In Performance

his performance packs a mean punch” Brumbeat.
performs punning verse and shaggy dog tales brilliantly” Arts Report, Birmingham.

Dave has at various times been described as a folk poet and a blues storyteller, as well as a performance poet; he has also been said to leave audiences ‘inspired, entertained, and moved’ and as ‘making people choke on their beers with laughter’. It is his ability to shift between styles and beyond genres, as he works to communicate with audiences, that can trigger such seemingly contrary descriptions.

Writing in both English and Black Country Dialect, he’s performed in venues as diverse as The Other Place theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; a limestone cavern which can only be reached by narrowboat, deep beneath Dudley Castle; The Melkweg in Amsterdam; alongside theatre companies and rockbands; and to an audience of 7 (plus tables full of bemused non-English speaking customers) outside the Moli 2 bar in Finestrat, Costa Blanca.

Dave Reeves (who Bellows)
Using squeezebox, harmonica, and props to present his original material, this performance of spoken hokum and talking blues is a one-man medicine show for the 21st century, suitable for acoustic nights, world music venues, folk clubs, arts centres, and taking live literature to venues it would not normally inhabit.

Black Country Dialectics
Now touring, this show of work about the culture, dialect and folklore of the industrial Black Country, is based on Dave’s book of the same title. Using props and music, it is totally flexible and can be adapted to any venue. It has be presented at Wolverhampton Arena Theatre, Netherton Arts Centre and Dudley Archives, amongst others.

What Lies Beyond …
A collaboration with artist/writer/performer Wendy Freeman, a former member of Cunning Stunts Theatre Collective. Happenings happen where’er they happen to be. More details can be accessed at What Lies Beyond…

Playing In The Oss Road
A streetshow of Black Country performance material. With strange dialect tales plus props and melodeon Dave paves the way for amusement and amazement – see Oss Road for more.

Jiggery Spokery
In 2015/16, Dave performed a show for streets, cafes and cabarets with Heather Wastie. With two accordions, poetry, song, parodies, visuals and audience involvement they took live literature to festivals and celebrations of every kind. See & Hear Jiggery Spokery here

The Whirled Service was a collaboration between Dave Reeves and the composer and multi-instrumentalist Tom Cook, an eclectic mix of ambient improv and global influences, underpinning their blend of spoken word, comment humour and music. Instruments include guitar, cello, melodeon, keyboards, harmonica, clarinet, sheng and jaws harp. At home in arts centres or festivals, they hosted the TalkShow, a magazine on legs, from 2004 to 2006 (see Promotions).

p.s. you could even simply book Dave for a straight reading of his own writing (but you can bet he’ll bring an instrument along).

Performance
Photograph of The Whirled Service
by Simon English