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Preview: Door-to-Door Poetry on tour

What do you think would happen if you knocked on a stranger’s door and offered to write them a poem?

Door-to-Door Poetry
ARC Stockton - Wednesday 11th April 2018
Sunderland The Peacock - Friday 20th April 2018
Newcastle Northern Stage - Tuesday 1st  - Wednesday  2nd May 2018

Two years ago Rowan McCabe became the world's first Door-to-Door Poet. Knocking on strangers’ houses, he asks what is important to them; he then goes away and writes a poem about this, free of charge, before bringing it back and performing it on their doorstep. He blogs about everything that happens to him at

Through this bold and arguably stupid act he asks: “Can anyone enjoy poetry?” and “Are strangers really as scary as they’re made out to be?” The project has been featured in the Guardian, on BBC Breakfast and was named ‘Best of Today’ on Radio 4.

‘Door-to-Door Poetry’ is the new show, directed by Peader Kirk (No More Worries, Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair) and it charts the full story of this weird and wonderful journey. Through a funny and thought-provoking mix of spoken word and theatre, find out about Rowan’s visit to a mosque in Newcastle, his journey to the most expensive houses in the region and his trip to a council estate in Stockton. 

About community and loneliness, at the heart of it all lies a simple, yet vital question: Can we really trust strangers?

“The most important contribution to cultural life from anyone in poetry recently”- Sophia Walker

"A must-see" - Tim Wells, Morning Star

Door-to-Door Poetry previews at ARC Stockton on Wednesday 11th April, 7.00 pm. Tickets are on a Pay What You Feel policy. Please book in advance at or by calling 01642 525199.

The show then goes to The Peacock in Sunderland on Friday 20th April, 7.30 pm. Tickets are £5 and are available from or by calling 0191 561 3455

The show  has two final dates at Northern Stage on Tuesday 1st  and Wednesday  2nd May, 8.00 pm. Tickets are £10.00 / £8 (conc) and are available from or by calling 0191 230 5151.

Supported by Arts Council England, Northern Stage, ARC Stockton, Sunderland Culture, Cultural Spring, New Writing North and Apples and Snakes.

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