A medley of compelling spoken word performances, Rallying Cry offers the stage to some of the country’s most outspoken artists to address the state of the nation and imagine a better tomorrow.

Joelle Taylor, Chiedu Oraka, Zena Edwards and Francesca Beard perform newly commissioned work on the theme of protest. Interrogating the body as political placard, class and the desperate and challenging need for unity in this time of division, Rallying Cry is a call to action.

With music from South London DJ Conrad Kira

Directed by Rob Watt. Design by Bethany Wells.

‘After Rallying Cry, I feel like we can at least imagine a better tomorrow’London City Nights


Born and raised in Hull, Chiedu Oraka is a rapper and pioneer of the alternative urban scene, and hailed as the sound of northern working-class England. Chiedu has supported some of the UK’s leading Hip-Hop and Grime MCs.

Francesca Beard is an internationally acclaimed poet. She recently toured her solo show Francesca Beard’s Post-Truth Apocalypse while developing a new show, working title: Confabulation.

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author. She is the author of three full collections, including her latest: Songs My Enemy Taught Me.

Raised in Tottenham, Zena Edwards is one the most unique performance poets to come out of London.  She has two one-woman shows, Security (2009) and Travelling Light (2011), which both toured internationally to critical acclaim.

MC/Producer and DJ from South London, once described as the Grime Napoleon Dynamite.


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Photo: Suzi Corker