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The Word Theatre

June 15, 2017 7:30 pm
June 15, 2017 11:00 pm
01522 519999



‘the WORD theatre brings the BIGGEST, most exciting, and relevant Spoken Word artists in the UK to the stunning theatre stage of the New Theatre Royal every month. Set to be one of the UK’s biggest Spoken Word nights, featuring award winning performers from around the county, an open mic, and live music.
The first event will bring the Saboteur Award winning ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance’ Spoken Word show by Maria Ferguson, supported by Peterborough Poet Laureate Charlie Genever.
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the WORD theatre is partially funded by Arts Council England and the National Lottery.’
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Maria Ferguson

Maria Ferguson is a spoken word artist who blends theatre, storytelling, and dance in her latest show ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance’. This award winning show explores food, body image, and performance.

Hailing from Essex, Maria has performed at spoken word nights across the UK, as well as Bestival, Latitude and Secret Garden Party. She was commissioned by The Roundhouse, BBC Radio 1 and The Royal Academy of Art. This year, Maria won the Saboteur award for ‘Best Spoken Word show’.


★★★★★ ‘Stunning debut’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

★★★★ ‘A feast of honesty, humour and emotion’ Reviews Hub

‘Candid and disarming…this conversation is an important one’ The Stage

‘Extremely thoughtful, yet deeply witty’ The Independent


Have a look at the trailer here 



Charley Genever

Charley Genever is the Poet Laureate for Peterborough, and the youngest to earn the title. She has worked with and performed for Apples and Snakes, the Poetry Society and the South Bank Centre (where she programmed National Poetry Day Live). She hosts the ‘Pint of Poetry’ Open Mic and produces the quarterly night, ‘Freak Speak’.


She has also been published in multiple anthologies including ‘The Great British Write Off’ (Bonacia), Poetry Rivals 2015 (Poetry Rivals), ‘Madder Than We Look’ (Write Minds), and her poem ‘Thread in Three Parts’ is due for publication this year in Mud Press’ latest anthology, ‘W O M A N’.


With music from local musician Bethany Durrant

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