A poet laureate, a storyteller, and a musician ‘Say it with Flowers’ on a tour across Aotearoa this November, brought to you by Arts on Tour New Zealand. In this travelling poetry and song cabaret show, David Eggleton, the official Poet Laureate of Aotearoa, presents his own wry, comic take on Kiwiana, alongside stand-up storyteller and former Bard of Christchurch, Steve Thomas. These two veterans of the performance poetry scene in New Zealand are accompanied by master musician Richard Wallis.
Say it with flowers’ is a title inspired by the English artist Banksy’s famous wall image of a youthful masked flower thrower, flinging - not a Molotov cocktail, but a colourful bouquet of flowers, representing our common hopes for the peaceful resolution to the global issues of our time. On this tour, the performers will throw words, sometimes barbed, and often beautiful, or beautifully barbed, with a similar aim of emphasising our common humanity.
Note: There is a rumour (fake news?) that this internationally recognised graffiti artist might join the entourage, but as no one knows who he is, it may be hard to identify him in the crowd.