Dead Men Tell Tales – John Lindley

Event information

Date: Wed, 18 September 2024

Time: Doors 7pm

Cost: £8 + Booking Fee

Type: Performance


As part of The Nether Edge Festival we present – Dead Men Tell Tales – John Lindley

In a self-written show and published collection, prize-winning poet John Lindley tells the unbelievable (but true!) story of Elmer McCurdy’s 60-year career in death across the fairgrounds, movie theatres and arcades of 20th century America. A bizarre evening of stories, poems and songs to a backdrop of sinister, salacious and sensational projected film and images.

“Few poets could add this much life to a corpse as brilliantly as John Lindley, and Elmer McCurdy was no ordinary corpse. Lindley pulls us from a 1976 autopsy room, through freak-shows and back to the old-west to hear tales around a metaphorical camp-fire of the life of a would-be robber who had more success as a corpse. Solemn, macabre, curious, sad; more than anything, this journey is full of humanity, as John’s words of great pathos redeem our hapless outlaw and give Elmer the last laugh.” Mark Sheeky

“John Lindley has done it again. Demonstrating his range and accessibility with this stylish, witty and touching exploration of the commodification of life – and, more particularly, death. Here is wordplay like gunplay and a macabre tale we can all enjoy while teasing out the rhythms. Wonderful! Gothic in its subject matter, bleakly humorous, but shot through with compassion and a certain empathy.” Mike Drew
Proceeds from this fundraising event go to SGCT to help us with our work looking after Sheffield General Cemetery and our 2 Grade II* listed buildings and to inform and educate about the history of this unique green space.

Date – 18th September  7.30pm – 10.30pm

£8.00   All tickets sold online via TICKET SOURCE, no tickets on the door. Over 18 only.

This is a SGCT volunteer led event.

All proceeds go towards the charitable aims of Sheffield General Cemetery Trust.

Thank you for your support.