Bad Language presents Recovery Songs by Ralph Dartford, directed by Samuel James Humphrey.
Recovery Songs is a brand new spoken word story about addiction, the causes of addiction, and the recovery from its destructive forces.
It’s written and performed by A Firm of Poets founder – and previous Bad Language headliner – Ralph Dartford, from his own true experience of addiction, falling down and getting back up again. An unflinching, sometimes funny confessional that might change your mind about everything you thought you knew about addiction.
‘Recovery Songs is moving, compelling and brave. I was gripped by Ralph Dartford’s performance.’ IMove Arts
‘I remember awkwardly laughing at the beginning of Recovery Songs’, expecting Ralph to jump into comedy through his first piece. Immediately, I realised my mistake. An honest take on his experiences with addiction, it made me sit up and listen. Ralph was captivating and straightforward, stepping from darkness, to hope, to troubled relationships, to love effortlessly. I have no idea how long he performed for, but I couldn’t stop listening.’ Up Yours, Leeds
‘I loved it! Ralph is an excellent and honest storyteller. Go and see him yourself, and make your own judgement.’ Dominic Monaco – Audience member.
Ralph Dartford studied poetry at Birkbeck College, London under the tutelage of Michael Donaghy. His work has appeared in the Guardian, Pulp Faction, Stirring (US), WordLife and London Territories amongst many other publications. His first volume of poetry, ‘Cigarettes, Beer and Love’ received wide acclaim, and his second, ‘Dirty Needle Rain’ will hopefully see the light of day in 2019. Recovery Songs is funded by the Arts Council of England.