Lemn Sissay: Origins
A preview performance of a new national tour directed by Ed Morrish.
Batman was an orphan; Lisbeth Salander, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was an orphan; Superman was an orphan and a foundling. Cinderella was a foster child. Darth Vader – well, they can’t all be winners.
Canterbury Laureate Lemn Sissay returns returns to The Marlowe with a comic and poetic look at the treatment of children raised in care, orphans and foster children in popular culture, comparing them with reality. Because it surely says something about how we view them that we create so many for fiction. Lemn will explore the gap between fiction and reality, based on his own experiences of growing up in care as well as those of some special guests.
Lemn’s Origin Stories was a BBC production for Radio 4. He is the author of six collections of poetry. He has also written plays for stage and BBC radio. Lemn was the first poet to write for the Olympics 2012 and received an MBE for Services to Literature. He is associate artist at the Southbank Centre, and Chancellor of the University of Manchester.
The Marlowe Theatre Development Trust