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A Change is Gonna Come

Barbican Young Poets

photo of a young poet on stage

A spirit of experimentation in the intimate setting of The Pit as the Barbican Young Poets, past and current, come together with dancers from Boy Blue.

Expect an electrifying collaboration under the artistic and creative direction of Jacob Sam-La Rose, a poet and performer of international repute, and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, co-founder of hip-hop dance company Boy Blue. Tapping into the musicality and rhythm of language, this show sees poets interacting with dancers, fusing the vitality and energy of spoken word with movement, as they share their personal experiences of the nation in which they find themselves living.

Exploiting a broad range of genres, styles and themes, Barbican Young Poets have evolved to become drivers for change, their voices helping to define the poetry scene in London and across the UK. Barbican Artistic Associate Boy Blue develop some of the country’s most sought-after hip-hop artists.

1 hour 30 mins/no interval

Age guidance 14+


Presented and commissioned by the Barbican


children at a workshop at the barbican centre

Watch: Meet the Barbican Junior Poets

We pay a visit to our Barbican Junior Poets, a group of 11-14 year olds with a talent for words in our new programme with Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

The Pit