Off The Chest presents Brighton Bards

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The sell-out poetry night, Off The Chest, makes its Brighton premiere at Komedia on 7th May. Headlining this explosive event will be the award-winning poet Sanah Ahsan, with features from Dan Simpson (former Canterbury Laurette and Glastonbury poet-in-residence), plus Brighton's razor-sharp wordsmith and free-style rapper, Gramski.

This eclectic night also boasts Off The Chest's renowned OPEN MIC, which offers the opportunity to poets of all backgrounds and stages to take to the mic. You can sign-up for this on the night, from 7.30pm.

Hosted by poets Ella Dorman-Gajic and Iftikhar Latif, Off The Chest have been creating spaces for poetry since 2019. Funded by Arts Council England, they have produced multiple events to sell-out audiences, across London and further afield. This thriving and inclusive event comes to Brighton for one night only – book now to avoid missing out.

Sanah Ahsan's debut collection “I cannot be good until you say it” was published with Bloomsbury this year. They will be selling copies of the book on the night. Sanah was a recipient of the Outspoken Poetry Performance Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize, White Review Poetry Prize, Bridport Poetry Prize, Frontier Poetry Prize and longlisted for the National Poetry Competition. Sanah’s poems have been featured on Channel 4 and BBC 4

"An exhilarating declaration of love and an invocation to bare the soul.” - The Guardian on Sanah Ahsan


An exhilarating declaration of love and an invocation to bare the soul.

- Guardian on Sanah Ahsan

Simpson takes you by the hand and shines a light into this strange counter-culture that is poetry.

- Fringe Review on Dan Simpson

Company: Off The Chest


Genre: Literature & Spoken Word

Duration: 150 mins

This event has an interval.

Venues: Komedia Studio

Venue Accessibility:

Assistance Dogs Welcome Assistance Dogs Welcome

Wheelchair Accessible Wheelchair Accessible

Accessible Toilet Accessible Toilet

Step-free Access Step-free Access

For any queries about venue accessibility, including step free access, please contact box office.

Age suitability:
14+ (Guideline)

Babes in Arms policy:
Under 2's are not allowed at this event.

Content Warnings:

 Audience Interaction Audience Interaction

 Strong Language Strong Language

 References to Mental Illness References to Mental Illness

Additional Content Warning:
Mental health issues.

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May 7, 2024


Komedia Studio

Standard: £7

Conc: £5


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