We are delighted to bring back Milk Poetry this season and another selection of talented performers from all over the spoken word poetry spectrum. This time the stellar line up will feature the previous UK Slam Champion and internet sensation Hollie McNish and Inua Ellams, who wowed sell out audiences with An Evening with an Immigrant as part of the Tobacco Factory Theatres BEYOND season in October 2016.
With Benjamin Zephaniah stating “I can’t take my ears off her”, Kate Tempest describing her poetry as “welcoming, galvanising and beautiful” and fans ranging from Robin Ince, Pink, Tim Minchin, Marian Keyes to most of the UK’s midwives, Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. She is an Arts Foundation Fellow in Spoken Word, has garnered over two million Youtube views for her online poetry performances and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios. Here she will be joining us to perform poems and read from and chat honestly and openly about her latest book, Nobody Told Me.
Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is an award winning poet, playwright & founder of the Midnight Run. Identity, displacement and destiny are reccurring themes in his work, in which he tries mixing the old with the new, the traditional with the contemporary. His creative work has been recognised with a number of awards, most recently, The Live Canon International Poetry Prize, an Arts Council of England Award, a Wellcome Trust Award, twice shortlisted for the Brunel Prize for African Poetry, longlisted for the Alfred Fagan Award, and a 2009 Edinburgh Fringe First Award.
Amy Leon performs frequently all over New York and has toured numerous times across the UK performing in collaboration with the likes of the BBC, Roundhouse, Amnesty International and more. An alumna of the Nuyorican Slam Team, she fuses music and poetry through powerfully transparent performances focusing on social inequalities and celebrating love, blackness, and what it means to be woman. She is the author of two collections of poetry: the water under the bridge and Mouth Full of Concrete and just released her debut album Something Melancholy.
And – as always – we will be welcoming some of the brightest emerging stars of the Bristol poetry scene to share the stage with these incredible artists.
5×15 is one of our Hosted Shows. We regularly host shows and events by emerging artists, local community, education and amateur groups that we are proud to support. We also regularly make the theatre available for fundraising nights for locally based charitable organisations.
Volunteer Makers is proud to support Tobacco Factory Theatres in the community.
- RUNNING TIME2hrs 30mins (inc. interval)
- AGE RECOMMENDATION14+
- VENUEFactory Theatre