Our Resident Artists Programme offers support and opportunities for emerging artists aged 18-25 to transition from our Creative Programme into the creative industries.

Our Resident Artists work across many art forms, including Circus and Cabaret, Performing Arts, Music and Radio, reflecting the Roundhouse’s artistic programme.

The programme helps these artists to gain a foothold in the creative industries and through it they’ve been involved with a range of events including performances at the Olympic Park for the Olympics and the Paralympics, Hyde Park and festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, Camp Bestival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They’ve also gained exposure from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1xtra, BBC Radio London and NME.

There’s no way I would have had as many opportunities without the Roundhouse – they recognise talent and really support it.

Billy Clark, Resident Artist and DJ

If you’re interested in booking one of our Resident Artists, or if you’re interested in becoming a Resident Artist please contact:

Musicians or DJs:

Rebecca Basten
Music Programme Trainee Assistant.
Rebecca.Basten@roundhouse.org.uk

Performing Arts artists:

Chateelah Green
Trainee Assistant Producer
Chateelah.Green@roundhouse.org.uk


Supported by
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Couples

Couples

Band

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Couples are the prophesised indie revival.

A five-piece hailing from North London, they have already headlined venues such as The Borderline and Proud, Camden. Drawing on inspiration from bands such as The Arctic Monkeys and Mystery Jets; lyrics that err on the boundary between comedy and tongue-in-cheek political commentary are set against a backdrop of catchy guitar and drums.

Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

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Craft D

Craft-D

Poet and Rapper

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Craft-D is a spoken word poet, rapper, writer, musician, and battle MC from London. His spoken word and rap performances aim to bridge the gap between forms associated with traditional poetry and contemporary hip-hop, using experimental rhyme schemes, structures and metaphors, often challenging societal stereotypes and stigmas around issues such as anxiety, mental health, masculinity and structural inequality.

Craft-D is well known for his performances in Don’t Flop rap battle league where he maintains an impeccable win/loss record, and has performed in major venues such as Ministry of Sound and Roundhouse London.

He is also the founder of acclaimed events company Raise the Bar Spoken Word, and a Resident Artist at the Roundhouse in London.

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

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DeeWain

DeeWain

Rapper

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A young hip-hop conscious rapper with an old school RnB vibe thrown in the mix, combined with smith poetry and harmonies.

DeeWain has had online blog coverage and has also been invited to play at this year’s Global 12 Festival and Great Escape Festival.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Dirty Doggz

Dirty Doggz

Rapper

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DirtyDoggz is an extremely versatile Grime MC from South West London, known for his absurdly fast paced lyricism and flexibility in the Underground Music Scene.

Having been featured on several Youtube channels and Radio Station, and performing in and out of London at such places as Torquay, NottingHill Carnival, XOYO (closing for Wiley) and RinseFM, he is pioneering a new era of Grime.

Facebook | Twitter

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D M Farley

D M Farley

Singer-Songwriter

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Originally hailing for Scotland, D M Farley moved to London to study film production during which time his passion for music came to the fore – both through writing scores for his films and being in and out of various bands.

His journey into contemporary music began age 9 when he began playing saxophone and was introduced to the sounds of Cannonball Adderley and Herbie Hancock. By 15 he was an both an accomplished saxophonist and pianist and was exploring the sixties through The Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones, and The Doors. This combination of influences lets him enjoy an eclectic sound that continues to evolve with each release.

Soundcloud | Youtube

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Fred Fredas

Fred Fredas

Rapper

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Fred Fredas is a 22 year old musician coming out of South London. With his proclivity for soulful instrumentals mixed with gritty, hard hitting vocals; it is not hard to detect both American and British influence in the music of Fred Fredas.

An astute and observant storyteller, he harnesses the immediacy of grime with the undeniable sheen of modern hip hop.

The likes of Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson, Andre 3000, The Roots and many more were Fred’s influences as he was growing up and now all those sounds have been manifested in his music.

Website | SoundCloud | YouTube

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Gabriel Jones

Gabriel Jones

Poet

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Gabriel is a poet, facilitator and music producer, originally from Aberystwyth in West Wales. He has performed work around the U.K including Bestival, Camp Bestival, Bradford Literature festival and Lovebox.

He is published by Mudpress and has made work for BBC Falling Tree Project, Edinburgh Fringe, Everyman and Playhouse. He is a member of London based collective ‘Spare the Poets’ who debuted their new show “Milk Teeth” at the Roundhouse last year.

Armed with a drum machine and customary pints of earl grey, Gabriel has recently incorporated music into his work; creating soulful honest pieces that sway between lullaby and head-nodding beats. A lover of stories and human beans.

Twitter | SoundCloud | YouTube

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Georgie Jones

Georgie Jones

Performance Poet

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Georgie Jones is a performance poet and storyteller originally from a small town in the Midlands now living in North London.

Never one to shy from embarrassment (and arguably over sharing) She often writes autobiographically and loves to celebrate the beauty and the humour in the little things, the otherwise insignificant things. She tells lyrical stories with honesty, charisma and wit.

Her performance has been described as ‘delightfully dry’ which, for someone who sports a sweaty palm more often than not, she will take as a compliment.

Georgie has performed in theatres, at festivals, in pubs and on streets all over the city and is currently working on her first full-length spoken word show.

Website | Twitter

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James Alexander

James Alexander

Comedian

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James Alexander is a comedian. And knows how to write a bio. He knows he has to make it seem like it’s not James who has written it. Which it isn’t by the way…this is…this is….Esmeralda Quaffleston III jr.

And I don’t know James. Never heard of James. This is not James.

Anyway, I heard James tells whimsical stories and poems designed to make you chuckle. He is making a theatre piece about it which will be coming soon. He is also in a sketch group called Pöjj. And yes even performed at the Edinburgh Fringe once or twice.
So far people (minus his father) seem to like him. Maybe you will like him too. I don’t know if I’ll like him. Because I’ve never met him. Me, Esmeralda Quaffleston III jr. But I like quirky comedy so maybe I’ll check him out on his various platforms. And you should too. Because I am most definitely not James.

Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

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Joe Winter

Joe Winter

Singer-Songwriter

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A singer and song-maker who leans to the electronic left, Joe Winter creates music evocative of his hometown of London, as well as a few other places in between. But his voice evokes nowhere you’ve ever been.

Winter makes assertive use of percussion to both harmoniously and contrastingly juxtapose his arresting vocal, which, with its rich textures, ascends and descends somehow with both weight a lightness. His voice, his bread and butter, is hugely resonant and uniquely manages to breath darkness and brightness at the same time.

The result are tunes full of soul, deep in meaning, and yet with a lyrical wit that doesn’t fail to raise eyebrows. And after all of this, it’s still impossible not to bob your head to.

Website | SoundCloud | Facebook

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Joss Ryan

Joss Ryan

Producer and DJ

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Joss Ryan is a London-based music producer and live performer, taking his exciting electronic productions from his bedroom studio to the stage. Since his first release Melancholy Dreams on DVA music in 2011, which received support from BBC Radio & XFM heavyweight Mary Anne Hobbs, Radio 1’s Benji B and Beats 1 host Julie Adenuga, he’s continued to explore and push the boundaries of modern electronic music by drawing influence from Grime, Garage & RnB.

With a number of successful digital and vinyl releases under his belt, his audience and reputation has grown significantly over the years, earning him a feature on blogs and publications such as Pigeons & Planes, The Wire magazine and a support slot for Deep Medi/ Bronswood recording’s very own Swindle. Joss Ryan is part of a new wave of exciting electronic music which delivers deep and broody musicality wrapped in pristine production, delivered through a thoughtful and honest performance.
His most recent EP, Lost for Love, released mid 2016 on Silkie & Quest’s Antisocial records, is available on both 12” vinyl and digitally through online stores.

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Kenan Kián

Kenan Kián

Singer-Songwriter

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Kenan Kián is a 19 year old, free-spirited singer, songwriter/dancer based in London,

Kenan’s Multi-talented fashion have already led him to places such as “The Big House Theatre Company”, Amy Winehouse Foundation, also led him performed in place such as The Forge, The Roundhouse, The Royal Court Theatre, The Jewish Museum and more.

He is currently working on his first project that aims to convey and blast his inner feelings, experiences dating and onward journey.

With inspirations from 90s, 80s that now, ranging from Michael Jackson, Prince, to Lady Gaga, and Jess Glynne

Kenan also loves funk, house, pop, indy pop, electric pop, R&B, Soul and trap. These artists have influenced his sound, a sound that’s edgy, new, meaningful.

Soundcloud | Facebook | Instagram

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Luke Hallgarten

Luke Hallgarten

Circus Artist

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Luke is a London bred circus artist. He graduated the National Centre for Circus arts in 2015 with a first class honors degree and went on to study at Le Lido Centre des Arts du Cirque du Toulouse in France.

He was co-founder of London based circus company Circulus, which won the Deutche Bank award for Contemporary Circus in 2014. Luke is a circus performer, maker and researcher.

He has taught at the NCCA and at Circus Central, and is currently in creation for the Pôle National du Cirque du Nexon for their new production ‘Entre Ciel et Terre’.

This summer he will be touring in Lithuania with Le Lido and starting a new research project around the development of creative language within Circus.

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LVNA

LVNA

Band

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LVNA (Lydia Clowes & Teresa Origone) came together in London as a keyboard and vocal duo, which soon expanded into an all female four-piece band, and developed the project into the sleepy lullabies and soulful sounds of LVNA. Influenced by a wide rangeof artists, from Lianne La Havas to Little Dragon to D’Angelo, their debut EP ‘In Limerence’ captures the essence of childhood and vivid dreams with sweet sounding synths and unpredictable beats bouncing under pure vocals. The EP is a colourful collection of songs in which LVNA spontaneously blend jazz and soul elements with lo-fi production.

Having worked with producer Count Counsellor and the Tiny Factory collective, LVNA self-released ‘In Limerence’ in early November 2016. Following a sold out self-organised EP launch gig at The Islington in December 2016, and a gig at The Roundhouse supporting Little Simz as part of the Roundhouse Rising festival (February 2017), LVNA are now preparing to play the festival season (Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Brainchild amongst others).

One of the songs ‘Windows’ got some support from Spotify as it was added to playlists such as UK New Music Friday, Fresh Finds, Global Viral Hits, Women of Fresh Finds amongst others, and gained over 100,000 plays in less than a month, reaching the top 15 in the global viral Spotify charts. The whole EP is currently sitting at more than 170,000 streams collectively and is being playlisted regularly by the likes of Late Night Tales, KINDER and Hairy Hands.

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Marika Mckennell

Marika Mckennell

Poet, Actor & Playwright

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Marika is a London based actor, poet and playwright.

Her work is politically fuelled, informed and inspired by her mixed heritage, involvement in Hip Hop Education and feminist believes. Marika graduated University of Cambridge in 2014.

She co-runs Crass Menagerie Company and has devised full length shows at The Hackney Showroom, Russet Theatre London, and Clair Cellars Cambridge. Marika’s play ‘Mind the Gap’ premiered Edinburgh Fringe 2015 wining an NSDF commendation, then went on to Etcetera theatre Camden. Her play ‘Who Killed Chameleon Girl’ was shown at Camden People’s Theatre 2016.

Marika has written poetry for the NYT Gala at Shaftesbury Theatre and The Royal Court’s Open Court Festival 2016. Marika was a member of the Royal Court Playwriting Group 2017 and is proudly a Resident artist at the Roundhouse 2017-18.

Acting Showreel | YouTube

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Martha Pailing

Martha Pailing

Poet & Performer

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Martha is a northern born writer, performer and spoken word artist with a background in theatre and live art. From the banal to the peculiar, her work uses free verse to try and understand people and the decisions they make.

She has performed in venues across the UK from London to Edinburgh. Now residing in London, Martha is currently developing her first full solo show Faster People.

Website | Twitter

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Michelle Fisher

Michelle Fisher

Spoken Word Artist

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Michelle Fisher is a spoken word artist from Glasgow.

She was a finalist for the Glasgow leg of Words First; a national collaborative project between BBC Radio 1xtra and the Roundhouse.

She was a finalist in the 2016 BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam and has supported some of the UK’s top performers including; Kate Tempest, Salena Godden, Hollie McNish and Luke Wright.

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Miles Keen

Miles Keen

Dancer

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Miles is a dancer of many styles from North London.

He likes to tell stories through dancing and powerful movements, developing an emotional connection to the audience.

He has been dancing for 14 years.

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Mobius Trip

Mobius Trip

Singer-Songwriter of psychedelic gospel

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They embark on a journey, through time, addressing issues of all proportions creatively with the Projekt Movement, Mobius Trip. Klay leads with his vocals whilst plucking earthy rhythms out of “Valentina” his 4 String; and the occasional strum of his 6 string “Kimaera”. This magnanimous character flows through genres as seamlessly as he time travels and has bright hopes for OUR future, the future of the world we live in.

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Modupe

Modupé

Singer-Songwriter

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Modupé is a 23 year old powerful and distinctive vocalist.

Influenced by likes of Ed Sheeran and Amy Winehouse, she’s also a talented songwriter and musician. She has performed at many prestigious venues across London – including Proud Camden, The London Palladium, The 02 Academy Islington, The Stables, 229 The Venue and BoxPark Shoreditch, providing incontrovertible proof that venues such as these recognise her talent and future offering to the music industry.

Modupé released her first single ‘MAGIC’ earlier in the year, under Indie label Urban Artist. The music video for MAGIC will be released in the summer followed by her first self titled EP ‘‘Lioness’‘.

Facebook | Twitter

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The Purple Lights

The Purple Lights

Band

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London’s Most Electrifying Groove Rock Duo; The Purple Lights fuse authentic roots reggae beats into psychedelic gritty grooves, combining a powerful message, delivered in a bright package.

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Youtube

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Rachel Nwokoro

Rachel Nwokoro

Cross-Disciplinary Storyteller

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Rachel Nwokoro, born and bred in London, identifies as a Cross-Disciplinary Storyteller.

A believer in the transformative power of art to shape our stories, Rachel is a young black woman of Nigerian heritage who has discovered an appreciation of beauty in dark spaces through unfortunate struggles. Earlier this year she spent 2 weeks being the first International Artist to be specially invited for a poetry residency in Mexico.

World SLAM Championship Semi-Finalist and 2016 UK SLAM Champion and current member of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, Rachel writes hoping to understand more fully what it is/can be to be human and more importantly… because she enjoys it.

Discover her work online: Performance 1 | Performance 2 | Performance 3

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Riah Knight

Riah Knight

Singer-Songwriter

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Singer/songwriter Riah plays jazz inspired, down tempo, original soul: expect sultry vocals with evocative lyrics and a twist of folk.

She has been writing and performing for the last ten years and in that time has worked up quite a roster of accolades. At only 20 years of age she has not only performed at institutions such as the Houses of Parliament and Notre Dame, but also at the beach bars of Andalusia and basement clubs of her home city, Brighton.

Currently working on her debut release, Riah continues to collaborate with other upcoming artists, fruits of which are due out later this year, whilst accompanying pop legend Just Jack on his latest releases.

In-between gigging, most recently at The Great Escape Festival, and presenting her show ‘FUSE’ on Platform B Online Radio, Riah is a Roundhouse Artist in Residence and is currently embarking on new ventures as an actress and composer with the National Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin.

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Rhys Hollis

Rhys Hollis

Cabaret Artist and Drag Performer

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Nowhere else does the creative inferno burn as hot as London and from the flames rises: The Phoenix.

This cosmic cabaret creature, though in mortal form, unleashes its lava tongue and filthy mind, through rap and spoken word; or moves like slick and smoke with movement or dance.

They are a drag performer blurring the gender boundaries. They tackle subjects from mental health to substance misuse but never far from a RuPaul parody or just a good old song about a beautiful cock, the Phoenix is sure to set your mind ablaze and have you breaking a sweat.

You can find them perched on stages all around London from the RVT to Dalston Superstore; The Glory or even gracing the stage at Bestival under their newest title of Roundhouse Resident Artist.

Watch them online: Performance 1 | Performance 2

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Saatchi

Saachi Sen

Singer-Songwriter

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Saachi Sen is an Indie/Folk singer songwriter from London whose songs have been released on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Deezer.

She performs regularly at gigs and festivals, and in the past has played incredible music venues like Roundhouse at its festivals Rising and Reverb, as well as Rich Mix Shoreditch, Alchemy festival at the Southbank Centre, and even the House of Commons.

Her Jazz/Pop band SAACHI was formed in 2015 and has since played to packed out audiences at the iconic Camden Assembly, Upstairs at the Garage and the Cambridge Junction. They also achieved finalist status in the Isle of Wight Festival’s ‘New Blood’ competition as one of 8 out of over 2000 entrant acts, as well as the Cambridge Band Competition, broadcast on Cambridge TV and radio. Saachi’s songwriting has gained high level recognition, winning PRS for Music’s Lynsey de Paul prize and featuring on compilation albums from Roundhouse and EMI’s ‘30/30’ project and SongAcademy UK. She’s thrilled to be a Roundhouse Resident Artist in 2017.

Saachi looks forward to making much more music in the upcoming year as well as expanding her growing list of exciting live performances. The most important thing to her in songwriting is creating beautiful, meaningful lyrics, that have something to say.

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Sarah Louise

Sarah McCreadie

Poet and Spoken Word Artist

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Sarah McCreadie is a poet and spoken word artist from Cardiff.

Sarah is a ‘Words First’ spoken word artist in association with BBC 1Xtra and the Roundhouse, a member of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective and a resident artist of the Roundhouse.

Her passion for youth arts has led to her being a founding member of Wales’ first youth radio station Radio Platform, in association with the Wales Millennium Centre, where she has her own show. Sarah has aspirations of combining her poetry with music.

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SugarJ

SugarJ

Poet

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SugarJ is a young Croydon based poet. His poetry explores love, identity and relationships between both people and things.

SugarJ has performed his poetry at a range of venues including the Roundhouse, the Southbank Centre and Birmingham NEC Arena. He is one of the faces of Nationwide’s ‘Voices’ ad campaign with his poem ‘Face to Face’ and is a Barbican Young Poet.

Writer, compere, performer, SugarJ is a special artist who brings his own unique sweetness to every project he’s involved in.

Examples of his work
SoFar London | Word Up | Nationwide

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Simone

Symoné

Hula Hoop Performer, Cabaret Artist and Roller-skater

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Symoné is a professional hula hoop performer and instructor, cabaret artist, choreographer, and roller-skater.

Born just outside Washington D.C. she is a child of a world, a true world traveller from birth, having moved her whole life and working in 9 different countries around the globe her heart is truly international.

She currently holds a Guinness World Record with The Majorettes for ‘most hoops spun simultaneously as a group’, she can spin 40 hoops on her body at once!

With an attitude equally sass as it is fierce, she combines circus style hooping with dance. In the past she has had the opportunity to work with Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Rookie Magazine, Jon Hopkins, Kensington Palace, Dell, Glastonbury festival, and many more!

See examples of her work: Portfolio | Performance 1 | Performance 2 |

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Toby Campion

Toby Campion

Playwright & poet

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Toby Campion is the UK Poetry Slam Individual Champion 2017/18. Described by BBC Sunday Politics as “the voice of a generation”, Toby Campion’s unapologetic words and wit have captured audiences from the Royal Albert Hall to Glastonbury festival, Washington DC’s poetry cafes to street festivals across Europe.

An award winning playwright and poet, his work has featured on national networks including BBC1, BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4, and he has represented the UK in a number of international poetry summits. His debut poetry collection, Prey (Burning Eye Books), will be released in October 2017, shortly after his first play, Wreck, will be produced at the Nottingham Playhouse.’

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