Introducing Theatre Royal Plymouth’s first ever Open Mic Night, How to Survive, coming to The Drum on the 15th and 16th of February 2024!
On a planet that is warming, where labels matter more than people and the bills just keep on rising, come and hear from the people of Plymouth on How to Survive in 2024.
How To Survive is a two-night series of open mic events exploring themes of diversity, inclusion and the climate emergency through music, spoken word, creative writing and more.
Each night will feature a range of emerging artists alongside four featured artists!
Join us in The Drum on 15th and 16th February 2024, where we will come together in a celebration of unwavering resilience, creativity and joy. Hosted by Bee Jarvis and Natasha Pavey (TRP Artists for Change).
Tickets are pay what you feel. Age recommendation 16+.
£5 minimum, pay what you feel
2 hours including a 20 minute interval
Sensory notice & content flags:
Strong language, loud music and noise. Social injustice, language and discussions of injustice that may be triggering.
If you require this information prior to booking, please check back for updates or call our Box Office on 01752 267222
We’re excited to announce the featured artists for Theatre Royal Plymouth’s first ever Open Mic Night, How To Survive.
Two established Plymouth-based artists will perform per evening, sharing work that centres the climate emergency, diversity and inclusion. Plymouth Poet and Playwright, Jon Nash and Writer, Performer and Theatre Royal Plymouth Associate Director, Malaika Kegode will be performing on Thursday 15th February. Plymouth Youth Poet Laureate and Playwright, Mimi Jones and Award Winning Writer and Playwright, Laura Horton will be performing on Friday 16th February.
We hope these artists will bring inspiration and insight to two nights of one off exciting new work from a range of emerging artists.
Don’t miss out on seeing these brilliant artists for a one off performance on The Drum stage this February!
Jon Nash is a playwright and poet based in Plymouth with a background in environmental activism. His work explores truth in the digital age, queer representation, the impact of living through the age of extinction and our relationships with human and non human persons. His play Is Anybody There? tours later this year.
Thu 15 Feb
Malaika Kegode is an award-winning writer & performer and Associate Director at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Her work focuses on uplifting the overlooked and misunderstood and has been featured on stages and screens across the world. Beginning her arts career as a performance poet, Malaika has since developed her practice to encompass theatre, radio, TV, and film writing.
Fri 16 Feb
Mimi Jones is a poet and playwright, focusing on queer identity, disability and neurodivergence. They are the Plymouth Young City Laureate and run their own events through QueerOutLoud. Their writing is often quite a ‘slice of life’ as they explore areas of themself that often go unseen in the creative industries.
Fri 16 Feb
Laura Horton is a multi-award-winning writer and was the first playwright Laureate of Plymouth from 2020-23.
Her debut play Labyrinth Diet was an OFFCOMM winner in 2021. Her follow-up Breathless was awarded the Pleasance Regional Partnership. It won a Fringe First, was a finalist for the Popcorn Award and was shortlisted for other prestigious prizes. The show enjoyed runs at Soho Theatre and 59e59 Off-Broadway in 2023, where it was New York Times critic’s pick. She has written several short plays. Her first short film, A Summer of Birds, was Toast of the Fringe winner in 2021.
An associate of The Space, Laura launched digital projects Hidden by Things and Theatre Stories, for which she was in The Stage 100. On commission at Theatre Royal Plymouth, she is also developing dark comedy, Life Underwater, which received a reading at the Criterion Theatre in late 2023. She is adapting Life Underwater and Breathless for television. Laura also runs Bad Sex Writing workshops and shows. She is represented by United Agents.