Public Address:The Soapbox Tour
  • The House, Plymouth University

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Plymouth Young Writers Squad, Shagufta K Igbal, Justin Coe, AJ McKenna, Jasmine Gardosi
Directed by Hanna Silva
Produced by Apples and Snakes

From mythological women to reasons for love, from the quirky to the political, from gender to bees and everything in between, performance poets across the UK give voice to passions, issues and stories.

Lyrical ingenuity, heart-warming humour and buckets of belief explode from this unique, theatrical spoken word show.

Opening the evening will be Plymouth Young Writers Squad, a group for young writers aged between 12 and 15 who meet at Plymstock Library. The young writers squad is supported by Plymouth City Council Library Service with funding from Literature Works. 

Ticket info: £8.00, concessions £6.00 SPiA 

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Shagufta K Iqbal

Shagufta K’s vivid thought-provoking work beautifully transports audiences to a world where gender, race and culture are examined through a fresh, passionate and exciting perspective. She is a bilingual poet, interested in bringing poetry to a wider audience, particularly through the use of spoken word, theatre and movement, and conveying what it means to be the embodiment of two diverse cultures.


Justin Coe

An endearingly warm and funny performance poet and compere, Justin's generous sense of the silly has made his poetry popular with children, but he can also pack his humour-full performances with energy, honesty and pathos. His performances have been enjoyed by audiences at poetry evenings, comedy gigs and festivals all over the world.


AJ McKenna

AJ describes herself as a fat trans lesbian known mainly for shouting at people about death threats, hair removal cream and public toilets. A multiple slam-winning performance poet, journalist, educator and LGBT rights activist, AJ uses her unique combination of humour, passion and vulnerability to tackle prejudice head-on and to make audiences think.


Jasmine Gardosi

Jasmine is a spoken word poet, West Midlands Poets’ Place coordinator, a Birmingham Poet Laureate 2014/15 finalist and a speaker at March’s TEDxBrum International Women’s Day Salon. A passionate and playful poet with a feminist thread, helping to address cultural taboos and give voice to a new generation of young women.


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