Spoken word

 

July

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  • WORD! In the Garden

  • In association with Kew Gardens, University of Leicester, Brightsparks and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Attenborough Arts Centre garden located via the galleries.
  • Thursday July 26th, 12 - 9.45pm
  • WORD! - Midlands’ longest running poetry and spoken word night - presents: WORD! In the Garden - a greengage gala of a festival, celebrating the launch of Attenborough Arts Centre’s brand new ‘amphitheatre’ garden - ‘The Green Room’.

    Also marking the NHS’s 70th Birthday - and the arrival of WORD! at Attenborough Arts Centre, this big green day of events will feature: Mark Gwynne Jones - “one of the most accomplished performance poets in the land” (The Guardian); Look a Lady Ukulele with Mellow Baku - “Superb voice, brilliant music, a must for all” (Courtney Pine OBE)…The Green Room Writers; WORD! Patron - Jean Binta Breeze’s ‘Love Letters to the NHS’…Writers Surgeries…garden tours…butterfly-cakes…and more.

    The Green Room garden is located via Attenborough Art Centre’s gallery area. To sign up for a writer one-one, workshop, open mic slot - or for more information email compere/organiser Lydia Towsey via hello@wordpoetry.co.uk

    The Green Room has been funded and supported by Kew Gardens and University of Leicester. It has been developed by Brightsparks (arts in mental health group) in partnership with Attenborough Arts Centre and others including Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. WORD! In the Garden - has been funded by Arts Council England and curated and produced by WORD!

    Programme

    12-12.45 - Open Mic with Look-a-Lady-Ukulele and Mellow Baku.

    FREE

    Share your poems, lyrics, words or music on this green themed open mic, headlined by Mellow Baku and Look-A-Lady-Ukulele. LALU is an all female ukulele and lyrics based group, writing and performing original multi-lingual songs - and dedicated to health, wellbeing and cultural unity. Mellow Baku is a renowned singer, writer and musician with an international resume. To sign up to perform your work, email compere/organiser Lydia Towsey via hello@wordpoetry.co.uk - or just turn up.

    1pm - 3pm - Writers Surgery with Pam Thompson and Richard Byrt…

    FREE

    Budding poets? Climbing the walls with your creativity? Looking for some fertile ground or perhaps just in need of a good prune - we’ve got the people for you. Sign up for a one-one with experienced writers and facilitators, Pam Thompson and Richard Byrt. Places are free but limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

    3pm - 5pm - Workshop with Mark Gwynne Jones.

    FREE

    Sign up for this green themed writing workshop with ‘WORD! In the Garden’ writer in residence, Mark Gwynne Jones. Five times fringe award winner Mark Gwynne Jones is an critically-acclaimed poet and performer whose skilful mix of humour and poignancy has made him a favourite of BBC Radio 4’s Wondermentalist Cabaret and Radio 3’s Late Junction. As resident poet in four of London’s parks, Mark explored what is meant by ‘common ground’ in 21st Century Britain. Popular with all ages, and an active workshop facilitator, he has held writing residencies at The National Trust, The Cornerhouse in Manchester, Loughborough University, Arvon Foundation, and Service Children’s Education in Cyprus, Germany and the Netherlands. Open to adults, children upwards of 9 - and all levels of ability. To book your free place email compere/organiser Lydia Towsey via hello@wordpoetry.co.uk

    6 - 7pm - Jean Binta Breeze’s Poems for the NHS in association with renaissance one

    FREE

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    7.45pm - 9.45pm - WORD! with Mark Gwynne Jones and the Green Room Writers.

    Tickets: £7/£4

    Join WORD! the longest running spoken word night in the Midlands - for this very special and al fresco summer’s night event. This unique WORD! event (with open mic and night blooming flowers) will feature Green Room writers in residence (aka - the mighty Showcase Collective) and Mark Gwynne Jones - “one of the most accomplished performance poets in the land” (The Guardian).

    Well known for mind-altering poetry with an almost music hall edge, Mark Gwynne Jones mixes humour and poignancy with great skill. A guest of BBC Radio 4’s Wondermentalist Cabaret and a favourite of Radio 3’s Late Junction, his shows have won five festival fringe awards for Best Spoken Word. As resident poet in four of London’s parks, Mark explored what is meant by ‘common ground’ in 21st century Britain. Mark has published five collections of poetry and has appeared in numerous anthologies.

    To sign up to perform on the open mic, email compere/organiser Lydia Towsey via hello@wordpoetry.co.uk

    Some slots will also be available on the night from 7pm

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New Season bookings coming soon

September

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  • WORD!

  • 7.30pm – 10.30pm (sign up to open mic from 6.30pm)
  • Thursday 27 September
  • Thursday 25 October
  • Thursday 6 December
  • Who says poetry is just for poets?

    We’re proud to be the new home of WORD! The UK’s most unique NHS co-produced spoken word event shortlisted for Best UK Regular Spoken Word Night by Saboteur Awards 2017 and open to absolutely everyone.

    Comprised of two halves of open mic and two headline acts featuring artists of national and international standing, the night is made for those who love to write and perform, plus those who are new to spoken word and want to hear the UK’s most inspiring speakers.

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October


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  • A Shameful Marriage (rehearsed reading)

  • Friday 5 October, 5pm – 6.30pm
    Free
  • A free rehearsed reading of A Shameful Marriage is being staged in order to give you a sneak preview, as well as an opportunity to give feedback and help towards the development of this new play. A seemingly innocent newlywed juggles relationships with her British-Asian husband, a suspicious immigration officer, and her ex-boyfriend from India in order to avoid imprisonment, or a fate much worse.

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  • Joygernaut

  • Andy Craven-Griffiths
  • Thursday 11 October, 7pm – 8.15pm
    £10 full / £5 concession
  • Andy believes that humans are built for kindness. He’s spent the last year collecting your real-life stories of kindness and has even consulted professional biologists, sociologists, and psychologists to tell us how kindness and cruelty affect our body and mind. Joygernaut is a gripping one-man play for those who already believe in kindness, but it’s also for those who feel that Alistair Brownlee was a dingbat for giving up his chance to win the race when he stopped to help his brother Johnny over the line. Andy asks us to be honest about kindness. For instance, are we kinder to those who are good looking, and does sharing a good deed on social media make it less good?

    If you love spoken word, you’ll love these performances…

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  • WORD!

  • 7.30pm – 10.30pm (sign up to open mic from 6.30pm)
  • Thursday 25 October
  • Thursday 6 December
  • Who says poetry is just for poets?

    We’re proud to be the new home of WORD! The UK’s most unique NHS co-produced spoken word event shortlisted for Best UK Regular Spoken Word Night by Saboteur Awards 2017 and open to absolutely everyone.

    Comprised of two halves of open mic and two headline acts featuring artists of national and international standing, the night is made for those who love to write and perform, plus those who are new to spoken word and want to hear the UK’s most inspiring speakers.

  • Book now

November


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  • Inky Matter

  • Kimberley Harvey with Subtle Kraft Co.
  • Saturday 17 November, 6pm – 7pm
  • £6 full / £5 concession
  • Kimberley is a talented contemporary dancer and choreographer who is also a teacher, Candoco Artist and runs her own inclusive dance company. In this sensitive performance fuelled by curiosity and a sense of humanity, we are invited to see the body as an unsent letter. Pen meets paper and skin, and words may get lost, forgotten or overwritten. We’re mesmerised as movement reminds us of that letter that we want to write, but for some reason never do; or maybe it's that letter that we have written, but never sent.

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December


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  • Small Steps Show

  • House of Verse CIC
  • Saturday 1 December, 7pm – 9.30pm
  • Pay what you think
  • House of Verse have teamed up with Brightsparks to present an original variety performance celebrating life. Following a series of theatre-based cross-art form workshops delivered by House of Verse involving mental health service users, we celebrate the culmination of their creative efforts in this surprising show. Book your ticket early to avoid disappointment.

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January


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  • Beowulf

  • Seth Kriebel
  • Thursday 31 January, 7pm – 8pm
  • £10 full / £5 concession
  • We love being in control at Seth Kriebel’s performances. In his unique adaptation of the epic Beowulf, one of the oldest surviving poems in English, we explore a world of heroes and monsters in an interactive performance-game. Each show is like no other as our choices guide the journeys taken on stage, and we ask ourselves why after all these years, we still need stories to help us face our fears.

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