Poet in the City presents: Toxic Rhymes

Event information

Event type: evening event

Location: Throughout the Museum

Ticket prices:

Adult: Free

Brace yourself for a high-octane onslaught of toxic rhymes and lyrical venom.

Poet in the City unleashes poetry buskers Madi Maxwell-Libby, Adam Kammerling, Emma Joliffe and Omar Bynon on the public for one night only at Lates.

Expect smarting satire, contaminated couplets and stories that slay from our lyrically lethal quartet as they mingle with visitors.

Join us after hours for impromptu performances, as well as explosive new writing from Madi Maxwell-Libby inspired by the exhibition. It’ll be a night at the museum like no other.

Buskers will be performing in the Fossil Marine Reptiles gallery and outside the Dinosaurs gallery throughout the night.

Madi Maxwell-Libby

Madi Maxwell-Libby was the winner of the Roundhouse Poetry Slam in 2016 and a finalist in Hammer & Tongue's UK National Final Slam at the Royal Albert Hall.

Her piece Kids, Coins, Cuts, about childhood and austerity was featured on BBC iPlayer for National Poetry Day 2016. She has also performed for The Southbank Centre, Lovebox Festival, Rich Mix, Soho Theatre's Soho Rising Comedy Gala, the Evening Standard Young Progress Makers awards.

Madi is a Resident Artist at the Roundhouse and currently developing my first solo show, MASSIVE SENSE OF URGENCY, with the support of Battersea Arts Centre, Camden People's Theatre and the Roundhouse.

Adam Kammerling

Adam Kammerling is the UK Hammer & Tongue Slam winner for 2012, Hackney Slam Winner 2011 and Brighton Slam Winner 2010. He performs all over the country as an MC and spoken word artist. He also facilitates rap and poetry workshops for young people at Key Stages 2-4.

He has performed at the Glastonbury, Latitude and Big Chill festivals and independently released rap albums, the Letters EP and Don’t Move, to excellent reviews. Has also featured as a successful battle rapper on Don’t Flop.

Emma Joliffe

Emma Joliffe likes to tell stories, sometimes in others’ voices.  She writes bittersweet poems with humour, hope and humanity.

Emma has performed her work at gigs and festivals all over the country, winning slams, and appearing on Channel 4’s Random Acts. Wherever she performs, from school assemblies to the upstairs of pubs, she always takes audiences on an emotional journey.

Omar Bynon

Omar Bynon is an actor, performance poet, theatre-maker and facilitator from London. Omar’s work is rooted in his community and he is determined to tell the stories of the most marginalized throughout his life and he is proud to have been involved in dozens of community projects across London. Omar has performed nationally – at bars, festivals, schools and every kind of venue in between – both as a solo poet and as a member of spoken word trio Rhythm of Men.

Omar is a founding member of Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Spoken Word collective and is a Barbican Young Poet. He has also completed the LAMDA Foundation in April 2016. Omar is currently studying at the Royal Academy for the Dramatic Arts.

Event dates
24 November 2017 18.00-21.30

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