Dead or alive? Rome Season actors will perform as classical writers in a war of words with modern slam poets.

Once upon a time Horace’s yo mama jokes got him into hot water, a brawl ensued, Jasmine Gardosi broke up the violence with a sonnet about sex education. All the while, Ovid documented the occurrence through instagram poems, Caleb Femi started a tights and sliders phenomenon, Virgil became a reality TV star and Malika Booker sat watching it all from her kitchen. Two poetic worlds will collide at Dead or Alive Poetry Slam.

Witness a battle of words and wit as three of the UK's leading slam poets Jasmine Gardosi, Caleb Femi and Malika Booker challenge Ovid, Horace and Virgil (brought back to life by actors Daniel York, Amber James and Luke MacGregor) in three slam rounds. These round will be judged by a panel of audience members. Who will be the victor? You decide.

Dead or Alive Poetry Slam is brought to you by the RSC in collaboration with Apples and Snakes. Hosted by Bohdan Piasecki.

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Amber James - pictured here as Anna in Dido, Queen of Carthage - will perform as Horace.
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This event is being held in collaboration with performance poetry and spoken word organisation Apples & Snakes.

The performance will be suitable for ages 12+ and will start at 7.30pm.

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