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Sunday 30 September 2012

Richard Tyrone Jones: How Do You Fight Back When Your Own Heart Tries To Kill You?

In 2010, for his thirtieth birthday Richard Tyrone Jones, the healthy, gym-going 'Ringmaster of Spoken Word' got a rather unexpected present. Heart failure.


Having battled back from the brink of death to (almost) full-health and armed with a pen and a pacemaker, he has written a show about his experiences, which he describes as 'a unique prescription of cardiomyopoetry, animation and anecdosage’.

Richard Tyrone Jones’s Big Heart expands on the lurid details of near-near death from dilated cardiomyopathy (heart failure), his convoluted convalescence and living his everyday life with a condition that will almost certainly kill him.

Here is truly a show for anyone who ever had a heart. Or failure.



Many artists consider their show to be as important as life and death, this one literally is.

Thanks to the support of The Wellcome Trust, Richard Tyrone Jones’s Big Heart performed in a critically acclaimed run at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe and embarks on a UK tour Autumn/Winter 2012/3.

He received a Three Weeks Editor’s Award in August 2012 in recognition of his successes in ‘pushing forward performance poetry and his own exciting shows’.

Germline, his first book of stories, poems and art was published by Vintage Poison Press in 2009. His new book Big Heart (& other sickness’) has just been published.

Richard Tyrone Jones’ BIG HEART at Brighton’s Three & Ten on 21 October. See richardtyronejones.com for more details.



by: Mike Cobley

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