Tidal Presents: Comedy Poetry and Protest with Francesca Martinez


When: Friday 28th April at 19:00 – 23:00

Where: Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University Union, LS2 9JZ.

What: TIDAL are teaming up with Leeds University Union to put on a showcase of fierce and creative responses to social and environmental injustice.

This fundraiser is also a warm up event for the day long activist gathering ‘EDUCATE AGITATE ORGANISE’, taking place at Leeds Beckett Student Union, Leslie Silver Building on Saturday the 29th of April. Click here for more details.


We are extremely excited to bring together radical, creative, agitators and performers:

Francesca is a wobbly* comedian, disability rights activist, environmental activist, writer and speaker who has toured internationally with sell-out runs at The Melbourne Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. From 2003 to 2008, Francesca toured her hit Edinburgh solo shows ‘I’mperfect’ and ‘In Deep’ around the UK. From 2011 to 2013, her 50 date tour of Australia and 67 date tour of the UK and Ireland with What The *** Is Normal?! gained a nomination for Best Comedian at the Perth Fringe, won her the Edinburgh Fringe Media Network Award 2011 and a nomination for Best Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2013. Her best-selling book, also called What The **** Is Normal?!, was published by Random House in 2014. Nominated Best Book in the Chortle Comedy Awards 2015, and runner up in the Bread & Roses Book Award 2015, the book has garnered rave reviews from critics and the public alike. In 2016 she supported Frankie Boyle on tour and was commissioned to write and perform a new comedy show: Francesca Martinez’s Wobbly Manifesto. * Oh yeah, she has mild cerebral palsy but she much prefers the word ‘wobbly’.

Four Poets, Four Chairs, One Microphone. Four poets face the audience; in turn they step up to the mic to perform their poems. A cross between a poetic super-group and ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’, the show is fast paced and never the same twice. Formed by Ralph Dartford and Matt Abbott in the summer of 2013. The Firm has performed over 200 shows since that night and are now regarded as one of the finest spoken word organisations in the UK.

‘Some poetry reaches out and touches you: Sai’s poetry stretches out and grabs you’ – Benjamin Zephaniah.
Sai Murray is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, graphic designer of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage. Sai is also an educator, and has helped develop several art-activist initiatives and is a founding poet facilitator/mentor on Platform’s youth arts and campaigning program: Voices that Shake! At Comedy Poetry and Protest, he will proudly be performing alongside Tasmia, a participant of this course.

Kristina is a poet and co-founder of two Shipley institutions – the Feminist Zealots and Rhubarb @ the Trinangle, a monthly poetry and prose night. Both indulge in her passion for craftivism with a Yorkshire flavour.

An exciting new Feminist Spoken word collective from Dewsbury.



/TAMI PIEN (Elemental)/
Tami studies and DJs in Leeds, while also organising club nights through Elemental Leeds, which brings together artists driven for community and environmental sustainability.


To make the event accessible to everyone we have a sliding scale of ticket prices:
*£12 solidarity ticket (this ticket will help us offer free tickets to those unable to pay in money)*

*£10 standard ticket (If earning a decent wage and are no longer a student in school or college)*

*£5 concessions ticket (If you are under 18, in full time education, on a low wage or an OAP)*

*£0 payment in kind (If you can’t pay our ticket prices in money, you can promise to help out on the night or bring a cake we can sell in the interval to help cover our costs. Please contact maia.kelly@leedstidal.org to arrange)*

Accompanied children are very welcome to attend, but be aware that performances may contain some swearing.

To get a ticket click here.