Dead Poets Live - The Broken Word

at TheCoronetTheatre, London

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Dead Poets Live are delighted to return to Print Room at the Coronet with The Broken Word by Adam Foulds featuring Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones and Yasmin Paige.

Adam Foulds is not a dead poet. He is, however, the author of one of the finest long verse narratives of the last quarter century. The Broken Word (winner of the 2008 Costa Poetry Award and the Somerset Maugham Award) is the story of a young man who returns to his family farm in Kenya before going up to Oxford and finds himself caught up in the Mau Mau rebellion – and in its brutal suppression.

The poem addresses terror, violence and spiritual disgrace with a propulsive narrative economy that recalls Homer or classical drama, but it is also lyrical, domestic, touching and precise. It’s an overwhelming experience: compassionate, unsettling and a masterfully clear-eyed examination of our colonial legacy. Dead Poets Live’s setting is a response to the poem’s inherent drama, and a one-off theatrical event.

All proceeds go to Safe Passage.


Jeremy Irons

Popular star of stage, screen and television.

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Toby Jones

Toby Jones is best known for his performances in The Hunger Games, Game Of Thrones, the Harry Potter series, The Girl, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Marvellous. ‘Quiet genius of Toby Jones; From Hunger Games to Truman Capote, Hollywood can’t get enough of British acting’s most versatile talent’, The Independent (13 September 2014)

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Also Appearing

Yasmin Paige

The Coronet Theatre

  • 103 Notting Hill Gate
  • London
  • W11 3LB

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