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Performance poet Jess Green is certainly making quite the name for herself. Her poem Dear Mr Gove was a recent viral YouTube hit and a year on, has attracted over 300,000 views. Miss Green is taking the show that poem formed a part of on tour, having received two five star reviews at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, heading to Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre on Sunday 15th November.

Described as ‘grippingly inventive and immensely touching’ by Broadway Baby, Burning Books is a live poetry and music show which is sure to strike a chord with so many. Set in an inner city secondary school, against the backdrop of the cuts and blows of the Coalition government, Jess Green tells the stories of a librarian secretly taking books to the tip, a newly qualified graduate furiously supporting Movember and a tired-out sixty-something fighting for her pension on a picket line.

All of these stories are inspired by people she’s met in schools across the country, and a highly topical social commentary follows, both on the state of the education system and the teachers and students who struggle to survive within it. A show firmly set in the now, at times it is incredibly sad and others comically honest, this is a show which hits on something which affects so many.

A first-person narrative is delivered in a passionate but still beautifully poetic style that will captivate, all backed by a rousing live soundtrack played on acoustic guitar and cajon by her band The Mischief Thieves, Dave Morris and Scott Cadenhead. There’s an eclectic score which moves smoothly from slow, acoustic folk to more raucous moments, Deep South US blues and even a moment for a European waltz.

The delightfully charming and intimate Alphabetti Theatre gives a stage, as Jess Green puts forward a show that Scroobius Pip found to be ‘amazing to watch!’

Burning Books is at Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle on Sunday 15th November.

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