World’s first door-to-door poet coming to the Conti in Broadgate

Posted on - 25th May, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Comedy, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Rowan McCabe
Rowan McCabe is coming to Preston

Rowan McCabe’s latest show, Door-to-Door Poetry: Nationwide, charts his adventures around the country as a loveable eccentric.

McCabe is touring to 16 venues across the UK and is coming to Preston’s The Continental on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 May.

McCabe is the world’s first Door-to-Door Poet. Knocking on strangers’ doors, he asks what is important to them. He then goes away and writes a poem about this, free of charge, before bringing it back and performing it on their doorstep.

It’s a project that’s been covered by the Guardian and BBC Breakfast, and was named Best of Today on BBC Radio 4.

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In 2019, McCabe set out to visit 12 locations across England, one every month. His aim was to find out what matters to people, what is the state of our nation, and if strangers are really as scary as they’re made out to be. 

But as March 2020 approached, world events pushed the project in a very different direction.

McCabe said: “It’s a mixture of theatre and spoken word about my final outing as a Door-to-Door Poet. A lot of it is funny, but some parts are a bit more shocking.

“It’s about trying to finish the project in the build-up to the pandemic. It’s about class and community and I’m hoping it provokes a wider discussion about our relationship with the people around us.”

Door-to-Door Poetry: Nationwide is written and performed by Rowan McCabe. It was directed by Peader Kirk (No More Worries, Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair), and supported by Arts Council England, ARC Stockton and Apples and Snakes.

The show takes place on Monday May 29 with doors 6.30pm and the show starting at 7pm.

Tickets are available for £7 from Skiddle.

Find out more about McCabe at the Door-to-Door Poetry website., and view the show trailer on YouTube.

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