What's On


Best pals Jack and Cee are back to raise money and smiles in aid of the mental health charity C.A.L.M.

What to expect

Comedian Jack Rooke and poet Cecilia Knapp will host a packed line up full of poetry, comedy and tunes, as part of our Mindful Mess Festival.

Come on down, grab a drink and enjoy being back in a room watching live brilliant stuff, all whilst raising money for an excellent cause.


Jon Pointing

Jon Pointing is an actor and comedian who’s appeared in TV shows such as Plebs. His one man show Act Natural was a hit at Edinburgh and ran at Soho theatre


Toby Campion

Born and raised in the Midlands, Toby Campion is a UK National Poetry Slam Champion and a World Poetry Slam finalist. Recipient of the Silver Wyvern Award and First Place in the Poetry on the Lake Prizes 2017, awarded by Carol Ann Duffy, Toby has performed his poetry on stages across the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to London’s Royal Albert Hall, and in countries around the world, including America, Italy, Spain, Albania and South Korea. His debut play, WRECK, won the Fifth Word Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright 2015.


Talia Randall

Talia is a writer, performer and dyslexic who creates riotous cabaret, weird poetry and joyous podcasts. Raised on a London council estate, she began her artistic career in community schemes including Roundhouse Poetry Collective. An artist with a growing following, her work has been called “sublime” (dig.com), “distinctive” (The Upcoming) and “fascinating” (Sabotage Reviews). She’s performed across the UK at Roundhouse, Southbank Centre, Wales Millennium Centre, Bristol Old Vic, Glastonbury and The Edinburgh Fringe. Talia’s current projects include ‘What Words Are Ours?’ a Deaf inclusive poetry show and ‘Cassette Tape Radio’, a mixtape style podcast.

Cecilia Knapp

Cecilia is the Young People’s Laureate for London, 2020-2021. Poems have appeared in Magma, The White Review, Ambit and Bath Magg. She curated the poetry anthology Everything is going to be Alright (Trapeze.) She was shortlisted for the 2020 Rebecca Swift Women’s Prize. Her debut novel Little Boxes (The Borough Press) and her collection Peach Pig (Corsair) are forthcoming in 2022.


Jack Rooke

Jack is an award-winning comedy writer-performer and presenter from Watford. He is currently creator, writer and narrator of his debut comedy-drama show Big Boys, which is being developed for Channel 4 after a non-TX pilot in 2018. Produced by RoughCut TV and starring Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) and Jon Pointing (Plebs), Big Boys is an adaptation of Jack’s acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe shows Good Grief and Happy Hour, about two misfit young guys overcoming various obstacles and becoming best friends at university. The show won Jack a Broadcast Magazine Hot Shot for Comedy-Writing. He’s also been a long-time ambassador for UK mental health charity CALM since 2012.


Music from Worry Boy and Omar Bynon

Omar Bynon and Worry Boy are a blend of poetry and dreamy beats. After meeting as Barbican Young Poets, sharing a sauna, freestyling about a fox and collaborating on Let Me Out Room My Please; they are excited to present their first live set of poems, lyrics and hypnotic lo-fi production.

About C.A.L.M (Standing together, united against suicide) 

We’re the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and we’re taking a stand against suicide. That means standing against feeling shit, standing up to stereotypes, and standing together to show life is always worth living.
125 lives are lost every week to suicide. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. We exist to change this.
We do it by provoking conversation, running life-saving services, and bringing people together so they reject living miserably, get help when they need it and don’t die by suicide.

C.A.L.M fundraiser, poplar union, a mindful mess