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Kat Francois


The webinar will focus on the political and societal potential of Spoken Word and other related cultural expressions when working with young or marginalized people. The webinar will explore performance poetry and performance art as a force and power to not only heal and aid communication but also to encourage social entrepreneurship and political engagement. The webinar will also focus on issues connected with the importance of young people finding a voice and the role art can play in both exposing and seeking to tackle social injustice.

Kat Francois is a British performance artist, broadcaster, playwright and director. She is the first person to win a televised poetry slam in the UK, a year later she won the World Slam Championships.

As a playwright, Kat has written and performed two internationally staged solo plays, and two comedy shows. Raising Lazarus, Kat’s play dealing with the experiences of Caribbean soldiers in World War One, continues to tour globally to critical acclaim, and formed part of the WW1 centenary and featured at Imperial War Museum.

Kat has worked with young people for many years, as a youth worker, PHSE Facilitator, also teaching dance, drama, poetry and performance skills. She is an established playwright and director of youth theatre, devising and directing plays for theatres including Theatre Royal Stratford East, Roundhouse Camden, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith.

She has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Woman’s Hour, Radio 5 Live and local radio stations and BBC television.

Kat run’s a poetry and theatre performance group with young people, and produced and directed the acclaimed piece, Women Must, at Last Word Festival, Roundhouse. The play, an artistic response to issues facing many young black British women, was in development for touring in 2020.

Urban Moves Goes Digital!, 20.–21. June 2020

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