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Experts, Ideas & Markets, Theatre & Dance

Lemn Sissay: Some Thing Dark  

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Tue 24 Oct | 8pm | Tickets £15 (£13.50) | Theatre

A rare chance to see a dramatic reading of the acclaimed one-man play by celebrated performance poet, Lemn Sissay.

Something Dark tells the story of Lemn Sissay’s upbringing in children’s homes and foster care, and the search for his family and true identity. Originally directed by John McGrath (National Theatre of Wales), Something Dark has been performed throughout the world to great critical acclaim. It was adapted for BBC Radio 3 in 2005, and the following Q&A sessions have become legendary.

To celebrate the publication of Something Dark by Oberon Books and its inclusion on ‘Contemporary Black British Literature: A Reading Guide’, produced to accompany Edexcel’s A level English Literature and English Language and Literature; we are delighted to share this with you.

It’s an extraordinary true story, told by a masterful performer.

About Lemn Sissay

Lemn is associate artist at the Southbank Centre, author of five poetry collections and an award-winning play. He is ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and World Book Night, and founder of Cultureword.

His work with young people has changed the lives of thousands, guiding ‘Superheros’ out from dark corners and supporting care leavers across the UK. He was awarded an MBE for his impact on literature, and is an honorary doctor of letters at the University of Huddersfield, where he has also set up The Sissay Scholarship for care leavers.

The sheer intimacy of poet Lemn Sissay’s performance underpins the power of this monologue

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