Steve Larkin in N.O.N.C.E.

“A darkly hypnotic occasionally hilarious mini-masterpiece of slam storytelling” by Steve Larkin, N.O.N.C.E. (or Not On Normal Courtyard Exercise) is a critically acclaimed piece of dramatic storytelling based on real life events that took place while Steve was employed as a lecturer in Performing Arts at Oxford Brookes University.

The job led to a year long residency at HMP Grendon Underwood (an experimental psychiatric prison for category B prisoners with the lowest re-offending rate of any prison in the UK).

“Larkin creates theatre that speaks equally to those that find their poetry from classic literary forms or subversive musicians.” – Uptown 2011

Steve’s previous Vancouver performances include The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and Vancouver Slam at Cafe Deux Soleil on The Drive. This will be his first Vancouver Fringe Festival show.

Steve Larkin is an internationally respected spoken word artist, a lecturer in performance poetry and storytelling, the founder of the UK’s largest poetry slam organisation Hammer & Tongue, and a singer/songwriter. Not only has his poetry been broadcast to over 12 million people through the BBC World Service, but he’s performed poetry to the House of Commons. In 2010, he was nominated for Oxford Professor of Poetry.

Dates: September 5, 8:45 pm
September 7, 1 pm
September 8, 9:25 pm
September 12, 6:40 pm
September 14, 5:50 pm
September 15, 2:45 pm
Venue: The Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $10 weekday/$12 weekend (plus one-time $5 Fringe Festival membership); available online or at the Box Office, 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island.
*All advance ticket purchases subject to a $3 surcharge.
Steve will also be taking part in Brief Encounters as part of The Vancouver Fringe Festival’s Pick of The Fringe from September 18 to 22.

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