Sheffield’s former poet laureate and rap poet Otis Mensah takes to the Crucible stage for this show’s debut in-person performance - a series of jazz-infused songs, ‘rap hymns’ and poetic workings accompanied by animation art from Sheffield illustrator Jim Spendlove. The performance wrestles with themes of mental health, vulnerability and identity whilst exploring the concept of art as existential archiving in a time where our mortality feels ever more imminent.
The show will include an opening performance from Manchester based writer and performance artist SheBeKeke.
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"As the first Hip-Hop artist to be awarded a poet laureate title in the UK, Otis Mensah wants to use the position to break down barriers, smash the stuffy stereotype, and remind people that poetry is meant to be for the people."
"Otis Mensah continues to cement his place as a formidable voice in the world of poetry and hip-hop."
- Written and performed by OTIS MENSAH
- Opening performance by SHEBEKEKE
- Animation artwork by JIM SPENDLOVE