Scratch & Spit: Door-to-Door Poetry

Welcome to the fifth in The Lyric's Scratch & Spit nights! For this month's headline show it's Rowan McCabe with his Door to Door poetry...

WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU KNOCKED ON A STRANGER'S DOOR AND OFFERED TO WRITE THEM A POEM?

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.

"A crusading optimist for humanity... highly talented with verse" ***** BroadwayBaby

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?

Scratch & Spit takes place at The Lyric on the last Monday of every other month, with the first half featuring around six 5-minute scratch slots (sign up on the night), then two more developed 10-minute scratch slots (to be pre-booked), then a headline show in the second half after the interval.

Doors & bar open at 7pm for 7:30pm start. Pay what you feel on the door (suggested £10), bring cash!

***CALLING ALL poets, writers, theatre makers!! ***
If you'd like to come and take to the stage for a 5-minute open mic slot, please arrive as close to 7pm as you can, and sign up with Rob Casey (the host) who will allocate slots, and if we are over-subscribed names will get drawn from a hat! If your piece is more like 10 minutes, please email Rob in advance to book: robertcasey@hotmail.co.uk

This showcase is developed in partnership with ArtfulScribe and Apples & Snakes as part of the DO:Write project.

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