Inua Ellams Pit Party

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Prolific poet-playwright Inua Ellams hosts a double bill, mingling hip-hop, dance, recital and film, with 1979 cult classic The Warriors serving as cinematic backdrop to both performances.

Poetry + Film / Hack: Interspersed with a screening of Walter Hill's stylised action film The Warriors, poets deliver lyrical meditations created in response to its themes of tribes and territory, poverty and struggle.

Open Lab Rhythm and Poetry Party: Sprinkled with nostalgia and a sense of community, poetry and hip-hop songs alternate, reflecting the themes of Hill's film screened earlier that day. Featuring a gathering of artists, including Barbican Open Lab alumni, The Rap Party is a laid-back evening of eloquent speeches, dance and movement merged fluidly with the DJ’s selections.

2:30pm: Performance 1 - Poetry + Film / Hack 
Age restriction: 15+ (Proof of ID may be requested on ticket collection and/or entry)

7pm: Performance 2 - Open Lab R.A.P. Party 
Age guidance: 15+

Get 20% off if you buy tickets for both performances. 

Presented by the Barbican

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