451 - City

Spoken Word at City - Presented by Apples and Snakes. Live Lit, Spoken Word, Performance Poetry.

19 February, 2018 - 25 June, 2018


    In 2018 Apples and Snakes, England’s premier organisation for performance poetry and spoken word, turns 35. 451 City will build on that legacy, bringing the best local, national and international spoken word artists to Southampton, from stand-up poets to live literature to spoken word theatre.

    Monday 19 February 7.45pm

    How to Survive a Post Truth Apocalypse
    Never have I ever…
    ...talked too much when I was nervous.
    ...kept silent to protect a friend.
    ...bent the truth for my job.
    ...told a lie to a stranger for fun.
    ...stared into the fridge and wondered what I was looking for.
    ...lied during a questionnaire.

    Join Francesca Beard, your sham-shaman, on an epic adventure through a wonderland of lies, fictions, Wikipedia facts and the stories we tell ourselves. Through a series of fabulous encounters, you will explore make-believe in its many forms, from political spin, to polite half-truths, to the lies we live by: ‘Capitalism is a meritocracy’; ‘Grandma, I love this cardigan’; ‘Yes, I have read the terms and conditions’.
    Francesca is one of the most successful spoken word artists in the UK, and has developed innovative work such as Chinese Whispers and Animal Olympics. Directed by Rob Watt, (Standby for Tape Back-up, Goosebumps) this new show explores our place in a new “post-truth” world that's had enough of experts, but not enough of Donald Trump. It asks: ‘What is the global cost of make-believe?’, ‘Are all humans liars?’ and ‘Can the truth set us free?’

     (this show is 70 mins long)


    Henry Madd
    Henry Madd is an up and coming poet, theatre maker and live wire spoken word artist who truly fills the room when he performs. Madd cut his teeth on the poetry stages of California before returning to Canterbury where he joined Rough Cut Collective and won the 2017 Wise Words Festival / Apples and Snakes Emerging Talent competition. His work has been described as hilariously honest and deeply moving, covering topics from wider global issues to life growing up in a small town.

    Open mic (Spaces limited. Sign up on the door from 7pm)

    Hosted by Ricky Tart

    For further info email: [email protected]