Dead Poets Live | The Broken Word

Sunday 18 November, 7.00pm

Dead Poets Live are delighted to return to Print Room at the Coronet with The Broken Word by Adam Foulds featuring Toby Jones and Yasmin Paige. 

Adam Foulds is not a dead poet. He is, however, the author of one of the finest long verse narratives of the last quarter century. The Broken Word (winner of the 2008 Costa Poetry Award and the Somerset Maugham Award) is the story of a young man who returns to his family farm in Kenya before going up to Oxford and finds himself caught up in the Mau Mau rebellion – and in its brutal suppression. The poem addresses terror, violence and spiritual disgrace with a propulsive narrative economy that recalls Homer or classical drama, but it is also lyrical, domestic, touching and precise. It’s an overwhelming experience: compassionate, unsettling and a masterfully clear-eyed examination of our colonial legacy. Dead Poets Live’s setting is a response to the poem’s inherent drama, and a one-off theatrical event.

All proceeds go to Safe Passage. 

Toby Jones is one of Britain’s most distinguished and versatile actors. Among many notable credits: in cinema, he won the London Film Critics’ Circle Actor of the Year award for his portrayal of Truman Capote in Infamous and a BIFA award for his lead role in Berberian Sound Studio. On television, he was nominated for a BAFTA for his performance as Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl and has also been nominated for a BAFTA for his role in Detectorists. On stage, he most recently played Stanley opposite Zoe Wanamaker and Stephen Mangan in Ian Rickson’s revival of The Birthday Party.

Yasmin Paige has given outstanding performances on both film and TV, notably as the lead in Richard Ayoade’s Submarine and opposite Jesse Eisenberg in the same director’s The Double. She has starred in BBC Three’s Pramface and in Jack Thorne’s Glue for E4.

Adam Foulds is the author of The Broken Word and also of four novels: The Truth about these Strange Times, the Booker-shortlisted The Quickening Maze, In the World’s Mouth, and the upcoming Dream Sequence.



Ticket prices

Standard £20|£25

Student | Concession £15

Running time: Approximately 1 h 50 mins including interval

Additional information

Devised and supported by T.S Eliot Foundation

This performance will be filmed by T.S Eliot Foundation and Print Room at the Coronet.

book tickets now