New show from the poet, playwright and performer Cecilia Knapp.
“A pub. A long shift. Two mates and a whole heap of unruly memories. How do we remember those who aren’t here anymore? Do we always put them on a pedestal? How do we find the language to talk about mental health and addiction? How do we carry on in the face of loss? Why does everyone want to leave their home town and what happens when you’re the one left behind?
“Liam and Mitch haven’t seen each other since they lost Dylan. Trapped in a pub during a dead shift with nothing to do but wash glasses and eat Bombay mix, they start to dig deep into the past and try to get to the truth.”
Cecilia Knapp is a poet, playwright and performer. She has performed all over the UK and internationally. Commissions include the TATE, The Guardian and the BBC and she has been featured in Vogue as one of the UK’s young poets to watch. She was shortlisted for the role of London Laureate in 2018 and longlisted for the 2019 Outspoken poetry prize. Her first show Finding Home was recently published by Bristol-based Burning Eye Books and toured the U.K. extensively. Her writing has been described as ‘light as a birds feather’ (Lyn Gardner). She is working on her first novel and her debut poetry collection. She is currently poet in residence at Great Ormond Street hospital and tutors the Roundhouse Poetry Collective. Her work often looks at how we confront the current mental health crisis in the UK by platforming stories that can often be sidelined, that breed empathy, challenge and start conversations. She believes in the transformative act of writing and sharing stories. She is an ambassador for the mental health charity C.A.L.M.