Roll Over Atlantic - John Agard

Monday 15 May
Norwich Arts Centre
8 - 10pm (inc. interval)

Winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Caribbean-British poet John Agard performs a quirky reimagining of the notorious voyage of Christopher Columbus.

Written in verse and performed against a background soundscape of Atlantic murmurings and mosquito symphonies, Agard’s satirical one-man show takes his audience on a fantastical, fanatical historic voyage into the birth of a new world that still bears relevance to contemporary issues.

Directed by Mark C. Hewitt, with music by Thomas Arnold, production by Crosspath Theatre with Tilt, and funding by Arts Council England.

‘Agard is a mesmeric performer’ - Peter Forbes

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

About John Agard

Poet, playwright and short story writer John Agard grew up in Guyana, where his love of language grew out of listening to cricket commentaries on the radio. He has won many prizes, including the Smarties Book Prize and the Queen's Gold Medal. John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work appears in an AQA anthology for GCSE English literature. With his partner Grace Nichols, John has edited the anthologies A Caribbean Dozen, Under the Moon and Over the Sea, Pumpkin Grumpkin and From Mouth to Mouth for Walker. He lives in Lewes, East Sussex.

Interview: John Agard—“those who weren’t given a voice, their story can be told” (Prospect Magazine, September 2016)

'Checking Out Me History' by John Agard | English Literature - Poets in Person (BBC Teach on YT, Sept 2016)