After 21 months of exciting spoken word slams, 5 champions have emerged to battle it out and be declared SAY OWT CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS on 9 July at 7.30 at City Screen’s Basement Bar.
Since October 2014, SAY OWT has been running a series of high energy slams, where poets pit their words and wits against one another. Poets get 3 minutes each and the audience judges on their favourite winner.
Now, after nine events, SAY OWT are excited to celebrate their tenth event by inviting the previous winners back to compete once more.
Confirmed acts include Dave Mahoney and Ian Winter, two exceptional poets coming from Hull; Hannah Robbins, a poet from Leeds who works as an actor and Lily Luty, University of York student. Finally, Samra Mayanja returns to York after a year living in Hong Kong. These performers are entering the arena fully prepared for slugging it out with sharp rhymes and keen performances. Each poet will perform twice to show off their repertoire of words.
Jack Dean won the second slam back in February 2015 and went on to win the first clash of champions, so it’s only fitting Jack return to perform a guest slot at this event. Jack is a poet, MC, theatre-maker and word-weaver who takes the hip-hop medium and mixes it with very magical and cleverly constructed storytelling, making his performance highly energetic and absorbing.
The night, as always, will be compered by the ever-loveable duo of Henry Raby and Stu Freestone.
The poet who finds themselves in second place will receive £15 and the winner will get £30, bragging rights and the title of Champion of Champions 2016.
Roll up your sleeves, cue the Rocky Theme tune and prepare the trophy!