Tuesday, June 24, 2008

SPICE FESTIVAL SLAM! @ the Hackney Empire

In July, THIRTY plucky poets are WANTED to compete for: the chance to grace the Hackney Empire's main stage supporting top US slam poet Daniel Beaty, a slot in the final of the Hackney Empire's legendary '291' talent show on Friday 25th July, and £100 cash! Each heat begins at 7.30pm in the Hackney Empire's Marie Lloyd Bar and is hosted by the host of Utter!, Mr Richard Tyrone Jones: 'Wonderful compere and poet' – Daljit Nagra. 10 intrepid contestants will competein each heat!

Heat One - Tuesday 1st July - FREE
Special Guest Poets: Niall Spooner-Harvey, 2004/5 UK slam champion, and awesome roots-reggae revivalist Crisis.

Heat Two - Tuesday 8th July – FREE
Special Guest Poets: Polar Bear, shortly due to unleash his one-manshow 'If I cover my nose you can't see me' at the Purcell Rooms, and Kat Francois, 2005 World Slam Champion and BBC3 Poetry Slam winnerwho's conquered the world with her one-woman show.

Heat Three - Tuesday 15th July - FREE
Special Guest Poets: Baden Prince Jr, host of the Marie Lloyd's 'Speakeasy', the 'Isaac Hayes of Poetry' and a very special Mystery Guest…

Tuesday 22nd July – THE FINAL…
The three finalists picked from the Marie Lloyd bar heats will compete against each other on the main stage, forming the barnstorming first half of a show that culminates in Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion Daniel Beaty's unmissably powerful Fringe First and Obie award-winning show 'Emergence-See'. "a dazzling 90 minutes full of memorable moments…intense…hilarious" -New York Times.

So to book your slot, or get more information, press or photos please email richardtyronejones@gmail.com, phone 07912 539 098 or post on the Facebook event now: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=33285936288

Nearest Overground: Hackney Central

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