Door-to-Door Poetry was the first of two live shows I wrote about my experiences as a Door-to-Door Poet. Directed by Peader Kirk, it told the story of the genesis of the project in the North East of England, as I began tentatively knocking on strangers in my home town.
Through a mixture of theatre and spoken word, it described my visit to the infamous Byker Wall, a mosque in the West End of Newcastle, and my trip to Kingston Road in Stockton, the location for Channel 4’s controversial show Benefits Street.
I developed Door-to-Door Poetry at ARC Stockton in 2018 with support from Arts Council England. I then took it to Northern Stage Newcastle before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe, where it played to sell-out audiences and was given 5 stars from Broadway Baby. It also received a ‘must-see’ review from the Morning Star and was longlisted for a Saboteur Award.
In 2019, I took this show on a 12 date tour, with performances at Canada Water Theatre, York Literature Festival, the Cheltenham Poetry Festival and the Tubingen Book Festival in Germany.