Brother Insect

Dates and Times

Wed 13 - Thu 14 Nov 2019 at 9pm

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£12/£10 (concession)

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There’s a swarm coming…    

Established writer (Pushcart Prize-winning poet and Prairie Seed Poetry Prize-winning author), Sea Sharp has made use of spoken word in ways that metamorphose their emotively confrontational and politically charged work from the page onto the stage to be performed by Michelle Tiwo (Parakeet – Roundabout, And The Rest of Me Floats – Bush Theatre).

Many would agree that we live in a racially diverse time with increased ethnic tolerance and cultural acceptance. There are now more mixed-race families in existence than ever before.  America has had a black president. And no one dares to compete with the “Queen-B” (Beyoncé). But can symbols of progressive racial equality inherently mean we have achieved real racial sensitivity?  

Brother Insect explores what it means to navigate space invisibly, whilst being visibly black. 

Embodying the character of an extra-terrestrial who is ‘straight up bugging’ on a planet  haunted by shadowy ancestors and infested with privileged pests, Brother Insect spins a delicate web that is both stupidly playful and forebodingly dangerous, asking questions like: Is it possible to encourage liberation without poking the entire hive?  

 …Don’t get stung!  

Brother Insect is presented in collaboration with New Queers on The Block, the Marlborough Theatre’s new touring and artist development initiative. Funded by Arts Council England, Jerwood Arts and The Space. 

“If you’re a person of colour, I hope Brother Insect will both entertain and empower you. I hope you will come away feeling inspired to share your own stories.” Click here to read Sea Sharp’s interview with Means Happy exploring how Brother Insect pits racial equality versus racial sensitivity. 


Please be aware that this performance contains content relating to racial violence,  a racial slur and themes of depression. To read the detailed synopsis with the content to consider, please click here. 


This performance includes flashing lights and burning incense sticks.

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About the company

SEA SHARP is a Pushcart Prize winner, a Hammer and Tongue poetry slam finalist and author of the Prairie Seed Poetry Prize winning collection, “The Swagger of Dorothy Gale”. Their second book, “Black Cotton,” will be published early 2020 through Waterloo Press with support from the Lit-Up mentoring scheme. They are black, queer and partially invisible.  

MICHELLE TIWO is a non-binary actor, poet, poet educator and founder of Sistren podcast. Michelle’s work is reflective of their identity and their communities, Nigeria & Togo via South East London. 

Recent acting credits include: Parakeet (Boundless/Boom Shakalaka Productions); And The Rest of Me Floats (Bush Theatre); Ackee and Saltfish (BBC3); Faces (dir. Joseph Adesunloye); We Love Moses (dir. Dionne Edwards); The Ting (Channel 4 Random Acts) and upcoming Parakeet (Boundless/Roundabout).  | @seathepoet | seathepoet | Sea The Poet | #BrotherInsect 

Image credit (c) Rosie Powell Freelance

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