Hear from live storytellers as they confess their innermost sins at the Tower of London.
Justice is inspired by the story of Colonel Blood’s attempt to steal the Crown Jewels. Despite overwhelming evidence of his guilt, the culprit was pardoned by the King for unknown reasons.
This 90 minute performance features:
Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem crocodile won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. Soho (Faber & Faber) is his first book.
Hannah Lowe is a poet and researcher. Her first poetry collection Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection. She has also published three chapbooks: The Hitcher (Rialto, 2012); R x (sine wave peak, 2013); and Ormonde (Hercules Editions 2014) and a family memoir Long Time No See (Periscope, 2015). She teaches creative writing at Brunel University and is the current poet in residence at Keats House.
Chibundu Onuzo is the author of two novels, The Spider King’s Daughter (2012) and Welcome to Lagos (2017). She has won a Betty Trask Award and been nominated for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Encore Award.
This event is hosted by our Poet in Residence, Inua Ellams.
Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry. His first play ‘The 14th Tale’ was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ sold out its run at England’s National Theatre. He is currently working on ‘The Half God of Rainfall’ – a new play in verse. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion. Find out more here.
Confessions at the Tower seeks to engage artists with the Tower of London and its stories. It is designed for those who like spoken word, poetry, beatboxing and short stories and want to see interpretations brought to life in new ways.
Each artist will have an opportunity to respond to the theme through performance. They can choose to respond to the history of the Tower of London or the evening’s broader theme.
The artists we commission are welcomed to interpret the history of the Tower of London and make them their own. The Tower's history is a dark, violent and uncomfortable one at times and we support artists that bring these truths to life in their own way. This means that there may be adult content so this event is for 18+ years only.