Dates and Times
Sun 12 Nov at 7pm
Presented by Matt Abbott Poet
On 23 June 2016, Matt Abbott’s native city of Wakefield voted 66% in favour of Brexit. Either side of the EU referendum, he was volunteering at the Calais Jungle. Exploring the reasons behind the working class Leave vote, whilst exposing the bleak reality of the refugee crisis, Abbott uses razor-sharp wit, poetic flair and observational storytelling to present this vital and visceral spoken word show.
These two core strands are tied together with the fictionalised story of twenty-something Maria, whose Northumberland hometown embodies the reality which most strive to escape. With a contemporary take on kitchen-sink realism, Abbott weaves Maria’s story throughout, to poignantly expose the quiet discontent which leaves so many feeling disenfranchised.
From council estates and MegaBus marathons to barbed-wire fences and CS gas canisters, the show presents a vivid insight into one of the most chaotic years in contemporary British politics. It explores our fractured relationship with national identity, and attempts to challenge preconceptions about the some of the communities which voted Brexit, as well as the unimaginable horror that took place just 22 miles from UK shores.
The manipulation by the mainstream media, combined with the aftermath of the Thatcher years, led to a democratic vote which sent shockwaves around the globe. Sometimes humorous and sometimes harrowing, this deeply personal and political show is born from circumstance and experience. It is presented in a warm, accessible and engaging manner; a unique glance at the chaos which surrounds us as we hurtle towards 2018.
About the artist
Matt Abbott is a rising star on the spoken word scene. 2016 saw him touring the UK in support of The Labour Party; sharing a stage with Paul Weller, Sleaford Mods, Sara Pascoe, Jeremy Corbyn and many more.
He also starred in a TV ad campaign for Nationwide Building Society.