The Secret Garden, Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NR
Wise Words are delighted that will be Lemn Sissay’s first stop as he takes this dramatic reading of his acclaimed one-man play on tour.
Shot through with lyrical beauty and sharp humour, Something Dark tells the story of Lemn’s upbringing, and his search for his family and true identity, after he was put into foster care by his Ethiopian mother. Originally directed by John McGrath (National Theatre of Wales), Something Dark has been performed across the world to great critical acclaim.
To celebrate the publication of the play by Oberon Books, and its inclusion on the A-Level syllabus Lemn Sissay is offering Canterbury this opportunity to experience Something Dark before it goes on tour nationally.
‘A triumph’ The Scotsman
‘A big-hearted pleasure’ Time Out
Running time 90 minutes
About Lemn Sissay:
He hardly needs an introduction, since beating former politician Lord Peter Mandelson in the election for the chancellorship of the University of Manchester, you can hardly open a national paper, turn on the radio or television with there being a feature on Lemn Sissay. As a castaway on Desert Island Discs he shared the story of his search for his birth parents. Born to a young Ethiopian woman who wanted him temporarily fostered while she completed her studies, he was with a family until he was 12. He would spend the next five years in a number of children’s homes where he began to write. On leaving care at 17, he self-published his first book of poetry while on the dole.
He 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. He was awarded an MBE for his impact on literature, and is an honorary doctor of letters at the University of Huddersfield, where he has also set up The Sissay Scholarship for care leavers.
There is only one Lemn Sissay in the world (google it, its true!) and we are thrilled that he will be headlining and bringing this year’s this year’s Wise Words Festival to a close.
Photo Credit: Hamish Brown
Produced in partnership with The Marlowe Theatre