Life & Rhymes

Sky Arts

Life & Rhymes is a four-part series for Sky Arts. Each 26-minute episode sees host, legendary poet Professor Benjamin Zephaniah, introduce a set of new poets who perform a piece of their own work, along with a performance from Benjamin himself. Over four episodes the poets explore the biggest topics in the world today, including racism, gender, sexuality and mental health. Each episode also features an open mic section, where a number of randomly selected audience members have 60 seconds to share their own spoken word performance. Filmed during lockdown in Battersea Park, South London,  the poets perform from the park bandstand for a small, socially distanced audience. Life & Rhymes is the first show of its kind in the UK, solely dedicated to spoken word performance it celebrates the very best poetry and spoken word talent the UK has to offer.