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College talent shines at live literature show

Posted on 09/04/2010

Jo Shapcott and Daljit Nagra in rehearsals

Poets Jo Shapcott, who teaches on the MA in Creative Writing course at Royal Holloway, University of London and alumnus Daljit Nagra, who graduated with an English degree in 1991, are bringing their poems to life by going on tour across the UK to perform them in front of a live audience.

‘You Are Here’ is a unique poetry show which brings the poets together on stage for a poetry-based performance of their most engaging poems written in the first person, and asks ‘Who are you? Where are you and where are you going?’

The poets have worked in collaboration with literature promoter Jaybird and director Phoebe Stout to create the live literary experience which uses lighting design and music, as well as how the poets move and sit on stage to engage with the audience and enhance the emotions evoked by the words.

The performances have been a big hit and have been shown across the country, appearing everywhere from Newcastle and Devon to Hull and London.

Professor Shapcott said, "It’s great to be part of this unusual poetry and theatre collaboration. The producer, Julia Bird had the idea to bring poetry to an audience more used to theatre and has made it happen in ‘You Are Here’ tour. In lots of ways, being on stage is way out of my comfort zone – I’m more used to being a writer and teacher. But I’ve overcome my fears and it has been fun, as well as a privilege, to work with Julia and the poets Colette Bryce and Daljit Nagra.”

* The final show will take place at 7pm on Monday 26 April, at the Hall One at Kings Place, London. Tickets are priced at £11.50 or £9.50 if booked online.
To book a place call 020 7520 1490 or email tickets@kingsplace.co.uk


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