YES: The Adrian Mitchell Show (2009—12)

The Rosemary Branch Theatre, London; New Buckenham and Whissonsett, Norfolk (Creative Arts East Village Stage Scheme); St Giles Church for Stop The War, London;

Breckland Theatre Festival; The New Cut, Halesworth; The Cambridge Wordfest;

The Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2009

"Fantastic! witty, moving, inspirational — please bring it back" — Juliet Stephenson, actor

Yes is a celebration of the life and work of Adrian Mitchell, one of our best loved, funny, passionate and political poets who was also a founder member of Wonderful Beast. This programme of his poems and songs was commissioned by The Poetry Trust and premiered to a sell-out audience at the 2009 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. A triumphant, anarchic synthesis of words, jazz and rock-n-roll.



Drummer: Maxwell Hallett

Dancer: Anusha Subramanyam

Director: Alys Kihl




Creative Arts East


Artists taking part


Ann Firbank

Roger Lloyd Pack

Sylvester McCoy

Celia Mitchell

Sasha Mitchell

Matthew Prendergast

Diana Quick

Accordion piano & fiddle:

Sylvia Hallett

Drummer: RR Prathap

Trombonist: Miguel Tantos


"Magnificent - it brought all the magic and joy of Adrian's work to life. It was as entertaining and moving as he always was." — Robert Herries


"An evening to remember for both performers and audience." — Susie Bailey


"Mitchell's irrepressible love of life and his commitment to peace resonated loud and clear through the voices of his family and friends. Mitchell once remarked: "My poetry likes to say yes." How fitting, then, that over a year after his death, his poetry is saying yes more resolutely than ever." — Ashley Smith, The Poetry Society


"Great stuff! It's many a year since I enjoyed an evening so much." —Vernon Rose