Open Mic
Kwani? Open Mic June 2016 Edition

Open Mic

Kwani? Open Mic June 2016 Edition

Featured Poet: Laura Ekumbo

MC: Cindy Ogana

Date: June 7, 2016

Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm

Venue: The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd, Inside Professional Centre

Entry: Kes 300 at the door. Limited advance tickets only via M-pesa "Till Number" (56714) at Kes 200*.

*Advance ticketing closes at 6pm.

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Laura Ekumbo is a growing poet, actor, writer, and singer. She has participated in two Slam Africa editions, and performed at numerous poetry events and open mics within Nairobi and in Canada. As an actor she has acted in plays produced by The Phoenix Players, The Next Folding Theatre Company, and has performed in musical theatre productions. Her work has been featured on Story Zetu, and she (irregularly) publishes her writing on her blog

Laura has also been an on-stage host for a TEDxYouth talk which included speakers such as Julie Gichuru and Paula Kahumbu.

Her most recent work includes writing for and performing in “We Won’t Forget”, an original production performed at the Kenya National Theatre, as well as in the 2015 Kampala International Theatre Festival, and performing in “Losing Grip” also an original production by Ngatia Bryan.

The Laura you will be meeting in the next edition of Kwani? Open Mic is a struggling (aren’t we all) writer and passionate performer, who uses her artistry to try to figure herself and the world out. She loves stepping onto stage to share the creative exploration of these discoveries and experiences.

‘There is something to be said of the soul that wears it’s heart on a sleeve tugged and pulled at so hard that it’s wrist had no protection to boast, just raw skin aching to ripen with every bit of sunshine that touched it, every bit of rainfall that graced its extended palms opened up toward the sky, ready to catch the burning stars.’ These words, from her lips, are what Laura truly hopes she is, or believes she is becoming.

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