Toxic Rhymes: Friday Late

24th November 2017 18:00
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD
Brace yourself for the high-octane onslaught of toxic rhymes and lyrical venom, when poetry buskers Madi Maxwell-Libby, Adam Kammerling, Emma Joliffe and Omar Bynon are unleashed on the unsuspecting public as part of Toxic Late at the Natural History Museum.

Expect smarting satire, contaminated couplets and stories that slay from our lyrically lethal quartet as they mingle with visitors and passers-by.

Join us after hours for impromptu performances and explosive new writing inspired by the Venom: Killer and Cure exhibition. It’ll be a night at the museum like no other.


Madi Maxwell-Libby is a Resident Artist at the Roundhouse. Her piece Kids, Coins, Cuts, about childhood and austerity was featured on BBC iPlayer for National Poetry Day 2016 and she was commissioned to write a piece on Brexit for BBC One. She has also performed for The Southbank Centre, Lovebox Festival, Rich Mix, Soho Theatre's Soho Rising Comedy Gala, the Evening Standard Young Progress Makers awards and was a finalist in Hammer & Tongue's UK National Final Slam at the Royal Albert Hall. Madi has been commissioned for Nationwide's TV campaign for ITV Documentaries and am a guest artist for Huffington Post's UK Politics blog.

Adam Kammerling is the UK Hammer And Tongue Slam winner for 2012, Hackney Slam Winner 2011 and Brighton Slam Winner 2010. He performs all over the country as an MC and spoken word artist. He also facilitates rap and poetry workshops for young people at Key Stages 2-4. He has performed at Glastonbury, Latitude and Big Chill Festivals, travelled to NY, Poland, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. He has been published in New York in arts magazine, New York Niceties, and in the UK in the Morning Star and in Rhyming Thunder, Burning Eye Publishing’s debut poetry collection. He has independently released rap albums, the Letters EP and Don’t Move, to excellent reviews.The Look Up 7” vinyl was released on Monde Green records and the forthcoming Formwork LP is his largest musical project to date. Has also featured as a successful battle rapper on Don’t Flop.

Emma Joliffe likes to tell stories, sometimes in others’ voices. She writes bittersweet poems with humour, hope and humanity. Emma has performed her work at gigs and festivals all over the country, winning slams, and appearing on channel 4’s Random Acts. Wherever she performs, from school assemblies to the upstairs of pubs, she always takes audiences on an emotional journey. A teacher and creative learning consultant, she is passionate about working with young people to help them find their voice and tell their stories. She lives with her partner by the sea and longs to own a dog.

Omar Bynon is poet, actor, facilitator and D Double E tribute act from Forest Gate, East London. Omar has performed nationally – at bars, festivals, schools and every kind of venue in between – both as a solo poet and as a member of spoken word trio Rhythm of Men. Omar is a founding member of Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Spoken Word collective and is a Barbican Young Poet. He has also completed the LAMDA Foundation in April 2016. Omar is currently studying at the Royal Academy for the Dramatic Arts.
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