Adrian Mitchell -

aka The Dogfather, Apeman Mudgeon...

He was a natural pacifist, a playful, deeply serious peacemonger and an instinctive democrat. "Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people," he wrote in the preface to his first volume, Poems (1964). For all his strong convictions, he abhorred solemnity. From Red Pepper, a small leftwing magazine, he gleefully accepted a nomination as "shadow Poet Laureate", and demolished royalty, cultural fashions and pretensions in monthly satirical sallies.

The musical nature of Adrian's imagination led him to work with a cavalcade of composers and performers: Andy Roberts, Richard Peaslee, Steve McNeff, Dominic Muldowney, Andrew Dixon and Stephen Warbeck. His influence radiated widely, not least to generations of teachers, who used his poems with children in schools."





This website serves as an archive in memory of poet, playwright and dogfather Adrian Mitchell.

"In his many public performances in this country and around the world, he shifted English poetry from correctness and formality towards inclusiveness and political passion.

Mitchell's original plays and stage adaptations, performed on mainstream national stages and fringe venues, on boats and in nature, add up to a musical, epic and comic form of theatre, a poet's drama worthy of Aristophanes and Lorca. Across the spectrum of his prolific output, through wars, oppressions and deceptive victories, he remained a beacon of hope in darkening times.



Excerpt taken from Guardian obituary by Michael Kustow. Full obituary featured on 'Obituary' page, above.

Current Events - Adrian Mitchell Literary Shows



Suffolk schools tour October2011, recommended for Key Stage 2

11October Bealings primary school
12 October Bramfield, Yoxford and Benhall primary schools
13 October Rendlesham primary school

We are still available for bookings the afternoon of 13 October, all day 14 October, and after that to accommodate schools

Fee details etc can be discussed with Alys Kihl, artistic director

tel: 01728 451 408
email: Wonderful Beast



The Rosemary Branch Theatre
2 Shepperton Road,
London, N1 3DT

Tuesday 22 November at 7.30pm and 9.00pm
23 Wednesday November 7.30pm
Tickets £15 (£12 concessions)
24 hour box office 0207 704 6665

tel: 01728 451 408
email: Wonderful Beast

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