Country’s treasured actors perform at Poetry Evening to save library

Some of the community’s – and country’s – most treasured actors performed poetry and a little prose at the Paradise. It was a starry night, with familiar faces from screen and stage entertaining and enthralling in aid of the library campaign.

The husband and wife acting teams of Tamsin Greig and Richard Leaf, and Ben Miles and Emily Raymond, were joined by Haydn Gwynne, Jeremy Northam, Sam Spiro and Stephanie Schonfield.

Also appearing were retired academic, Allen Samuels, reading his own humourous poems, and Ben Friend. There were even a couple of unplanned theatrical interventions from the audience, as well as questions from the floor.
One enamoured female spectator was particularly interested to find out what Ben Miles could remember giving as a romantic gift. ‘A hairdryer’, came the dry response.

Award-winning Sam Spiro, who opened the very next day as Kate in The Globe’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, said her poem choices had inadvertently helped illuminate her role in The Shrew. While Tamsin Greig, who’s pocketed a few awards herself, suggested everyone should read poems on the Tube – aloud!

The evening was generously sponsored by Daniels Estate Agents. We are also grateful to Drama Queens, Rise and the Kensal Green Nursery for their support.

Stephanie Schonfield

First three photographs kindly taken by Raymond Glendinning

Kensal Rise Poetry In Paradise

Ben Miles, Tamsin Greig, Haydn Gwynne

Stephanie Paradise Poetry Reading

Stephanie Schonfield

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Emily Raymond, Ben Miles, Tamsin Greig, Haydn Gwynne

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Samantha Spiro, Allen Samuels

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Samantha Spiro

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Emily Raymond

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Ben Miles

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Tamsin Greig

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Haydn Gwynne

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Jeremy Northam

 

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