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BINDERY: Kate Radford / Drought

April 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm PDT

Free – $15

The Bindery hosts a special evening with Kate Radford, a sonic poetry performance and book release. Drought is fusing contemporary poetry, cinematic landscapes and electronic harmonic compositions. This is the premiere performance in San Francisco – please join us!

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Please note: This is a ticketed event, with tickets on a sliding scale from $0-15. Advance tickets are highly recommended, as door tickets are not guaranteed. Unless otherwise noted here, tickets will be available at the door.

Drought is a compositional performance piece using cinematic landscapes, contemporary poetry and sound to create and explore art space as part ritual and place of transformation, using language, mythology and folklore to transmute collective pain inflicted on women throughout fiction and non-fiction, the real world and our cultural subconscious, with a focus on the orchestra of language in a fine art performance context.

“It is challenging. But above all, it is redemptive. It is a love song. Through pain, beyond heartache, and into the sun itself. The bright can burn, but it also – illuminates….” – Kate Radford

Exploring characters hidden deep within Ovid’s metamorphoses, transformed into original poetry, fusing mythological narratives, part-autobiography, part compositional ritual.

Written and Performed by Kate Radford
Original Compositions by Kate Radford
Landscape Imagery by Bryony Good

Kate Radford is a multi-award winning poet and artist working internationally to transform women’s stories and embed cultural narratives with a legacy of possibility and transformation.


★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Hauntingly beautiful!’ (Ask The Ushers) ‘A visually impressive feminist cry’ – Broadway World

‘Radford re-tells using lyrical writing, her own extraordinary voice and digital projections’ – Lyne Gardner, Stagedoor

‘A mesmerising punch in the gut’ – Voila! Festival

“Kate is a storyteller, a songstress, a performance artist and a poet. The amazing thing is I think she really had no idea how brilliant she is, she simply is THIS. She is what the best of artists are—a person bringing art—her art—to the world with no artifice.” – Grace JasmineHollywood Fringe

“Kate will take you on a spiritual journey, using mythological narrative to examine violence women have suffered and will suffer at the hands of man. It is not an attack but a look at old truths rooted in ancient and modern-day storytelling. Kate’s use of her foot to control the electronic music became its own form of poetry as her voice soared and roared through the dark space, as footage of old ruins swelled the tiny theatre, Drought became a new religion.” – Constance Hall, LA Female Playwrights Initiative.

“Drought begins quite disarmingly with mythic riffs on the historic ocean of female oppression. Then Kate Radford opened her mouth to sing and became that ocean. Vast and deep, powerful and personal, her loops lured me in and pulled me under until I surrendered. Then she returned me to the surface and laid me breathless on the shore. I almost died. I wanna do it again.” – Jonathan Liptake, Hollywood Fringe

Please note: this event will be held at The Bindery, 1727 Haight.

This is an all-ages event. The bar opens at 7pm; event starts at 7:30pm.

Facebook RSVP appreciated but not required.

Accessibility is important to us! If you have special needs please let us know and we’ll do our absolute best to accommodate you: events@booksmith.com.


April 4, 2020
7:00 pm PDT
Free – $15
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The Bindery
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The Bindery
1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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