Who is Lance Pierson?
Lance Pierson has been acting for well over 50 years (since he was 6!). He grew up in Highgate in North London and went to Oxford University to read English and Theology. He became a teacher and worked for Scripture Union as an organiser of drama productions, holidays and magazines in Schools. From 1978 he worked freelance as an actor, writer, speaker and trainer. Then in 1998 he went full time as a performer using his talents to entertain.
His one-man shows were initially his staple and churches were his main audience. Rather than give a talk, he blends sketches, monologues, poems and stories into entertainments that manage to be humorous, moving and challenging all at the same time. However as time passed he found he could use this format for other things he was interested in. As a life-long fan of both Poetry and Cricket he turned his hand to creating entertainments for both these worlds.
His cricket entertainments celebrate the wonderful literature which the game has spawned and have thrilled Cricket enthusiasts up and down the country. His poetry shows have served two purposes; light hearted shows have entertained groups of all sizes while his serious presentations on individual poets have taken him to many arts and literary festivals.
To keep meeting the demand for his services Lance created another show to celebrate the Music Hall performers who didnít sing, began leading guided poetry walks and started performing parts of the Bible, including Markís Gospel at one sitting!
In 2008 Lance met Belinda Yates (soprano) and Heather Chamberlain (pianist) at an event marking the 400th anniversary of John Milton's birth. Lance was reading Milton's poems while Belinda and Heather were providing music based on the words. It seemed like a natural synergy and the next year they produced a concert called "John Milton in Voice and Verse." Since then they have regularly produced new concerts combining great words with beautiful music. Find out more about the trio at www.invoiceandverse.co.uk.
In the last fifteen years Lance has performed poems, Bible passages and one-man shows at venues all across the country and even on the continent. These include the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Oval Cricket Ground, St Paulís Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Spring Harvest, the British Music Hall Society, the Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Lance can be heard regularly on Premier Christian Radio reading the Living Light Reflections.