Acclaimed poet Lemn Sissay to perform one-man play in Keynsham

Published on: 05 Aug 2017

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A celebrated performance poet has chosen Keynsham as one of just 15 locations where he’ll stage his one-man play this autumn.

Lemn Sissay MBE will explore his upbringing in children’s homes and foster care in a dramatic reading of Something Dark, which comes to The Space on September 22.

The author and broadcaster also shares details of the search for his family and his true identity in the play, which has been performed around the world to great acclaim.

Organisers said they were delighted when they contacted Lemn and he agreed to add Keynsham to his short run of performances, adding: “He is currently performing as an actor in Jim Cartwright’s play Road at The Royal Court Theatre until September 8 and is always very busy so it is super to have him visit Keynsham.”

The reading will be followed by a question and answer session with Lemn, who beat Peter Mandelson to be named chancellor of the University of Manchester in 2015 and was official poet of the London 2012 Olympics.

He is associate artist at the Southbank Centre, patron of the Letterbox Club and the Reader Organisation, ambassador for the Children’s Reading Fund and a fellow of the Foundling Museum.

His poetry has also appeared on dance act Leftfield’s acclaimed 1995 album Leftism as well as outside train stations, in a children’s hospital, a bus station, as part of art installations and at the Royal Festival Hall, which are just a few examples of his Landmark Poems to be found around the country.

He has also been the subject of TV documentary Internal Flight and radio documentary Child of the State, as well as appearing on Radio 4’s ever-popular Desert Island Discs in 2015.

Tickets for Something Dark, on September 22, 7.15pm for 7.45pm start, are £14 and are available at

  • Photo: Hamish Brown

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