We feel extremely lucky to have stumbled across the Poetry Takeaway on a trip to London recently. Here’s what creative evil-genius Jack Rooke whipped up for us as part of the world’s first mobile poetry emporium.
All ears for a very cool and inspiring piece of mobile theatre. The Poetry Takeaway is the self-proclaimed world’s first purpose built mobile poetry emporium. It does exactly what it says on its converted burger van.
How it works: 1. Queue up to speak to one of the fully trained Poetry Chefs. 2. Your allocated Poetry Chef will discuss your order with you in order to ascertain its style and content. 3. Your Poetry Chef will retire to the kitchen to cook up your bespoke order. 4. Within ten minutes or less, your Poetry Chef will return and perform your poem to you.
As featured in Time Out, BBC Radio Four and on BBC 6 Music, the takeaway is modelled on your typical burger van and manned by a rotating cast of the UK’s best poetry chefs. Like our chef, Jack Rooke, stand up poet, comedian and presenter.
After a brief chat about Watergate Bay, here’s what he whipped for us in next to no time at all. We don’t think we could’ve captured the essence of Watergate Bay better ourselves.
Watergate Bay poem
On a two-mile stretch of golden sand
that changes each day and is never bland,
there’s a hotel that many would call a home,
with children playing outside
paddling in the sea foam.
It’s a haven to make you smile and grin,
whether you’re a veteran booking or a new guest virgin.
It’s a community, a 250-person family,
from chefs to those teach how to surf in the sea,
it’s a new nostalgic twist,
a chance to escape and get a little sun kissed.
But if it’s raining, you can still savour the day,
just explore all the magic at Watergate Bay