What Words Are Ours?

A bold, playful and joyous poetry-cabaret

What Words Are Ours? features some of the most innovative and daring UK artists working with text, poetry and spoken word. Showcasing a luscious variety of artist What Words Are Ours? combines drag, rap, experimental sound, punk poems, political satire and British Sign Language poetry, as well as more traditional spoken word artists.

What Words Are Ours? is about language and power. Words have kept us down, held us back and locked us up, but at the same time words have freed us; we have found ourselves and reclaimed ourselves with words.

The words we speak, the language we use and how we communicate is inherently political and intrinsically about power. WWAO is a raucous yet tender night-out where we can dive into these issues together.


Friday 17th May, The Key Theatre, Peterborough

BSL interpreted and with live captions. 

RAYMOND ANTROBUS fresh from winning the Ted Hughes Poetry Award and reading from his new book The Perseverance,

ZOË MCWHINNY performing her incredible Visual Vernacular and BSL poetry.

CHARLEY GENEVER is best known as a the youngest person to be the Peterborough Poet Laureate Charely will be performing a ‘speed poem’ based on audience suggestions on the night

AMANI SAEED’s work explores the crisis cultivated by living between sometimes (but not always) contradictory cultures, treading the line between masjid and mini skirt. Amani will be performing her electric, strident and brave poems at the show.

THE PHEONIX is Lava-tongued fierce-mover will be spitting fiery raps and breakneck moves. High energy, gorgeous & charming

Thursday 6th June, The Roundhouse, London

BSL interpreted

Line up to be revealed soon



Pic Credit: Mike Massaro