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It’s nice to be nice, isn’t it? Poet, performer and ‘haphazard meditator’ Kirsten Luckins believes that the world would be a better place if people showed more compassion for the human condition, but in our world of constant frenetic activity, 24 hour news cycles and Tories, it can be hard to throw open your heart lest it overwhelm  you entirely.

Kirsten’s new solo spoken word show tours several venues in the region this month, and is based on poems taken from her first collection of the same name, asking the audience to consider kindness and compassion. Are they the same things? Can you learn to be compassionate? And are some people just kinder than others? Utilising poetry, films, anecdotes and games, each show will throw up different opinions and points of view, some based around the audience’s viewpoints, but also developed from the community groups she’ll be working with in the run-up to the performances.

The Trouble With Compassion promises to be an engaging and insightful production, with the aim of making us all that little bit better. You can’t ask for more than that, right?

The Trouble With Compassion is at Hartlepool Library on Tuesday 14th, ARC in Stockton on Thursday 16th and Coulby Newham Library on Friday 17th June, plus Queens Hall Hexham on Saturday 9th and Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle on Thursday 14th July.

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