Live at Lunch – Storytelling and biography in theatre and spoken word

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Today, host Sarah Smith, winner of last year’s BBC Berkshire War of the Words, will be joined by:

Robert Garnham

Robert Garnham is a comedy performance poet. He has performed at festivals and fringes and comedy nights. A joke from one of his shows was acclaimed as one of the funniest at the Edinburgh fringe. He has made some TV adverts for a certain bank.

Spout – an autobiographical poetry show about tea – is available throughout the Festival.

Sam Chittenden (Different Theatre)

Sam Chittenden writes and directs lyrical, female-driven plays. In 2019 she won New Writing South’s Best New Play for ‘Clean’, ‘Sary’ was nominated for an Infallibles Award for Theatrical Excellence and her one-woman take on Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ played at SoHo Playhouse in New York.

Catch Sam’s feminist folk-horror Sary throughout the Festival.

Dan Webber

Dan Webber is an LGBTQ+ poet, promoter and events coordinator based in Derby. He has appeared at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The RSC, YNOT Festival and Reading Fringe Festival. In 2016 he was named BBC Local Poet for Derby for National Poetry Day and performed as part of the 25th Birthday celebration for Leicester Comedy Festival.

You can catch Dan’s “not quite a poetry show, not quite a comedy show” Genre Fluid throughout the Festival. 

About the host

Sarah Smith is a poet and spoken word artist. In 2019 she was a National Poetry Slam Finalist at the Royal Albert Hall, performed a spoken word show Tracks to a sold-out audience, launched her debut pamphlet Crackers, and was crowned champion of BBC Berkshire War of the Words at last year’s Reading Fringe. 2020 has been spent mostly on the sofa. 

This event was streamed live on 24th July.

This event was live captioned.

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Available to view via this page:

  • From: Friday, 24th July 2020
  • Start Time: 13:00
  • To: Monday, 31st August 2020
  • End Time: 23:59
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