What do you think would happen if you knocked on a stranger’s door and offered to write them a poem?
Presented by Rowan McCabe
Written by Rowan McCabe
Direction and Dramaturgy by Peader Kirk
Price: From £10
Three years ago, Rowan McCabe became the world’s first Door-to-Door Poet. Knocking on strangers' doors, he asks what is important to them; he then goes away and writes a poem about this, free of charge, before bringing it back and performing it on their doorstep. Through this bold and arguably stupid act, he hopes to prove that anyone in the world can enjoy poetry. The project has been featured in the Guardian, on BBC Breakfast and was named 'Best of Today' on BBC Radio 4.
Through a funny and thought-provoking mix of spoken word and theatre, Door-to-Door Poetry charts the full story of Rowan's adventures around the North East of England, including his visit to a mosque in Newcastle and his trip to Kingston Road in Stockton, the location for Channel 4’s controversial documentary Benefits Street. Completely out of his comfort zone, Rowan stumbles into a series of unlikely events that question fixed notions about the world we live in. Discussing isolation and prejudice in today's society, this show asks a simple, yet vital question: Can we trust strangers?
Longlisted for Best Spoken Word Show in 2018 Saboteur Awards
'A crusading optimist for humanity... very talented with verse'
'A good introduction to what poetry is today'
British Theatre Guide
'This show goes deeper than merely using interesting prompts to write verse. It is about breaking the stereotypes of those we would consider as ‘rough types’ living on council estates.'
'Rowan is a gifted poet, but what makes his work stand out is the genuine interest in those he’s talked to and the absolute passion he writes with… his background and a firm belief in equality shape his work'
“Well thought-out and very entertaining”
North East Theatre Guide
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