Apples and Snakes presents
Bringing the best local, national and international spoken word artists to Southampton; from stand-up poets to live literature to spoken word theatre.
Yomi is a Nigerian British writer, performer, facilitator and Complete Works Alumni. He has read at Lagos International Poetry Festival, Afrika Fest in Finland and at the New York Public Library with the British Council. His writing has been published in Rialto Magazine, Bare lit Anthology, 10: Poets of the New Generation Anthology, Tales of Two Londons Anthology and the upcoming Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space.
In 2019 Yomi was awarded one of three Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships.
COAT, Yomi’s first one-man show, has toured nationally to sold-out audiences and he is currently working on his first poetry collection.
British-born, Barbadian-raised Birdspeed, is known to captivate audiences by effortlessly weaving poetry, storytelling, satirical humour and movement. Her writing is a combination of social commentary and auto-biography and includes themes on Caribbean culture and folklore, afrofuturism, black feminism, mental health and the lingering effects of colonialism on the black body.
Neelam writes about gender, culture and sexuality and is currently developing her first spoken word show; Queer Brown Skin.
Her poetry will reach out to the daughters of immigrants; to mothers who stay; to girls who love girls and to girls who sing hurricanes away.
by Rosy Carrick
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Everyone writes instructions to their future selves – but what happens when the future starts writing back?
Dr Rosy Carrick has to build a time machine because her future self is stuck in the past after a failed mission to save Russian revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. She summons the help of science’s greatest minds – Einstein, Hawking, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rocky Balboa – in order to rewrite history and save herself…
This complex and emotional performance explores the realities of self-determination and time travel – taking in quantum physics, David Bowie, motherhood, #metoo and some most heinous hangovers.
‘Surprising, audacious, original. Superb – ****’ EdinburghFestival.org
‘A truly fascinating and empowering piece – ****’ Broadway World
‘Elegant, delightful, heartbreakingly beautiful’ Total Theatre
Rosy Carrick is a poet, playwright, translator and performer. She has a PhD on the poetry of Vladimir Mayakovsky and has published two books of his work in translation. Her debut poetry collection, Chokey, was published by Burning Eye Books in 2018.
Passionate Machine is her first play.
Directed by Katie Bonna.
Plus OPEN MIC.
Sign up at Box Office on the night from 7pm. Spaces limited.
Hosted by Ricky Tart
Details coming soon!