Last Word Festival 2018 ‘Celebrating fearless storytelling’

The Last Word Festival:
The Talk Show (a work in progress)

Dates Wednesday 20th – Fri 22nd June
Time 7.30pm
Prices £7
Age Group 16+

This is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about talking. It is suitable for people who talk, 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.

In 2012 it was the colour yellow and the show was called The Yellow Show.
In 2013 it was the sky and the show was called The Sky Show.
In 2014 it was faces and the show was called The Face Show.
In 2015 it was water and the show was called The Water Show.
In 2016 it was sleep and the show was called The Sleep Show.
In 2017 it was hair and the show was called The Hair Show.
In 2018 it is talking and the show is called The Talk Show.

‘A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot.’ The Guardian
‘Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch.’ The Independent
‘He is entirely compelling to watch. He’s a poet/writer/talker and it’s funny in parts but that’s not the point – there is something else happening, I’m not entirely sure what it is but it’s great and it wallops you in the belly.’ Daniel Kitson
‘Just Sad.’ Vanessa Feltz

https://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2260/Spoken-Word/The-Last-Word-Festival:-The-Talk-Show-(a-work-in-progress).


The Last Word Festival: I Knew You

Thursday 21st – 22nd June
Time 7.30 pm
Age 16 +
Tickets £12/£10

The highly anticipated second play from Birmingham-born writer and performer, Steven Camden aka Polarbear.

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 twenty 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.

I Knew You is the highly anticipated second play from Birmingham-born writer and performer, Steven Camden aka Polarbear. Lorna Laidlaw features in this powerful look at family dynamics which asks if we can ever really escape from our past.

By Steven Camden. Director Daniel Bailey

‘A well-crafted and compelling piece of domestic drama.’ What’s On Birmingham
‘Moving, funny and thought provoking.’ Grapevine Birmingham
‘Grabs your attention.’ The Stage

Can’t see it with us? Catch it at Roundhouse from Tuesday 18 – Wednesday 20 June. This event takes place at Canada Water Theatre.

https://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2291/Spoken-Word/The-Last-Word-Festival:-I-Knew-You


The Last Word Festival: Mixtape

Saturday 23rd June
Time 7.30 pm
Tickets £10/8
Age 16+

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

Can’t see it with us? Catch it at Roundhouse on Saturday 30 June.

https://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2292/Spoken-Word/The-Last-Word-Festival:-Mixtape


The Last Word Festival: Talia Randall – Here and Now

Sunday 1st July 2018
Time – 4.30 pm – 7 pm

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.

Talia Randall is an award-winning artist and dyslexic making political, funny and genre-defying work. Her work has been called “sublime” (dig.com), “distinctive” (The Upcoming) and “fascinating” (Sabotage Reviews). She has performed across the UK at the Roundhouse, The Southbank Centre, Bristol Old Vic, Glastonbury, Latitude and The Edinburgh Fringe.

taliarandall.com
Twitter: @TaliaRandall
Instagram: talia_randall
facebook.com/taliarandall

https://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2297/Spoken-Word/The-Last-Word-Festival:-Talia-Randall—Here-and-Now


The Last Word Festival: The Unmaster

DATES & TIMES: Tuesday 26 June, 7.30pm
AGE GROUP: 16+
TICKETS: £14
CONCESSIONS: £10

An electrifying performance by award-winning rapper and composer Dizraeli.

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.

applesandsnakes.org

https://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2293/Spoken-Word/The-Last-Word-Festival:-The-Unmaster


The Last Word Festival: Trailers

DATES & TIMES: Wednesday 27 June, 7.30pm
AGE GROUP: 16+
TICKETS: £5

An explosive mix of 4 tasters of some of the best spoken word shows out in 2018.

We celebrate 35 years of Apples and Snakes with an explosive mix of 4 tasters of some of the best spoken word shows out in full-length glory in 2018.

Apples and Snakes is England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word, with a national reputation for producing exciting, engaging and transformative work in performance and participation.

https://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2296/Spoken-Word/The-Last-Word-Festival:-Trailers


The Last Word Festival: Suitman Jungle

DATES & TIMES: 28th June, 7:30pm
AGE GROUP: 16+
TICKETS: £10/£8

Dance floors and trading floors. Amen breaks and coffee breaks. It’s a Suitman’s Jungle and it’s wise to Mind The Gap.

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 and spoken word combine in this production about city life and the rave music that gets Suitman through his 9 to 5.

https://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2294/Spoken-Word/The-Last-Word-Festival:-Suitman-Jungle


The Last Word Festival:
Chill Pill: The Big One

 

DATES & TIMES: Friday 29 June, 8pm (doors)
AGE GROUP: 16+
TICKETS: £10/£8

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

https://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2251/Spoken-Word/Chill-Pill:-The-Big-One

 


The Last Word Festival:
Heaux Noire

DATES & TIMES: Saturday 30 June, 7.30pm
AGE GROUP: 16+
TICKETS: £5

Heaux Noire is a platform for Black and Brown women 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 women – for and by us.

https://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2295/Spoken-Word/The-Last-Word-Festival:-Heaux-Noire


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