Underword – Screening and Spoken Word Showcase
Fri 11 Apr, 7pm
The Drum welcomes you to experience poetry like never before, combining documentary with live performance as we take a look at the history, significance and legacy of London’s Spoken Word Poetry scene in Underword on Fri 11 Apr at 7pm.
From South London to Philadelphia, Birmingham to Toronto, UK Performance Poets and Spoken Word artists have shared this phenomenal art-form with millions of people on hundreds of stages across the world.
In recent years, Spoken Word and Performance Poetry have exploded into mainstream awareness, but the UK has a long and complex history with the genre, incorporating international influences, English literary traditions and American musical styles to create a truly unique genre used for everything from political protest to stand-up comedy.
With this legacy of a foundation scene at risk of being forgotten, AmeN NoiR of Best Kept Secret set about documenting history and bringing the underground, over-ground. Enter Underword, a snapshot of our spoken word legacy.
The screening of this full length documentary features Spoken Word heavyweights including The Floacist, Malika Booker, David J, El-Crisis, Jonzi-D, 3+1, shortMAN, Zena Edwards, TY, Kat Francois, Best Kept Secret, and Beyonder, followed by performances by leading spoken word artists from London and the Midlands, including CasSpoken, Moqapi Selassie, Deci4life, and Michelle ‘Mother’ Hubbard.
Joining us for this unique event couldn’t be easier. Just call our Box Office on 0121 333 2444 or visit www.the-drum.org.uk to book your tickets, and Click Here for a preview of the documentary!
Venue: The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU
Box Office: 0121 333 2444
Website and online bookings: www.the-drum.org.uk
About The Drum:
The Drum is the UK’s premier intercultural arts centre dedicated to the development, presentation and celebration of arts and cultural activities of Birmingham’s diverse communities for the benefit of all.