RoyPoet-73Poetry Can F*ck Off By Heathcote Williams Performed by the Poetry Army


Upcoming shows

Glastonbury Festival, Fri 24th June to Sun, 26th June 2016. Poetry and Words Tent 11.15am

Edinburgh Festival, 5th-29th August 2016 (1 day off – dark day Monday 15 August) The Stand Comedy Club, Stand 3. Doors open 13.50 show starts at 14.10

Review of Poetry Can Fuck Off at The Other Place Theatre, Brighton , 20th November 2015

By Michael Kemp — November 24, 2015 and appearing on The Lazarus Corporation 1294421_470160043148013_356497965078845777_o

A cold night in Brighton. Followed the illuminated neon arrow on Kensington Street, up to the box office (I’d like a ticket for Poetry Can Fuck Off, please ~ You enjoyed saying that, didn’t you?), and then down the stairs to The Basement at Otherplace ~ and found myself a vacant seat for Heathcote Williams’ Poetry Can Fuck Off…

A packed and high-spirited house… awaiting, but wait a moment, just who is Heathcote Williams? Man of mystery, distant voice in the shadows, a name remembered from hazy underground days and old copies of International Times, an elusive presence…

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“A Picker Pucker Panoramic Poetry Parade” – John Hegley

The tour so far has been going fantastically, and the show just keeps growing and developing. Over the course of our London and Brighton gigs, we welcomed over 30 guests to sing, chant, recite and rouse…

“Great fun joining in with Poetry Can F*ck Off. Really lovely show. See it!” -Mark Thomas 


And take a look at this! An incredible review from 3 Weeks about our recent Edinburgh run:

‘Tears were streaming down my face, my feet would not stop tapping, and I was whispering along, wanting to be chanting. Spellbindingly performed with live music, this show opens with Auden’s provocative statement and proceeds to demolish it, by travelling through poetry’s intersection with politics. Ranging widely in time and space, from Tahrir Square to Fukushima to Mesopotamia, this is not canonical school stuff – it’s electrifying and erudite, passionate and political. This deserves to be sold out, packed out, standing room only. I’m going again, taking everyone who cares about anything. In my book, if you’re not going to ‘Poetry Can F*ck Off’, you can fuck off.’


‘Poetry Army is a revolution in poetry. And it’s the revolution in poetry’ – Jeremy Hardy

An extraordinary work from the writer Heathcote Williams (Glasgow Herald Archangel – Lifetime’s Achievement Award Winner) Poetry can seriously f*ck off authority figures. It gets under the skin of those whose brains have been made rigid by power. ‘The right words, in the right place’ can cut deep and change the world. Featuring the verse, lyrics and music of Maya Angelou, Jim Morrison, Billie Holiday, Sophie Scholl, Emily Dickinson, Abu al-Qasim al-Shabbi, Martin Luther King, William Blake, Arundhati Roy, Victor Jara, Gil Scott-Heron, Lupe Fiasco and many, many others, this groundbreaking show is a celebration of those who have spoken up against tyranny while making our hearts pound. Narrated by Roy Hutchins with Jonny Fluffypunk, Sameena Zehra, Selina Nwulu plus special guests. Live music by Mike ‘Dr Blue’ Directed by Paul Hodson.

‘Mind-swaying’ – Beat Generation Poet Michael McClure

‘Deeply enriching… a magnificent poetic call-to-arms’ – Jonny Fluffypunk

‘A production of exquisite grace and beauty’ SallyHarrop