Word of Mouth

  • 1st May
  • 20:00
  • €12/€10
  • Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street
Spoken Word

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Wednesday 1st May

Join us for an unmissable night of spoken word featuring poetry and battle-rap sensation Mark Grist (UK), Dublin’s best loved poetician John Cummins, top Belfast wordsmith Alice McCullough and local writer Nicola Cassidy. All served with a side of open-mic. Prepare your ears for a feast!

Mark Grist is an award-winning poet, performer and battle-rapper based in the UK. He's won countless slams, titles and awards for his work, including Poet Laureate of Peterborough 2008, Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion 2010 and two Webby awards for his poetry online.  His poetry has been viewed in every country in the world and he's gained over 30 million views for his work to date. Recent commissions have included work for The BBC, The Royal Institute, Channel 4, Film4, Red Bull and Google. This summer, he starred in a Red Bull documentary series, ‘Mark Grist battles the World’, where he explored hip hop culture across The Philippines and battled Loonie, the most viewed rap battler in the world. He is totally obsessed with language. He loves writing and performing his own work and making documentaries that explore the different ways we've found to communicate with each other. When he's not writing, touring or playing board games, he also makes educational videos for his Youtube channel.

Alice McCullough is a forerunner on the wave of spoken word talent rising in Belfast. Her award-winning poetry performances have captivated audiences, from her 'Alice Fresco' outdoor recitals to her critically acclaimed one-woman show, 'Earth to Alice', her work has gained praise and recognition both in her hometown and beyond.  She has supported talents in poetry, comedy and music including Hollie McNish, Katherine Ryan, Tony Walsh and Lemn Sissay. Alice's unique way with words has won her a presence on local and international radio with poems commissioned for both television (BBC The Arts Show) and radio (BBC Talkback, BBC Arts Extra and U105).

Poetician John Cummins has been writing for over 20 years and performing since early 2010.  He is a three time Leinster Poetry Slam Champion and the 2013/2014 All-Ireland Poetry Slam Champion. One of Ireland's most unique voices, John has brought his spoken word poetry to every corner of our isle. From festival fields to our National Concert Hall, John shares poetry that aims to highlight, uplift, and inspire. His words break down the border between audience and performer. John's story is the story of us.

Drogheda based writer Nicola Cassidy returns to the Centre with her new spoken word piece entitled: ‘Romeo and Juliet: A Love Story’, based on the 1996 movie by Baz Luhrmann. Through film and song, Nicola will take a look back at the impact the love story had on her and the lives of her friends, as they entered their teenage years.

WORD OF MOUTH will also feature a short open mic section with sign up available on the night - get there early to put your name down!