With a theme like ‘Rebellion’, people have plenty to say. Malcolm gave vent to general political malaise, reading Maya Angelou’s ‘I Shall Rise’. Naomi offered Leonard Cohen’s ‘Democracy’. Angus, on message as ever, ventriloquized a tirade against God by a girl in a messy dress, while Ally shared a version of the complaint of Job. A vision of an inferno came from Barney and a declaration of the fight artists and writers now have to face from Seki. Newcomer Dominick sang an original poem, adeptly strumming a borrowed guitar. Michael recited Rilke, returnee Emanuele a sonnet in Italian and the evening ended with reminders of a non-Trump American tradition with Stefano reading a passage from Whitman’s ‘I Sing the Body Electric’ and Susan adding the Beat anthem: ‘Thank you for nothing!’ Letizia commented on leaving how important it is to have a place where so many disparate voices can find consolation in a reactionary time. Certo, amica! For the next week, with the exuberant Heathcote standing in, let’s have as a battle cry INCLUSION

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