Part of The Last Word, a festival where words come alive.

A tongue-twisting, thigh-slapping, tear-jerking poetry-cabaret show.

Created and hosted by poetry-clown Talia Randall, this sell-out, text-based variety show features a kaleidoscope of performances, from comedians, cabaret artists, visual vernacular performers, to rising stars of the spoken word scene.

This special Last Word edition of the show features award-winning comedy writer-performer Jack Rooke, Visual Vernacular performer Ishtiaq Hussain, spoken word artist Koko Brown with actor Sapphire Joy, poet Jamal Mehmood and Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2018 finalist Reece Lyons.

The show will be BSL interpreted and captioned.


Jack Rooke, a comedian, writer, presenter and mental health campaigner. The debut show he co-wrote with his Nan won a bundle of awards. At What Words Are Ours? Jack will be sharing part of Love Letters, a show about modern romance.

Ishtiaq Hussain aka ‘Ish’, a deaf artist hailing who creates ‘no sound’ entertainment via Visual Vernacular. Ishtiaq will leave you mesmerised with exaggerated visual jokes and BSL comedy.

Koko Brown with Sapphire Joy, who will be sharing excerpts from her show Grey, a candid show exploring depression and black women’s mental health which will be fully British Sign Language integrated by Sapphire Joy.

Jamal Mehmood, a multi-talented writer bringing you thoughtful, sensitive and playful poetry. and who has appeared on BBC Asian Network, BBC Introducing and Media Diversified.

Reece Lyons is a Transgender writer and performance poet. She was a Roundhouse Poetry Slam Finalist in 2018, where her poem I am a Woman and I have a Penis went viral and viewed by over 3.5 million people online. At What Words Are Ours? Reece will be writing and performing a ’speed poem’ based on audience suggestions on the night.

Talia Randall, who makes and curates riotous cabaret, bold poetry and joyous theatre. An artist, writer and dyslexic, Talia has performed across the UK at the Roundhouse, The Southbank Centre, Wales Millennium Centre, Bristol Old Vic, Glastonbury and The Edinburgh Fringe.