UnFOLD: Hope and Water by Lyrix Organix
Lyrix Organix provided a poetic conversation on the fallout from Brexit for two young female spoken word poets - Laurie Ogden and Chloe Florence. This commission was in collaboration with one of our partners, the Sage in Gateshead and was performed at the 'Art 50 Weekender' on the 24th February 2019.
In this collaborative poem, Chloe created a conversation with her Nan who voted very differently to her, whilst Laurie looked at how the fallout of Brexit had affected her European friend.
CHLOE FLORENCE uses her work to give a voice to the voiceless in society. Her poetry is described as ‘bold, raw, authentic, honest & unapologetically angry’. She started writing when her mental health & living situation deteriorated and has since performed her words across various platforms & stages, drawing upon her own personal life experiences in her work. She’s a founding member of SHUTDOWN Collective, Roundhouse Resident Artist & Poetry Collective alongside being a Roundhouse Poetry Slam Finalist 2018, Longlisted for the Outspoken Poetry Prize & Vault Festival New Writers Award Winner.
LAURIE OGDEN is a writer and performer from Merseyside. She is a Barbican Young Poet and was the recipient of the Outspoken Performance Poetry Prize (2016). She was selected as a Jerwood/Arvon Playwriting mentee (2017-18) and has written several plays including TWIX ‘A new writing triumph’ (A Younger theatre) and Colder Water. Laurie is currently active with ‘Victoria’s Knickers’ and ‘Consensual’ at the Soho Theatre, as a part of the 2018 National Youth Theatre REP company.
LYRIX ORGANIX is the UK’s leading promoter of innovative, collaborative and charitable live music/poetry events. Defiantly independent curators of music and poetry. Restlessly experimenting with live performance. Their stages have seen fabled performances by Akala, Kate Tempest, Ed Sheeran and the cream of the British spoken word scene. Hosts of a major late night stage at Glastonbury Festival – ‘Rum Shack’.