As their Spring/Summer season enters full flow, The Edge presents a pair of captivating spoken word shows featuring a cohort of illustrious performers, bringing breathtaking insight and razor-sharp humour to Chorlton as part of their unmissable events programme.

On Thu 2 May, four-time Saboteur Award-winner Luke Wright hangs out the bunting with his smash-hit Silver Jubilee show, delivering a hilarious and unflinchingly candid exploration of his flawed yet brilliant core following an acclaimed sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, described as ‘the best thing that [he’s] ever done’ in The Telegraph’s glowing five-star review.

One of Britain’s most popular live poets, Wright takes to The Edge stage to unpack his joys and regrets, the paths taken and not-taken, with an open, experimental and irresistibly endearing hour of poems and stand-up – alongside an impressively cohesive dose of drum and bass – charting his adoption, privilege, familial love and creative destiny.

On Thu 13 Jun, internationally renowned poet and author Salena Godden arrives at The Edge alongside treasured wordsmiths Molly Naylor and Nafeesa Hameed for a one-off LIVEwire performance.

Godden brings her peerless poetic nous to Manchester following a stellar multi-faceted career in which she has enjoyed success as a novelist, poet, memoirist, broadcaster and award-winning writer, picking up the Indie Book Award for Fiction and the People’s Book Prize for her debut work, Mrs Death Misses Death.

Having performed at festivals and events around the world, Molly Naylor showcases her distinctive style which has earned rave reviews from several BBC Radio 4 broadcasts.

Pakistan-born and Birmingham-bred, poet, playwright, educator, performer, and director Nafeesa Hammid draws on the lived experiences and cultural intersectionalities of her upbringing to deliver spellbinding work on the page and stage. Her debut poetry collection Besharam was highly commended in the Forward Prizes 2019.

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The Edge Theatre,
Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9JG
, £15/£13
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Thu 28 Mar 2024