Friday 13 October
Performance poet Lemn Sissay MBE will perform a reading of his one-man play in Manchester this week.
Something Dark tells the story of Lemn Sissay’s upbringing in children’s homes and foster care, and the search for his family and true identity. Originally directed by John McGrath (National Theatre of Wales/MIF), Something Dark has been performed throughout the world to great critical acclaim. It was adapted for BBC Radio 3 in 2005, and the following Q&A sessions have become legendary.
The Chancellor of The University of Manchester is performing in the city as part of Journey’s Festival. The festival aims to celebrate the talent and stories of refugee and asylum seeker artists who now call Manchester home.
Lemn is associate artist at the Southbank Centre, author of five poetry collections and an award-winning play. He is ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and World Book Night, and founder of Cultureword.
His work with young people has changed the lives of thousands, guiding ‘Superheros’ out from dark corners and supporting care leavers across the UK.