A NEW theatre production will bring the words of some of the world's best poets to the stage of the Artrix in Bromsgrove.

In the show Beyond the Water’s Edge, contemporary poems from around the world will be performed by three actor-musicians, with original music composed by the company.

A spokesman added: "With writing drawn from every continent, this is a production packed with stories that move and inspire. The human drama of love, loss and re-birth sits alongside the comedy of daily life in a captivating series of portraits, presented through the words of some of the world’s best poets.

"Beyond the Water’s Edge features writing from dozens of countries, from Chile to Estonia and all points between."

The spokesman added: "Well-known poets whose work features in the production include the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, who won the Nobel Prize the Literature in 2011, and the celebrated German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht.

"However many of the writers are not often heard or performed in the UK – and some have even experienced censorship in their country of origin. Romanian poet Marin Sorescu managed to write beautifully witty poems despite living at a time when his country regularly persecuted writers. Some writers give the human experience of migration and asylum,in particular from the Middle East and Africa."

Jonathan Davidson, the show's executive producer, added: “Poetry is becoming an increasingly important way for us to speak about our times. The poems in this production offer us life with all its joys and challenges – there are poems to make us laugh and poems to make us reflect. Laced together with original music from our three performers, this will be an extraordinary experience for anyone who loves poetry or live theatre.”

Directed by Steve Byrne from Interplay Theatre, Beyond the Water’s Edge uses poems published by Bloodaxe Books with original music by the company and set design by Talking Birds. Beyond the Water’s Edge is performed by Jill Dowse, Dan McGarry and Nate Ryan.

The show comes to Artrix, on Monday July 10 at 8pm.

Tickets on, 01527 577 330.