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Roundhouse's The Last Word tackles post-truth world of 2017

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 7:55 AM

Diversity, immigration, post-truth politics and mental health are all on the agenda this year

The Camden Roundhouse’s popular The Last Word festival returns for a fourth year this Spring, with shows set to tackle the political and social climate in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency and Brexit.


From May 28 until June 10, performers, actors and artists are set to address issues including diversity, immigration, post-truth politics, mental health and even threats to London nightlife.


Highlights include a revival of South Londoner Sabrina Mahfouz’s critically acclaimed play, With a Little Bit of Luck, which travels back to a hot summer night when old-school UK Garage was king.


The British Egyptian poet and playwright is also set to address perceptions around British Muslim women in an evening called The Things I Would Tell You.


Identity will too be a theme in Coat, a show from British Nigerian spoken word artist Yomi, while Caleb Femi, the first young people's laureate for London, will present a show addressing migration, assimilation and London gang culture.


Elsewhere, Rizzle Kicks rapper Jordan Stephens will present his first spoken word show Rats with Wings. Details are presently being kept under wraps, but the show will offer Stephens' take on his experiences of moving from a life of excesses to one of simplicity. Last year, Stephens worked with the YMCA to launch a campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues in young people.


The Roundhouse’s artist-in-residence, Erin Bolen, will also present a piece about mental fragility, What We Leave Behind, themed around grief and loss.


Rachel Nelken, The Last Word Producer said, “I’m incredibly excited about this year’s The Last Word festival, fast becoming a key event in the UK arts calendar. The festival this year sees spoken word in all its forms; everything from one person stand up theatre shows, to a full on garage music rave in the Roundhouse’s iconic Main Space!


"The 2017 festival explores some really topical and important themes - migration, identity, gentrification, truth in a post-truth world, grief, loss and mental health issues. An annual highlight is our established Poetry Slam featuring the most amazing new poets in the UK. Also this year, we’ll be featuring some great new ‘gig theatre’ – for those who like their gigs with a theatre twist!”


Other established acts on the bill include hysterical surrealist John Hegley.


For more information, visit roundhouse.org.uk

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