I’m thrilled to have programmed a series of free poetry events surrounding Kristiana Rae Colon’s new play, ‘Octagon’, at the Arcola Theatre in September and October. See all the info here:
After Wall Street and Tahrir Square, after ISIS and the NSA, after Ferguson and Eric Garner: here come the poets.
In a downtown poetry slam eight young poets prepare to do battle. Personal stories and political struggles collide with a place on the team up for grabs. But in the end is it about winning, or finding the words that need to be said?
This unique ensemble performance fuses the frenetic energy of a live poetry gig with a heartfelt cry of protest from contemporary America. Fearless, compelling and utterly original, OCTAGON reunites director Nadia Latif with award-winning poet, playwright and activist Kristiana Rae Colon of the #LetUsBreathe Collective, alongside a stunning soundscape from Olivier Award-nominated composer Simon Slater (Constellations).
Free accompanying events
Saturday 26 September, 5.15pm
Inspired by Kristiana Rae Colón’s play ‘Octagon’, British and American poets discuss the impact of Ferguson on their work, alongside notions of freedom of speech, identity and race. With R.A. Villanueva (Chair), Kristiana Rae Colón, Malika Booker and Victoria-Anne Bulley. Presented in association with Apples and Snakes.
Saturday 10 October, 5.15pm
Barbican Young Poets
A presentation of new work in response to Kristiana Rae Colón’s play ‘Octagon’ by some of the foremost young voices in poetry.
Thursday 24 September, 9.45pm
LATE NIGHT SLAM: Open Mic
Come down to wow the audience and win over the judges with three minutes of spoken word, with guest host Michelle Madsen (Hammer and Tongue) and feature poet Antosh Wojick (Roundhouse Slam Winner). Everyone welcome.
Thursday 1 October, 9.45pm
LATE NIGHT SLAM: Burn After Reading vs Roundhouse Collective ‘Spare the Poets’
After the show, see two of London’s foremost poetry collectives battle it out. Everyone welcome.