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UnFOLD is an acclaimed 360 live concept led by some of Britain’s most vital young poets – inviting them to recast their words with a string ensemble, percussionists and visual artists. A curated experience that transcends spoken word, contemporary classical, jazz’s new wave and electronica. It sounds like Kate Tempest fused with Ezra Collective. UnFOLD lies in the space between language, music and illustration. From the team behind Lyrix Organix (Rum Shack – Glastonbury, British Council, Roundhouse).
With headline shows at Brighton Festival (at invitation of guest director Kate Tempest), Roundhouse and Love Supreme Festival; collaborations with London Symphony Orchestra and recent solo performances at Lovebox already under their belt, UnFOLD embarks on its first UK tour with a spellbinding 60 minute live production featuring three spoken word artists, music full band and stunning visual art projections. Every show is a one-off experience.
This evening’s show features poet and motivational speaker Sophia Thakur, spoken word artist Kieron Rennie and performance poet Toby Thompson.
A poet, model and motivational speaker with over 14K+ YouTube subscribers and two TED Talks under her belt, Sophia Thakur is emerging as one of the most captivating and vital female voices in spoken word.
The poise of a young Gil Scott Heron mixed with Jean-Michel Basquiat – Kieron Rennie is making waves as an exhilarating spoken word artist strongly influenced by visual art. A Barbican Young Poets resident who tackles subjects from gang culture to male identity and depression.
An unmistakable performance poet mentored by Akala at Hip Hop Shakespeare Company (described him as ‘… easily one of the most gifted young wordsmiths’). Acclaimed by Kate Tempest (‘Toby Thompson is the future’). Since working with UnFold, Toby Thompson has become a resident at Battersea Arts Centre and been commissioned by National Portrait Gallery, Theatre Royal Bath and Sir Ken Robinson.