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Five incredible South African poets tour the UK together for the first time. Brought together by South African Poet Laureate and renowned exile campaigner Keorapetse Kgositsile, the show premieres specially commissioned new work. This is a blistering introduction to the new South Africa and to the power of live poetry in performance

Featuring some of the most exciting voices of South Africa in the twenty first century - Donata Mattera, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Lesego Rampolokeng, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers and Lebo Mashile.

Keorapetse Kgositsile (South African Poet Laureate): “I think an exchange of literature among peoples has better chances of building understanding and friendship than any diplomatic missions could ever achieve.”

Linton Kwesi Johnson “It is a very impressive line up of some of South Africa’s finest and most powerful poets.”

Look out for a showcase of collaborative work with UK artists at The Albany (SLAMbassadors), The Drum and Contact

31st October 
  The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Birmingham, B6 4UU
7.30pm, £7 (£5 concession) Box office: 0121 333 2444 / www.the-drum.org.uk

4 November  Southbank Centre, Purcell Room, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX   7.45pm, £10  Box office: 0871 663 2500 / www.southbankcentre.co.uk

7 November  Saville Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE  7.30pm £8 (£6 concession)  Box office 0191 643 7093

10 November  The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG 8pm £8 (£5 concession)  Box office: 020 8692 4446 / www.thealbany.org.uk
12th November   Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA 8pm £10 (£6 concession) Box office: 0161 274 0600 / www.contact-theatre.org

15 November
   Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED 7.30pm £10 (£7 concession) Box office: 0117 987 7877 / www.bristololdvic.org.uk

Beyond Words is presented by Apples & Snakes, in association with Sustained Theatre and funded by British Council South Africa, Arts Council England and the South African Government.

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