Our final regional LIVEwire date was originally scheduled to take place at Colchester Arts Centre on 29 April. But we all know what happened. So, we’ve decided to take it online instead. It’ll be streamed live on our Facebook page from 8-9.30pm UK time on Thursday 23 July.
This was originally a ‘Pay As You Feel’ event, and we’re encouraging viewers to make a donation to Colchester Arts Centre as they struggle through the impact of COVID-19. You can do so at any time here.
You don’t need a Facebook account to stream the event. The performers will be on a Zoom call which will broadcast directly to the Nymphs & Thugs page. Please tune in as close to 8pm as you can so that we can start with the performances as soon as possible! Many thanks.
Luke Wright was first spurred into poetry when he saw John Cooper Clarke perform at Colchester Arts Centre in 1998. Since then, he’s become one of the most celebrated live poets of his generation. He recently made the national news by performing 100 consecutive online gigs during lockdown.
Luke’s plays ‘The Remains of Logan Dankworth’, ‘Frankie Vah’ and ‘What I Learned From Johnny Bevan’ have won accolades and awards galore. Last year, Nymphs & Thugs released his spoken word album ‘TWENTY’ on 2LP gatefold vinyl to mark two decades on stage.
Molly Naylor is an award-winning writer, performer and director. She is the creator and co-writer and creator of Sky One comedy ‘After Hours’. Theatre work includes ‘Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You’ (writer/performer), ‘My Robot Heart’ (writer/performer) and ‘LIGHTS! PLANETS! PEOPLE!’ (writer/director).
Her new poetry collection ‘Stop Trying to be Fantastic’ is published by Burning Eye Books. She is the co-director of sell-out storytelling night True Stories Live.
Maria Ferguson is a multi-award-winning poet and theatre-maker from Romford, Essex. Her debut one-woman stage show ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance’ won Best Spoken Word Show at the Saboteur Awards in 2017. Her follow-up ‘Essex Girl’ was shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s prestigious Tony Craze Award in 2018 and won Show of the Week at VAULT Festival in 2019.
Her debut poetry collection ‘Alright, Girl?’ was published by Burning Eye Books in March. Maria’s commissions include BBC Radio 1, the Royal Academy of Arts and Stylist Magazine.
MATT ABBOTT (HOST)
Matt Abbott is a poet, educator and activist from Wakefield. His debut one-man stage show ‘Two Little Ducks’ earned critical acclaim in 2017 and 2018, and was published as his debut poetry collection by Verve Poetry Press in 2018.
He formed independent spoken word record label Nymphs & Thugs in 2015 and fronts indie band Skint & Demoralised. Matt’s commissions include Leeds United FC, Cancer Research UK and Nationwide Building Society.
NYMPHS & THUGS
Nymphs & Thugs are the UK’s leading spoken word record label. Artists include Salena Godden, Luke Wright, Toria Garbutt, Louise Fazackerley and Kevin P. Gilday.
Their #LIVEwire events are earning a reputation as one of the most vibrant and high-quality spoken word nights in the UK.