp, presents their first full-length performance piece, Brother Insect. Performed by Michelle Tiwo, Brother Insect explores what it means to navigate space invisibly, whilst being visibly Black, as well as whether symbols of progressive racial equality inherently mean we have achieved real racial sensitivity.
I caught up with Sea Sharp for a behind-the-scenes look at the production. Where did the character of Brother Insect come from?
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“I hope the apocalypse will be gentle.”
– Sea Sharp (they/them),
performer and theatre-maker
In Brighton with Melita Dennett
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Sea Sharp: Black Cotton
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"Sea Sharp tells it without fear or apology but with confidence and control." -Dean Atta
“Sea Sharp writes poems that devastate and inspire. [...] These politically urgent and structurally daring poems are sensitive throughout to the power of sound and silence to make the body tremble. The phrase-making here is also incredibly fresh and distinctive. Here is an important voice. Here is language that crackles." -John McCullough
Sea Sharp: Brother Insect at Camden Peoples Theatre
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"Writer and creator Sea Sharp is both outside and within the play, again challenging the boundaries inherent in our conception of space. They are at once story-teller and story-maker, their scream visibly disrupting the rhythm of Tiwo’s movements and the dialogue between actor and “brother insect” – whose presence is implied by the audience – as well as their own reliving of the past. The ideas behind the play are deliciously allusive, abstract and absurd."
Sea Sharp: Supporting Artist for "The Last Poets"
Brighton’s Sea Sharp, originally from Kansas, completely inhabits [their] poetry, itself a sort of blues, [their] warm voice wrapping itself around delicious phrases like “prairie inferno hopscotch”.
Watch the Live Streamed performance here: https://livestream.com/brightondome/LastPoets/videos/174951765
Sea Sharp: The Swagger of Dorothy Gale
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"The poems are, at turns, exuberant, outward, historical, irreverent, revisionist, and playful. They swagger." -Debra Marquart
"This collection will, quite frankly, ‘Knock your breaths out.’ Behold, a monument of new American poetry.” -Xavier Cavazos
"All the time, they write with great music, a genius for dialogue and image, sharp critiques and bright wit, and in ways utterly powerful and tender." -Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
"Sea Sharp’s buoyant poems kick at the margins and don’t care if the roof comes down." -Elizabeth Dodd
"[T]his book has it all: heart, imagination, and a good ear for the music we too often forget." -Michael Mlekoday
"[T]here’s so much to learn about Sharp’s Kansas, when Sea imagistically swaggers and deftly leads us with wit." -Glenis Redmond
"[S]washbuckling language that delights as it informs and overcomes." -Denise Low
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