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What's On > Thrive Spoken Word Competition

The Hat Factory

Start date: Friday 25th November, 2016
Finish date: Saturday 25th February, 2017
Cost: Free to take part.

Missed the deadline? No worries!

Open auditions will be held on Saturday 4 February 2017 at 1pm in The Hat Factory Arts Centre. If you are selected at the open auditions you will be invited to attend the workshop at 2pm on the 4 February!


Luton Culture will shine a light on local talent with a competition called Thrive to find original writing and performance talent.

They are looking for entries of spoken word pieces from local people of between 2 – 5 minutes in length, around the theme of “Thriving through adversity”. This could be anything from a monologue about finding a job to a rap about dealing with the death of a loved one.

The entries must be entirely original in content and performed unaccompanied (not with music) but can be of any style (monologue, rap, poetry).
The writer/performer must be from the Three Counties area (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire) or the piece should be about Luton specifically.

Submissions open 25 November 2016 and will close 22 January  2017.
To enter, please send a video or MP3 recording of you performing your piece to ellen.waghorn@lutonculture.com along with your name and postcode. If you are entering a piece about Luton but you are an artist from outside the area please let us know in your email.

Selected performers will be given access to two in depth workshops with Lee Nelson, (local people’s poet), focusing on performance technique.

All performers will be part of Thrive Night at The Hat Factory Luton on 25 February 2017 alongside Zest Theatre's performance of theatre and spoken word show Thrive.

The winner will be selected through an audience/professional vote and announced on the night. They will then receive a paid performance slot on regular professional spoken word night “Utter!” and a recording session of their material worth up to £300.

For more information please contact ellen.waghorn@lutonculture.com