The Show

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Door-to-Door Poetry is a mixture of spoken word, theatre and storytelling. Directed by Peader Kirk, it tells the story of my adventures around the North East of England, as I knocked on stranger’s doors and wrote bespoke poems for them, on any subject of their choosing.

It includes my visit to a mosque in Newcastle and my trip to Kingston Road in Stockton, the location for Channel 4’s controversial show Benefits Street. Discussing loneliness and class stereotypes, the show asks a simple, yet important question: Can we trust strangers?

In 2018 I got a grant from Arts Council England to develop this. The show was tested at ARC Stockton and Northern Stage 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 nominated for a Saboteur Award.

In 2019, I took this show on a national tour, with dates at Canada Water Theatre and York Literature Festival. I was also invited to perform it at the Tubingen Book Festival in Germany.

If you’re a promoter interested in bookings, you can find a full theatre pack here, or contact rowanmccabe6@hotmail.co.uk

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