Event Programme: The Last Word Festival 2018

The much-anticipated event programme is here for this key, London literary festival starting this week!

The Last Word Festival 2018 begins in London on 13th June.

The Last Word Festival

Programme at a Glance…

Roundhouse

(full copy below, shows with asterisk also at Albany/Canada Water Theatre)

Weds 13 June                          Poetry Collective Live   

                                                  Pundemonium! Live

Thurs 14 June                          Chronophob

                                                Poetry Slam Heat 1

                                                Clash: BoxedIn

Fri 15 June                               Black Wave Presents

                                                Poetry Slam Heat 2

Sat 16 June                              LOL, InshaAllah: Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

                                                Poetry Slam Heat 3

Sun 17 June                             Fake Casualness: James Alexander      

                                                A Buried Time: None of the Above

                                                Mostly Lit

Mon 18 June                            Ish…: Georgie Jones

                                                I Knew You: Polarbear*

Tues 19 June                           Love: In the Minor Key: Michelle Fisher

                                                Jade Anouka Poetry

                                                I Knew You: Polarbear*

Weds 20 June                          Let Me Out My Room Please: Bump Kin

                                                I Knew You: Polarbear* 

Thurs 21 June                          Likkle Rum with Grandma: Jeremiah ‘Sugar J’ Brown     

                                               Shall We Take This Outside: Adam Kammerling             

                                                Bit Deep

Fri 22 June                               Essex Girl: Maria Ferguson

                                               Pokeman G.O.A.T: John Berkavitch

Sat 23 June                              White: KoKo Brown

                                              Estamos Presente (We Are Present): Invisible Presence

                                              Good Presence: Keith Jarrett

Sun 24 June                             Friends for All: Simon Mole                                                       

                                              The Last Word Film Screening

                                              Ausual and Other Illusories       

Tues 26 June                           LIL. MISS. LADY: HighRise       

                                                ITCH: Marika Mckennell

Weds 27 June                          Suitman Jungle: Nabokov*

Two Little Ducks: Matt Abbot

Thurs 28 June                          Brigitte Aphrodite Live

                                                Oi! Barman!: Joshua Idehen

                                                    Poetry Slam Final

Fri 29 June                               The Guilty Feminist: Deborah Frances-White

                                                 What Words Are Ours?: Talia Randall

                                                Losing the Night: Cecilia Knapp

Sat 30 June                              Saul Williams

                                                 Mixtape: Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson*

                                                Fragments: Zia Ahmed

Sun 1 July                                The Distance: Ben Norris

Mabel and Mickey: Kit Finnie

                                               Background People: Martha Pailing

Tues 3 July                              User Not Found: Dante or Die

Weds 4 July                             User Not Found: Dante or Die

              

 

Programme at a glance (Albany and The Canada Water Theatre)

(full copy below, show with asterisks also at Roundhouse)

Tues 19 – Thurs 21 June          The TalkShow

Thurs 21 – Fri 22 June             I Knew You: Polarbear*

Fri 23 June                               Mixtape: Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson*

Tues 26 June                           Dizraeli

Thurs 28 June                          Suitman Jungle: Nabokov*

Fri 29 June                               Chill Pill: The Big One

Sat 30 June                              Heaux Noire

Sun 1 July                                Talia Randall Poetry Salon

Listings: Roundhouse

 

Poetry Collective Live                                                              Sackler Space Weds 13 June, 8pm | £7.50

The Roundhouse Poetry Collective is a group of some of the most exciting young emerging poets in the country. Previous collective members include Jack Rooke, Caleb Femi, and Cecilia Knapp. The group meets weekly to createand experiment under guidance from lead tutor (and previous Poetry Collective member herself) Bridget Minamore and assistant tutor Amina Jama.

Pundemonium! Live                                                                Bar & Café, Weds 13 June 8.30pm | £10

Into innuendo? Dabble in double-entendre? Then be punctual for a Last Word special of London’s competitive cult comedy hit, Pundemonium!

Poets, writers and performers drawn from the festival line-up, alongside members of the public, are our guest pundits in a hilarious game show full of punishing linguistic challenges.

A live game show by Rachel Mars and Daniel Pitt, for compulsive punners and their carers.

 

Poetry Slam 2018                                                         Heats: Sackler Space, 14,15,16 June, 7.15pm | £10

Final: Main Space, 28 June, 7.30pm | £13-£15

If you want to hear the next big names in spoken word and the freshest voices around, you need to bag yourself a seat at the Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2018.

The Slam Final is a huge event on the spoken word scene and showcases emerging talent from around the UK. Once the poets step up to the mic you can hear a pin drop – not easy in our huge venue – and you’re hooked for the whole night.

Last year’s runner up Suhaiymah Manzoor Kahn got global recognition for the poem she performed and now she has her own solo show in this year’s Last Word Festival.

The poetry slam judges this year include Saul Williams, with more to be announced.

 

Chronophob                                                                             The Hub, Thurs 14 June, 6pm | £7.50
A work in progress show using our relationships with video games to explore memory, family structures, culture and identity.
Two characters live in a world where fear is a portal and their brains store memory in a very hyper sensitive way. For their survival they are forced to play a game where they travel to several memories to deal with the trauma they ignore.

 

Clash: BoxedIn                                                                                                Bar & Café, 14 June | FREE

BoxedIn is finally putting to bed the eternal question scholars have been asking since London’s inception:

What’s better, North or South?

Two team captains, Kareem Parkins Borwn (North) and Belinda Zhaiw (South) represent their ends, selecting the team of their choice in a bid to make the most banging night possible with the help of London’s best spoken word venues.

Expect games, trivia, music, special guests and friendly rivalry as these two giants go head to head.

ROUND ONE: NORTH.

Kareem will be using his budget and team in the first round against the visitors, Belinda and her south london squad. What will Kareem bring to the table? Come to find out!

Hosted by Yomi Sode, Amina Jama and Sean Mahoney

 

Black Wave Presents                                                                           The Hub, Fri 15 June, 7pm | £10
Black Wave is a brand new label dedicated to nurturing and publishing music and spoken word from talented people of colour.

In conjunction with Roundhouse, Black Wave presents a preview of forthcoming releases, featuring new work from Yomi Sode, Shanaz Dorsett, Joshua Idehen and more.

 

LOL, InshaAllah: Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan                                       The Hub, Sat 16 June, 6pm | £7.50
LOL, InshaAllah takes a look at the complexities and contradictions, yet also the ease and joviality which comes with being a brown Muslim woman who is forthright about her faith in Britain today.

Based in Suhaiymah’s own experiences, the performance provokes, unsettles and asks us to break binaries of moderate/radical, extreme/liberal, oppressed/oppressor and explore the potential of our humanity.

 

Fake Casualness: James Alexander                                                    The Hub, Sun 17 June, 7pm | £5

A multimedia theatrical feast, Casualness explores comedy, artistry, self-doubt and of course that one thing we all seek… truth. No. Acceptance? Happiness! No no. Love? Is it love? Or hope?

James Alexander is a comedian. Of sorts. Someone told him in order to get better he should be himself more on stage. James is just not sure whether he has actually ever been ‘himself’.

A Buried Time: None of the Above                                                      The Hub, Sun 17 June, 3pm | £7.50

Armed with a microphone each and a tale to tell, poetry collective None of the Above present their new spoken word storytelling show about the inhabitants of a strange street.

“The pavement cracked six months ago. The council sketched a warning around it with incandescent chalk, Loudly proclaimed they’d repair it soon, and left.”

This street has had many names but none anyone can remember. They don’t know why the lady at 53 writes postcards to herself every day. They don’t know why the old man at 84 is digging his way to the centre of the earth from his basement. They don’t know why no one leaves and why no one ever arrives. But everything happens for a reason, no?

 

Mostly Lit                                                                                 Sackler Space, Sun 17 June, 8pm | £7.50

Join 20-somethings Rai, Alex Reads, and Derek Owusu for an exciting live show of their weekly podcast Mostly Lit. The trio will discuss books, life and pop-culture in a fun, and insightful way.

 

I Knew You: Polarbear                                     Sackler Space, Mon 18 – Weds 20 June, 8pm | £12.50

Also at Canada Water Theatre 21 – 22 June

I Knew You is the latest play from acclaimed spoken word artist and writer, Polarbear, which asks if we can ever really escape from our past.

Angela is edging closer to retirement. Then it will just be her, her cat and ready meals for one. Her son Nathan is struggling with being a stay-at-home dad. It’s not as if he’s had a role model for it. The closest he’s got to his dad in 20 years was a Google search.

When Angela has a chance encounter with ‘her Patrick’, she is torn about whether or not to introduce him to the son he walked out on and the grandson he’s never met. But Patrick has some news that may force her to decide.

Ish… :Georgie Jones                                                                           The Hub, Mon 18 June, 6pm | £5

How do I be a woman?… How will I know if I’ve fallen in love?… Can your virginity grow back?… Can putting a tampon in kill you?

Combining spoken word, comedy and storytelling Georgie endeavours to answer as many of these questions as she can. She takes a break from haphazardly stumbling through adulthood to revisit first times, school discos, push up bras and waxing disasters in order to figure out the things she thought she would have known by now.

 

Love: In the Minor Key: Michelle Fisher                                              The Hub, Tues 19 June, 7.30pm | £5
Raw and emotionally charged, Love: In The Minor Key is a spoken word ballet from Scottish writer, Michelle Fisher. It explores the breakdown of relationships; from family, to friendships, to romantic and how this changes our relationship with ourselves.

 

Jade Anouka Poetry                                                                            The Hub, Tues 19 June, 6pm | £7.50
Jade Anouka performs poems from her pamphlet Eggs On Toast and new work.
She is joined by musician Grace Savage for some poems.

 

Let Me Out My Room Please: Bump Kin                                  The Hub, Weds 20 June, 7pm | £10
This live show welcomes you into the magic of bedroom jams and sparkling creations that usually live behind closed doors.

Bump Kin has been recording some of the most exciting voices in poetry; creating a collaborative album that moves between beats and lo-fi soundscapes, in a weave of hip hop, jazz and poems. This is your chance to see some of the work.

There are elegies that exist in the breath between kick and snare and lullabies to cushion your bum from the cold.
Featuring Sugar J Poet, Cecilia Knapp, Leke Oso Alabi (more guests TBC).

Likkle Rum with Grandma: Jeremiah ‘SugarJ’ Brown             Sackler Space, Thurs 21 June, 7pm | £5

Likkle Rum with Grandma is a journey over a generational bridge. This emotive piece of new writing by Croydon based writer Jeremiah ‘SugarJ’ Brown mixes poetry, storytelling and a Jamaican grandmother’s voice to bring to the fore issues of loneliness, immigration, community and what distance does to family love.

Come chill and catch a vibe as we get to know grandma, and a young man gets to understand himself.

 

Shall We Take This Outside: Adam Kammerling         Sackler Space Thurs 21 June, 8pm | £7.50

Shall We Take This Outside is a visceral mix of spoken word and dance. National slam champion, Adam Kammerling, teams up with real life superhumans, Eric Mitchell and Jacob Smart, to explore the effect of hero behaviour on real-world attitudes to violence.

Adam has to look out for his brothers. He’s a good guy so he’ll be fine. Good guys don’t get beaten up. Good guys win. That’s how it works.

But once you’ve learned the language of violence, how do you stop speaking it?

 

Bit Deep                                                                                   Bar & café, 21 June | FREE

Poetry that’s a bit deep, comedy that’s a bit deep.

Sean Mahoney and Zia Ahmed co-host and curate a night where the person on stage isn’t incentivised to be funny, or be deep, but to just express themselves in regards to how they feel at that time. Guaranteed quality. No compromises in style, no forced twee poetry or shock humour.

Expect a meme report and a cracking line up that will be announced soon.

 

Essex Girl: Maria Ferguson                                                     Sackler Space Fri 22 June, 8pm | £10

“Essex Girl: a young working-class woman from the Essex area, typically considered as being unintelligent, materialistic, devoid of taste and sexually promiscuous.” Collins English Dictionary

Through the eyes of Kirsty, a 16-year-old girl growing up in 00s Brentwood, Maria Ferguson (Fat Girls Don’t Dance) explores the dictionary definition of the term. Expect fake tan, UK Garage and copious amounts of WKD.

 

Pokemon G.O.A.T: John Berkavitch                                                     The Hub, Fri 22 June, 7pm | £10

Berkavitch explores the tribalism and toxicity of augmented reality gaming in a story told through spoken-word poetry, immersive projection and physical contemporary circus.

John Berkavitch was never a gamer but he was always a troll. In the early days of the internet chat-rooms Berkavitch would pass his days arguing with strangers online.

Years later following the rise of social media, Berkavitch had almost become something of a role model and his online presence was no longer dedicated to arguing with strangers.

One day after downloading the Pokemon Go app, he was hooked. Once again he was part of a closed group of players. A year and a half later Berkavitch had risen to be the highest level possible within the game and was ranked within the top 1% of players in the world.

It’s one man’s quest to be the very best.

 

White: KoKo Brown                                                                 Sackler Space Sat 23 June, 8pm | £7.50

“Where are you from?” “London.” “Right, but where are you really from?”

WHITE is a show about identity which blends spoken-word with live vocal looping. Join Koko as she considers the concept of mixed-race privilege, tries to connect clashing cultures and explores what it means to be mixed in contemporary Britain. What are you when you are always the other?

 

Estamos Presente (We Are Present): Invisible Presence         The Hub, Sat 23 June, 4pm | £5

Invisible Presence is a new collective of talented young British Latino writers celebrating the culture of the half a million Latinos living in the UK.

Drawing on everything from political tragedies and magic realism through to salsa/samba and telenovelas, they will take you to a rich new world. Many of these young writers were born in the UK and are the first generation to truly combine the two cultures: a new and exciting hybrid.

The first bi-lingual collective of its kind, the writers are tutored by some of the UKs best loved young artists, including Costa nominated poet Kayo Chingonyi and novelists Keith Jarrett and Sarah Perry. Estamos presente, we are present.

 

Good presence: Keith Jarrett                                                   Sackler Space, Sat 23 June, 6pm | £7.50

When nothing is exactly as it appears, how do we even begin to make sense of ourselves?

This experimental, and multimedia work from Keith Jarrett, blends together church hymns, reggaetón lyrics, righteous anger and proper belly laughs.

Keith is the former UK poetry slam champion and Rio International Poetry Slam Winner 2014.

 

Splinter: Corey Peterson                                                                      The Hub, Sun 24 June, 4pm | £5

Splinter’s breakout performance is about the frustration by those suffering with poor mental health towards those who cannot or will not understand. Help sometimes only comes at the end when it’s too late. Featuring a mixture of original music, poetry and step, Splinter aims to give an insight in to the minds of those closest to sufferers, and how they try and reshape their lives after the worst has happened.

 

Friends for All: Simon Mole                             Sackler Space, Sun 24 June, 1pm & 3pm | £10 (£8 U16s)

Friends For All is an interactive spoken word performance for families, with rapping, dancing and far-out video projections. It is a story about having the confidence to be yourself and stand up for what you believe in.
8-year-old Lexi doesn’t make friends as easily as some. If only her school would allow a non-school uniform day then she could be herself and find others like her. Inspired by Grandad’s hippy stories from the swinging 60s, she decides to fight the powers that be, namely her class teacher, Mr Marsh, and the class bully, Suzy.
Poet and rapper Simon Mole performs in this humorous and moving piece, co-created with theatre maker Peader Kirk.

 

The Last Word Film Screening                                                            Sackler Space, Sun 24 June, 7.30pm | £5

Join us to celebrate the short films made by awardees of The Last Word Film Fund 2018.

The fund aims to support a creative and innovative approach to presenting socially relevant films with a story to tell that are entertaining, enlivening and inspiring for audiences.

 

Ausual and Other Illusories                                                                  The Hub, Sunday 24 June, 6pm | £5

A word-jazz & beat-poetry Mystery Mixtape project, adapted for stage.
An ode to the old, homage to hometown. Down beat, heartbeat, big feats.

 

LIL. MISS. LADY: HighRise                                                      Sackler Space, Tues 26 June, 8pm | £7.50

A work in progress brought to you by HighRise, a collective of theatre makers, rappers & DJ’s.
Lil.Miss.Lady is HighRise’s fresh concept-rave exploring the history of Grime music, through the eyes of a vigorous female MC.

Inspired by a series of interviews with influential players in the Grime scene including MC’s, DJ’s, promoters and journalists Lil.Miss.Lady celebrates Grime and its women and holds a bass fueled microscope over the biggest sub-culture since Punk Rock in the 80s.

*SPECIAL GUEST DJ’s & MC’s ANNOUNCED SOON!

 

ITCH: Marika Mckennell                                                                       The Hub, Tues 26 June, 6pm | £5

ITCH by Roundhouse Resident artist Marika Mckennell, is a charged and poetic look at the ways we internalise shame. Loosely based on true stories gathered from centers for the elderly and her community work in Hackney and Tottenham, the show dexterously weaves together the narratives of three characters.

ITCH turns its attention to structural oppression, STDs and ageing, to tell bold stories from shy places.
Marika is a spoken word poet and playwright, her play at Camden People’s Theatre, ’artfully combined humor and heaviness to destroy the patriarchy with a smile’.

 

Suitman Jungle: nabokov                                                        Sackler Space, Weds 27 June, 8pm | £10

Also at The Albany Thurs 28 June

Dance floors and trading floors. Amen breaks and coffee breaks. It’s a Suitman’s Jungle and it’s wise to Mind The Gap. Suitman Jungle spends his daytimes working in London’s financial district, and his break-times playing his favourite kind of music. Live jungle music & spoken word combine in this production about city life and the rave music that gets Suitman through his 9-5.

 

Two Little Ducks: Matt Abbott                                                             The Hub, Weds 27 June, 6pm | £10

From bingo halls and council estates to hand-built homes in the Calais Jungle, Matt Abbott presents a personal and political spoken word show exploring the chaos behind Brexit.

Around the time of the referendum which saw his native Wakefield vote 66% Leave, Matt was volunteering at a refugee camp just 22 miles from Dover. Reflecting on the deep-rooted reasons behind the vote, whilst recounting his eye-opening experiences at the Jungle, the show is sewn together with kitchen-sink realism, and a fictionalised story of Maria.

Humorous, harrowing, celebratory and confrontational; a vital poetic journey for our times.
Matt recently shared a stage with Jeremy Corbyn, Paul Weller, Sara Pascoe, Ken Loach and Sleaford Mods and is rapidly establishing himself as a leading political poet.

 

Brigitte Aphrodite Live                                                Sackler Space, Thurs 28 June, 8pm | £10

Boom Shakalaka Productions and Boundless Theatre present Brigitte Aphrodite… where gig meets theatre.
Punk, feminist showgirl, strikes again! This will be a one off chance to see new material from Brigitte’s new show, Parakeet, exploring punk and empathy and how a band of exotic birds could change the world. The gig will also be a chance to celebrate My Beautiful Black Dog, the live album. Expect visceral lyricism, big sounds and help shape a new movement.

 

Oi! Barman!: Joshua Idehen                            Torquil’s Bar Thurs 28 – Sat 30 June, 6.30pm | £7.50

What dirty tricks must you employ to get an English person to tip?

How do you inadvertently garnish Margaritas with questionable substances? What do you do to the drinks of customers who are rude to staff?

In this brand new work-in-progress, Joshua Idehen draws on a decade as a bartender in London’s liveliest West End bars, revealing the secrets and pratfalls of the trade in four short anecdotes. And everyone gets a drink.

The Guilty Feminist: Deborah Frances-White               Main Space, Fri 29 June, 7.30pm | £17 – £22

Ever felt like you should be better at feminism?

Join comedian Deborah Frances-White and a guest host, for her comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist, recorded in front of a live audience.

Each episode Deborah and her guests discuss topics ‘all 21st century feminists agree on, while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that undermine their lofty principles. The podcast has been a huge success with over 16,000,000 downloads, since it started at the beginning of 2016.

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian whose award-winning BBC Radio 4 series Rolls The Dice aired in 2015 and 2016. As well as her solo comedy shows, she speaks about diversity and inclusion in the corporate world and presents the Global Pillage podcast. As a screenwriter, she is currently working on a sitcom for the BBC and an independent film shooting in 2017.

 

What Word Are Ours?: Talia Randall                                       Sackler Space, Friday 29 June, 8pm | £10

A bold, playful and joyous poetry cabaret.

Words are an implement of power, manipulation and control. Words have kept us down, held us back and locked us up.

Words are also a tool of protest, joy and dissent. Words have freed us; we have reclaimed ourselves with words.
What Words Are Ours? is a tongue-twisting, thigh-slapping, tear-jerking night of text-based entertainment.
Featuring some of the UK’s most innovative and daring artists and created and hosted by poetry-clown Talia Randall.
Line up to be revealed soon.

BSL translated

 

Losing the Night: Cecilia Knapp                                                          The Hub, Fri 29 June, 6pm | £10

A pub. A long shift. Two mates and a whole heap of unruly memories.
“What would you say to him? If he was here now, drinking right here at this bar?”
Losing The Night is a new play by poet and theatre maker Cecilia Knapp.

 

Mixtape: Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson, produced by Speaking Volumes

Sackler Space, Sat 30 June, 7pm | £10

Also at The Albany 23 June

Rising stars Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson present a unique new show of poetry and music mosaics.

With enduring friendship at its centre, hear poems which leap back and forth in time, giving voice to the universal struggle to carve out personal and political identities. Poems about music, poems about love, poems of protest and of exile, monologues and duet poems… all tied together through an unforgettable soundtrack of songs, from Afrobeats to hip-hop, from reggae to soul.

Through a heartfelt, humorous and honest exploration of two individual lives, Mixtape will inspire audiences to compile the definitive track list of their own experiences.

 

Saul Williams                                                                           Main Space, Sat 30 June, 8pm | £17.50/20

American rapper and poet Saul Williams headlines The Last Word Festival with a night of spoken word, with work drawn from album MartyrLoserKing.

Martyr Loser King is working from a remote waste camp in Burundi, Central Africa, with equipment scrapped together from old Dell PC towers. Homeland Security, the NSA and the CIA are tracing his signal back to a place that isn’t on the map. The alert level rises when he hacks NASA just to show he can do it.

MartyrLoserKing is a multimedia project that engages the digital dialogue between the developed world and developing countries, with influences from Beyoncé, Fredo Santana and Haitian field recordings.
Williams has gained global fame for his poetry and writings, having performed in over 30 countries.

 

Fragments: Zia Ahmed                                                            The Hub, Saturday 30 June, 6pm | £5
Work in progress

Zia is from North-West London. He is a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He is also a former Roundhouse Slam champion and was in residency at Paines Plough as part of Channel 4’s Playwright Scheme 2017.

 

The Distance: Ben Norris                                                        Sackler Space, Sun 1 July, 8pm |  £7.50

When you dream big, you fall hard.

The Distance explores what elite sport does to young bodies and minds, and why we push ourselves as far as we can. And then further.

The question should never be ‘Do you have what it takes?’ but ‘What’s left once it’s taken?’

By award-winning theatre maker and former GB long-distance runner Ben Norris, this new play is about endurance, addiction and ambition.

He’s been running his whole life. You’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

 

Mabel and Mickey: Kit Finnie                                                               The Hub, Sun 1 July, 4pm | £5

Mabel and Mickey is the debut show by Kit Finnie (Barbican Young Poet, Roundhouse Collective, Spit the Atom), exploring her obsession with 20s movie star Mabel Normand.

Kit’s poetry is inflected with violence, the paranormal, and local history, asking what’s at stake when we tell a story that will never really be ours.

In this solo performance, sound effects and broken projectors force Kit to move between scenes: the ghost that seems to be haunting the theatre and her boyfriend’s panicked phone calls about being trapped in her flat.

 

Background People                                                                             The Hub, Sun 1 July, 6pm | £5
Background People is a series of short absurdist stories exploring the line between commitment and obligation through spoken word, theatre and live art.

‘I stare at the shower cleaner. Eve-ry-day. If I buy it, the bottle states I must use it every day (for the rest of my life). Am I capable of such a commitment?’

This new show focuses on routine, relationships and place (and the 107 decisions crammed in between). It is an unashamed celebration of human messiness.

Background People is for anyone who finds themselves at the front… or at the back and thinks ‘sh*t’.

 

User Not Found: Dante or Die                                                      Café & Bar, 3 – 4 July, 5pm & 7.45pm | £10

It’s the moment of your death.
There’s a magic button.
Do you delete your entire online legacy?
Or do you keep it – and leave the choice for someone else?

User Not Found is about our digital identities after we die. This new play by celebrated site-specific company Dante or Die and pioneering writer Chris Goode is performed in the Roundhouse Bar & Café.

Through smartphones and headphones, U.N.F invites you to become a fly-on-the-wall of one man faced with keeping or deleting. A story of contemporary grief unfolds through this intimate, funny performance that gently interrogates our need for connection.

 

 

Listings:The Albany and Canada Water Theatre

 

The Talk Show: Rob Auton                              The Albany, Tues 19 – Thurs 21 June 7.30pm | £7

Work in progress

This is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about talking. It is suitable for people who talk and have talked.It is also suitable for people who want to talk.

Since 2012, Rob Auton has written a show a year on a specific subject.  The shows have been an hour long. They’ve explored subjects Rob wants to have a closer look at through writing and performing.  For 2018 the subject is talking and the show is called The Talk Show.

 

I Knew You: Polarbear             Canada Water Theatre, Thurs 21 – Fri 22 June 7.30pm | £12 (£10 concs)

Also at The Roundhouse 18 – 20 June

I Knew You is the latest play from acclaimed spoken word artist and writer, Polarbear, which asks if we can ever really escape from our past.

Angela is edging closer to retirement. Then it will just be her, her cat and ready meals for one. Her son Nathan is struggling with being a stay-at-home dad. It’s not as if he’s had a role model for it. The closest he’s got to his dad in 20 years was a Google search.

When Angela has a chance encounter with ‘her Patrick’, she is torn about whether or not to introduce him to the son he walked out on and the grandson he’s never met. But Patrick has some news that may force her to decide.

 

Mixtape: Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson, produced by Speaking Volumes

The Albany Sat 23 June 7.30pm | £10 (£8 concs)

Also at The Roundhouse 30 June

Rising stars Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson present a unique new show of poetry and music mosaics.

With enduring friendship at its centre, hear poems which leap back and forth in time, giving voice to the universal struggle to carve out personal and political identities. Poems about music, poems about love, poems of protest and of exile, monologues and duet poems… all tied together through an unforgettable soundtrack of songs, from Afrobeats to hip-hop, from reggae to soul.

Through a heartfelt, humorous and honest exploration of two individual lives, Mixtape will inspire audiences to compile the definitive track list of their own experiences.

 

The Unmaster: Dizraeli, produced by Apples and Snakes & The Albany

Canada Water Theatre Tues 26 June 7.30pm | £14 (£10 concs)

What is it like to lose your mind?

How do you get it back?

The Unmaster is an honest gig and an unflinching poem: a story of a mental breakdown assembled from his own diary entries and frightened scribbles into an electrifying performance by award-winning rapper and composer Dizraeli.

Exploring madness, masculinity and how to recover from both.

Join us for this full-length scratch performance.

Apples and Snakes is the leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word.

 

Suitman Jungle: nabokov                                            The Albany Thurs 28 June 7.30pm | £10 (£8 concs)

Also at The Roundhouse 27 June

Dance floors and trading floors. Amen breaks and coffee breaks. It’s a Suitman’s Jungle and it’s wise to Mind The Gap. Suitman Jungle spends his daytimes working in London’s financial district, and his break-times playing his favourite kind of music. Live jungle music & spoken word combine in this production about city life and the rave music that gets Suitman through his 9-5.

 

Chill Pill: The Big One: Chill Pill and The Albany         The Albany, Fri 29 June 8pm | £10 (£8 concs)

Mixed bill nights of unpredictable, heartfelt and hilarious spoken word from one of the UK’s leading poetry collectives.

 

Heaux Noire: Heaux Noire                                                       The Albany, Sat 30 June 7.30pm | £5

Heaux Noire is a platform for Black and Brown womxn to share their stories through poetry and music. Based in London and Birmingham it is a night created to inspire, support and uplift the voices of Black and Brown womxn – for and by us.

Here & Now: Talia Randall                                                       The Albany, Sun 1st July 4.30pm | FREE

A joyous and welcoming poetry event for women and trans folk.

How do we help each other own our shit in male-dominated industries?

Performances, talks and provocations from inspiring people shaking up the poetry industry.

An open mic / soapbox for poems and project plugging.

Plus space to chat, share advice & uplift each other.

Part gig, part workshop, part hangout.

Created & hosted by Talia Randall.

Free entry (booking essential).

Open to those who identify as women and trans.

Line-up and contributors to be announced soon

 

 

The Lower Vestry

St George’s Bloomsbury

6-7 Little Russell Street

London

WC1A 2HR

t: 020 3195 6269

m: 07500701147

@MobiusTheatre | @printmobius 

www.mobiusindustries.com

 

[Credits:  Mobius Press Office]

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