Tuesday, February 16, 2010

LONDON: The Funeral of Richard Tyrone Jones

Thursday, February 18th, 2010, 7pm-10.30pm, FREE
Whitechapel Art Gallery,
80 Whitechapel High Street,
Aldgate East,
E1 7QX

It is our sad and solemn duty to inform you of the Funeral of Richard Tyrone Jones, Esq. The performance artist, Director of ‘Utter!’, ‘ringmaster of spoken word’ (Three Weeks), ‘thoughtful and ginger poet’ (Tim Key) and absent father Richard Tyrone Jones will, in February 2010, reach the age of 30. As this represents the end of all meaningful life, his funeral will take place at Whitechapel Art Gallery, 7pm prompt, on Thursday 18th February 2010.

“While he peacefully ‘sleeps’ in a bamboo coffin surrounded by flowers, the life and work of the man known as ‘RTJ’ will be commemorated by poetry, hymns and tributes from some of his closest celebrity friends and admirers including uplifting poet Paul Birtill, filmmaker Robert Sears, newspaper columnist Tom Phillips, and the mothers of his five-plus sperm-donated children.

The funeral will be officiated by the Reverend James McKay, and will include the anticipated reading of Tyrone Jones’ will, a selection of his work and a message of hope to his children from beyond the grave. They will end with a wake at nearby pub the White Hart. It’s what he would have wanted. Mourners are encouraged to send flowers rather than giving money to charity.

For more (including an order of service) see Facebook event: http://bit.ly/rtjdead. For interviews/ features contact 07912 539 098/ http://www.utterspokenword.com. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=188667356137

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