Say Owt Slam Brings Polarbear Back to York

8, The Crescent, York, YO24 1AW

Doors 7.30pm, event starts at 7.45pm

Tickets £5 or £10, £12 on the door

28th October 2023

Established in 2014, Say Owt are York’s loveable gang of performance poets. They host high-energy nights of words and verse.

Twice a year, Say Owt takes over The Crescent Community Venue for a raucous night of spoken word and performance poetry. The style? A steller SLAM.

In a slam, poets have three minutes to wow the audience. It’s fast, frantic and fun. Host Henry Raby says: “We love doing Say Owt on a Saturday night, because it’s a party! A poetry party!”

Though one poet will be crowned a Say Owt Slam Champion, this isn’t a bitter battle. It’s a celebration as poets bring a variety of styles and forms. In the past, we’ve had tender personal reflections, hilarious laugh-out-loud comedy poems and fiery political tirades.

We’re especially excited that our special guest this time around is Polarbear. The last time he graced our city, Polarbear (aka Steven Camden) was supporting Scroobius Pip and Kae Tempest. He is an internationally acclaimed spoken word artist, award winning writer and storyteller from Birmingham.

Polarbear’s poetry is dripping with gorgeous story-telling. He talks about people and places with a unique ear for language: celebrating the tiny human characteristics. Since first stepping on stage in 2004, he has performed his work and led creative projects from Manchester to Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur to California. His work has featured on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6.

With over 155,000 views on YouTube and a live album released on Scroobius Pip’s Speech Development record label, Polarbear helped forge the modern spoken word scene with his introspective, sharp, well-crafted performance

There might just be a few other surprises on the night too, stay tuned to our social media for updates!

We know times are tough for some people. So tickets have different options: £5 or £10 in advance. Choose whichever option works for you. All tickets will be £12 on the door.