Spoken Word on the Cobbles
Across the Market
Some of the Roundhouse’s best young talent are going to be flexing those vocal muscles and performing their original spoken word around the Market in live performances. Showcasing their work at four locations between 2pm and 5pm (Market Hall, KERB Counter, Gabeto and Pamban) the four artists will be:
- Martha Pailing: Martha is a northern born writer, performer and spoken word artist with a background in theatre and live art. From the banal to the peculiar, her work uses free verse to try and understand people and the decisions they make.
- James Alexander: James tells whimsical stories and poems designed to make you chuckle. He is making a theatre piece about it which will be coming soon. He is also in a sketch group called Pöjj. And yes even performed at the Edinburgh Fringe once or twice.
- Marika Mckennell: Marika is a London based actor, poet and playwright. Her work is politically fuelled, informed and inspired by her mixed heritage, involvement in Hip Hop Education and feminist believes. Marika graduated University of Cambridge in 2014.
- Gabriel Jones: Gabriel is a poet, facilitator and music producer, originally from Aberystwyth in West Wales. He has performed work around the U.K including Bestival, Camp Bestival, Bradford Literature festival and Lovebox.
Follow the artists around the Market as they perform across the Market:
2pm-2:30pm: KERB Counter
2:45pm-3:15pm: Market Hall
The event will be culminating at Dr. Martens Boot Room, with headline acts from The Poetry Collective, Koko Brown and Wax Lyrical from 5pm-6pm.
The Poetry Collective is a group of young writers and performers who meet weekly to create, experiment and develop their craft, under guidance from established and celebrated poets.
Koko Brown is a theatre-maker & spoken word artist, who uses her loop station as an additional limb. She takes pride in her roots and creates work about being the 'other', mainly focusing on race, mental health, gender, and identity. Her debut show, WHITE, has recently been published by Oberon Books and will tour throughout 2018. As well as currently being an Associate Artist at Ovalhouse theatre and an Alumni Resident Artist at the Roundhouse. Koko has performed with venues such as the National Theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith, and the Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh).
Wax Lyrical is a group of young people who undertook a 6 week intensive Spoken Word Course at the Roundhouse. They have now gone on to create their own collective called the ‘Shutdown collective’ and are being booked for performances across London.