What Words Are Ours? | Free Word

7 May 2020

Presented by:
Talia Randall


In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the UK, we have been revising plans for our season.

We are happy to say that this event will be transformed into online content. More information about this coming soon!


Words have kept us down, held us back and locked us up, but words have also freed us: we have reclaimed ourselves with words. What Words Are Ours? is a fun, bold variety show exploring the link between language and power.

Join us for an exuberant Free Word special edition of this cabaret night, created and hosted by poetry-clown Talia Randall, featuring a kaleidoscope of performances from genre-defying poets, comedians and performance artists, to rising stars of the spoken word scene – BSL interpreted by Jacqui Beckford and captioned.

For this edition Deaf artist Ishtiaq Hussain aka Ish will be performing a specially commissioned piece of Visual Vernacular – soundless storytelling with visual jokes and physical poetry.

Many more acts to be announced.

7 May 2020

Talia Randall


Talia Randall

Artist and Writer

Talia Randall makes and curates riotous cabaret, bold poetry and joyous theatre. An artist and writer with a growing following, she has performed across the UK at the Roundhouse, The Southbank Centre, Wales Millennium Centre, Bristol Old Vic, Glastonbury and The Edinburgh Fringe.

Jacqui Beckford

Sign Language Translator and Interpreter

Jacqui Beckford has worked extensively as a British Sign Language translator/interpreter in Disability theatre and the arts. In the late 1990’s she toured nationally in three productions with Graeae Theatre Company as an Interpreter/performer. To date Jacqui is a freelance BSL interpreter working across many domains from the arts (theatres/museums/galleries] television broadcast (BBC news 24, Cbeebies, CBBC & other channels), film, medical, mental health and legal. Jacqui is a member of, The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people, Association of Sign Language Interpreters and Equity.

Ishtiaq Hussain


Ishtiaq Hussain aka ‘Ish’, a deaf artist hailing who creates ‘no sound’ entertainment via Visual Vernacular. Ishtiaq will leave you mesmerised with exaggerated visual jokes and BSL comedy.



There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible.

• Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
• Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
• There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor. All our toilets are individual, gender neutral cubicles.
• This event will be captioned and BSL interpreted.
• The foyer and café areas are our designated quiet spaces – if you need to leave the event at any time, you’re welcome to use these areas.
• If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.


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