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Poetry To Succeed presents Poetry In Commotion - a NEW Open Mic Night at the Towngate

Do you Write? Do you perform? Are you a poet? Are you an EmCee? Do you want a space to share your creativity with others and develop as an artist? Get involved in this NEW Open Mic Night in Basildon.

Performance Dates/Times

  • Thursday 9 March 2017 from 7.30pm - Special guest performer THOMAS 'GHETTOGEEK' OWOO, details below

  • Thursday 6th April 2017 from 7.30pm - Details to be announced

  • Thursday 18th May from 7.30pm - Details to be announced

  • Thursday 22nd June from 7.30pm - Details to be announced

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Age and suitability Please Note: some performances may contain adult content

Venue Towngate Gielgud Room

About Poetry in Commotion

'Poetry in Commotion' - is the brainchild of Basildon poet Olmo Lazarus, formerly one half of local spoken word duo The Tory Town Poets.

The poet - real name Jacques Bottjer - teaches youngsters through his Poetry to Succeed project and helps to organise the borough's annual Poetry Slam, which sees children from local schools compete in a spoken word poetry tournament.

He has described the 'Poetry in Commotion' event as, 'an opportunity for writers, poets and performers to share their work, discuss ideas and develop their art'.

Liz Grant, from the Foundation for Essex Arts - which has helped to launch the scheme - has plans that sessions will be held roughly every four weeks, here at the public-owned Towngate Theatre.

Get involved in this NEW Open Mic Night in Basildon.

Would you like to get involved in this NEW Open Mic Night in Basildon.


Visit Poetry to Succeed's 'Poetry in Commotion' web page

Foundation for Essex Arts and Poetry To Succeed present the sixth instalment of Poetry In Commotion!

Thursday 9 March from 7.30pm onwards at the Towngate.

Special guest performer THOMAS 'GHETTOGEEK' OWOO.Thomas ‘Ghettogeek’ Owoo Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Thomas 'Ghettogeek' Owoo is a psychology and sociology teacher who, for last 13 years, has been using rap, spoken word and poetry to engage disaffected young people in north west London.

Thomas has been a manager or an alternative education seclusion unit and was an SEBD Advisory Teacher for Brent Council where he has trained schools, staff and pupils in finding ways to reduce exclusions from school. During the day, he is a rap therapist and spoken word teacher in a primary school in London . He is also the founder of the new creative arts YouTube channel called GhettogeekTV.

Ghettogeek only started performing within the London poetry circuit over the last  two year after his A-level sociology class (The #Sociology7) asked him to perform his teaching resource called "Sociology in Rap" out in the community. Since listening to them it has led to him also featuring at events at the Clapham Grand, Lyric Theatre, Nozstock Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe BBC Poetry Slam.He also just recently performed for Mim Shaikh's show on the BBC Asian Network.

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