Thursday 4 October 2018 at 8pm

Nottingham Playhouse - Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10)


Out-Spoken, one of London’s premier nights for poetry and live music, is coming to Nottingham Playhouse for a special National Poetry Day performance.

Hosted by Ben Norris, the night will feature poetry from Matt Abbott, Jamie Thrasivoulou and Maria Ferguson, as well as music from FØNX and Karim Kamar.

“The gold standard of spoken word”
The Guardian

About the acts:

Ben Norris is an actor, writer, and spoken word artist. He was UK All-Star Poetry Slam champion in 2013, and now performs all over the country, from Latitude Festival to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. His debut solo show, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family,’ won the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award before touring the country extensively, finishing with a sell-out run at the Southbank Centre. He hosts ‘Cadence,’ a monthly poetry and music night in London, and in March 2016 he launched PAW – his attempt to record and publish a Poem A Week on Youtube for a year. Ben’s writing has been broadcast across BBC radio, and appears regularly in print and online. His commissions include new work for the Royal Festival Hall, IdeasTap, Ditch the Label, LIPA, and the Royal Horticultural Society (as part of Hosta Consulting’s gold-medal-winning show garden at Tatton Park). His first poetry pamphlet was published in 2014.

Maria Ferguson is a writer and performer from Romford, Essex. She has been a resident artist for both Roundhouse and Battersea Arts Centre, where she has developed and performed exciting work blending spoken word, theatre and movement. Maria has collaborated with prestigious venues such as The Albany, Bristol Old Vic, Richmix and Southbank Centre, as well as popular spoken word artists Polarbear, Scroobius Pip, John Berkavitch and Kate Tempest. Her show Fat Girls Don’t Dance (Winner of the Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show 2017) toured extensively across the UK and she is in the process of developing her follow-up show Essex Girls, which previewed at The Roundhouse.

Jamie Thrasivoulou is a poet, spoken word artist, lyricist, and poetry educator from sunny old Derbados (Derby). His work is raw, energetic, authentic, highly politicised and is capable of giving you a good slap around the chops! He has been published by Not-So-Popular, Burning House Press, Hand-Job-Zine, The Arsonist, Glove, Rzur Cuts, Low-Light Magazine, Crown House Publications, Here Comes Everyone, Independent Thinking Press and Paper & Ink Zine amongst others. His first collection The Best Of A Bad Situation was released in May 2017 through Silhouette Press. Jamie is currently the Writer-In-Residence at HMP Foston Hall, and the lead writer on Man-Up, a project with the Stoke based organisation RESTOKE which will develop a play exploring the relationship between masculinity and mental health.

Matt Abbott is one of the UK’s rising spoken word stars. After starting out in the Yorkshire indie music scene at the age of 17, he has gone on to establish himself as a nationally acclaimed spoken word artist. A music career as the frontman of Skint & Demoralised brought him to national attention; with critically acclaimed lyrics and major music festival performances to boot. Since returning to spoken word in 2013, he’s toured the UK extensively, taken 5* shows to Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 and 2017, and formed a spoken word record label called Nymphs & Thugs. He is Poet-in-Residence at the National Coal Mining Museum for England; a resident Creative Practitioner at The Hepworth Wakefield; and an ambassador for Trinity Homeless Projects; Eureka! The National Children’s Museum; and CRIBS International. In late 2016, he starred in a national TV ad campaign for Nationwide Building Society, through his work with The Poetry Takeaway.

FØNX draws influence from the likes of John Mayer, D’Angelo and George Benson to deliver RnB-infused pop with jazz, funk and soul influences. He self released two EP’s which gained attention and support from BBC Introducing’s Abbie McCarthy and radio airplay from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary and 6Music’s Tom Robinson. A Vargenta remix of his summer 2017 single ‘Can’t Get Enough’ reached no.10 in the Main Club Charts and his last two releases have featured on BBC Introducing, Channel 4’s Loaded and Spotify’s New Music Friday.

Karim Kamar is a Neo Classical pianist and composer from London. He has been performing solo since 2013 and has performed at almost every major music venue in London including: The Jazz Cafe, The Roundhouse, Ronnie Scotts and The Royal Albert Hall. Along with writer and poet, Anthony Anaxagorou, Karim helped establish Out-­Spoken in 2012, and curates Out-Spoken’s music programme.

Founded in 2012 by poet Anthony Anaxagorou, Out-Spoken is hosted by Joelle Taylor and curated by Anthony Anaxagorou, Karim Kamar, Sam ‘Junior’ Bromfield and Tom MacAndrew.

Out-Spoken invites the UK’s leading poets, rappers and musicians to share their art at a monthly showcase. This special gig will celebrate National Poetry Day 2018, featuring local poets and musicians alongside acts from across the country.


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Dates & Times

Out-Spoken - Thu 4 Oct 8:00pm Thu 4 Oct Nottingham Playhouse 8:00pm £12 (£10 concessions)

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