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Episode 1: Spoken Word Theatre: Poetry in the Cross-Art Laboratory

Poetry off the Page Podcast
Episode 1: Spoken Word Theatre: Poetry in the Cross-Art Laboratory

In this episode, PhD researcher Shefali Banerji explores the various artforms that poets incorporate in their long form spoken word shows. Shefali particularly focuses on the oral and aural artistic innovations that feature in these shows, which are also called spoken word plays. The episode incorporates poem extracts from Jasmine Gardosi, Malaika Kegode, Hannah Silva and Roger Robinson, as well as excerpts from interviews with Jasmine Gardosi and Roger Robinson conducted by the host.

This episode was written and produced by Shefali Banerji and edited by Marie Krebs of Poetry Off the Page.

The interviews are archived on the University of Vienna’s platform PHAIDRA and can be accessed publicly here.

The performance and poetry extracts in the episode are taken from:

1. A WAC recording of the show ‘Dancing to Music You Hate’ by Jasmine Gardosi performed at Warwick Arts Centre on October 26-27, 2021
2. A YouTube excerpt of the show ‘Outlier’ by Malaika Kegode performed at Bristol Old Vic, published on Aug 25, 2022 (
3. A Vimeo excerpt of the show ‘Total Man’ by Hannah Silva performed at Electronic Voice Phenomena, published on the Penned in the Margin/Mercy channels in 2014 (
4. An Apples & Snakes recording of the show ‘Shadow Boxer’ by Roger Robinson performed at Battersea Arts Centre on December 6, 2001


Bearder, Pete. Stage Invasion: Poetry & the Spoken Word Renaissance. Outspoken Press, 2019.

The theme music is “Playing in Colour” by user 29811401 on Pixabay.

You can access the episode transcript here.

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