For the first time, Mr Nice meets Mr Bestival as Howard Marks, one of the best loved counterculture icons, will be discussing the finer points of life as a bon vivant, raconteur and much more, in a special Amphitheatre meeting with Rob da Bank.
The Amphitheatre’s reputation for provocative fare will remain undimmed with a cavalcade of brilliantly captivating shows throughout the weekend, including the bard reinterpreted through the lens of booze in Shitfaced Shakespeare, an exploration of those excellently awkward first sexual encounters in 1972: The Future Of Sex, and a tongue in cheek poke at the pomposity of poetry in a festival exclusive, as Scottee Presents: Fraff. Bestival revellers can also expected to see Eric Lampaert: Comedians Cinema Club, Beasts, Lost In Blue by Debs Newbold, Good Grief, Quiet Violence and Save The Male.
As ever, the Amphitheatre will be rocking viva voce, as Scroobius Pip Presents the Satin Lizard Lounge. In a typically fantastic line-up curated by one of the spoken word scenes leading lights, there will be oral pleasure from B Dolan, John Osbourne, Jodi Ann Bickley, Kate Tempest, Cecilia Knapp, Tommy Sissons, Rosy Carrick, John Berkavitch, Rob Auton, Daniel Piper, Tim Clare and Raymond Anthrobus. Plus, some of the country’s best up and coming talent will be present from the Roundhouse Poetry Collective and the Bestival Island Spoken Word Competition winner, King Stammers and compere Jack Rooke.
Rob da Bank says:
“Things that get me most excited about Bestival are all the funny little nooks and crannies, where you find curious goings on. The Amphitheatre is a perfect example, ripe for stumbling into the unknown. I don’t know anyone who’s found it that hasn’t loved it. We’ve got loads of brilliant things going on there this year; Pip has gathered an amazing bunch of spoken word dudes together, Scottee’s being his usual uncompromising self, the Shakespeare is intoxicating and I’ll be seeing what stories I can unearth from me old mucker Mr Marks. Come and check it out”.