International writers and poets performing their work in a mix of English and their mother tongue languages, Victoria-Melita Zammit and Marija Sukovic. Also featuring the installation Poetry Partea by Sonia Marpez, in which you can take home your own poetry tea bag; and digital recordings of writing by Anna Costanza Tassotto Verdi.
Danielle Alakija’s One Hand on the Sky presents an interwoven world suddenly overcome with a wave of nationalism. A mix of comedy, spoken word and general frustration at the state of current affairs, it details one girl’s navigation through deciding which of her nationalities to keep, as she has recently turned 21 and is being forced to give up two of her three passports. Includes shorts from a UN sponsored documentary on migration and diasporan identity.
Shaun Hill’s, The First Steps of Time-Travel is a sequence of powerful poems in which two gay men try to reach other as they repeatedly fail to manoeuvre the circumference of a black hole. Shaun Hill is a queer poet who uses performance to co-create with audiences sites of radical intimacy.
Roma Havers’ Bolted tells the story of a woman apparently trapped in her ever-transforming home, which begins to imitate her interior thoughts. Some days the clocks begin to droop, or the windows disappear, or a room appears that she knows not to enter. Highly poetic but character driven, and drawing on physical theatre and performance poetry staging, the piece is a powerful exploration of the effects of agoraphobia and a woman who truly believes 'her mother had made her up as a cautionary tale'.
Connor Macleod’s Queue is an epic performance poem that follows one man's journey from one end of a queue, to the other. This show will document the beauty of new relationships, the ache of loneliness and the bitterness one feels for those more fortunate than yourself, all sped up to fit into a half an hour performance. A mixture of sharp comedy, existential dread and unconventional poetics, Queue is the show that plays in all of our heads when we're trapped with our own thoughts.