Stand-up poet Kate Fox has travelled across the country to showcase her work, but is looking forward to performing in more familiar surroundings next week.
The poet, comedian and writer – a regular speaker on panels and radio shows – said returning to Gala Theatre as part of poetry night Bang Said The Gun is something she will relish.
“I’ve performed here probably once a year for various things since one of my first ever gigs as a poet, which was during the Durham Book Festival back in 2005,” she said.
“I also hosted the North East Culture Awards here once – it’s a lovely and friendly space.”
The Bradford-born poet, who lived in Newcastle for 13 years before moving to Thirsk, admits a lot of her material is based on Northern life.
“The North is where I first became a poet and I feel like I “get” audiences here. I did a gig at Eton recently – it’s safe to say I didn’t really know where the audience were coming from, pleasant as they were.”
Gala will host Bang Said The Gun – voted the UK’s best poetry night by the Times – on Friday, 12 May as part of a national tour set to entertain and surprise audiences.
Kate will be performing alongside Rob Auton, who has taken his own unique shows to Edinburgh Festival Fringe seven times and South Shields’ Scott Tyrrell, who won the BBC Poetry Slam champion during the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015.
“Scott and Rob are two of the funniest poets I know – I’d come for that alone if you’re not sure about spoken word. See it as a comedy event,” added Kate.
“I’ve also seen Laurie Bolger perform at the World of Music, Arts and Dance festival (WOMAD) and her work is really warm, relatable and accessible.”
They will also be joined by Dan Cockrill and Martin Galton, who co-founded the event almost 20 years ago.
To book tickets visit Gala Theatre’s website at www.galadurham.co.uk, call the box office on 03000 266 600 or visit the venue in person.