Theatre performances autumn 2021 › Newcastle

Kwame Alexander Performance

Kwame Alexander uses his books to immerse children in rich, lively verse and talks about how they can transform their lives by saying “YES” to themselves and the power of poetry. In this energetic, inspirational, and fun-filled performance, children will be transfixed as Kwame Alexander and Randy Preston weave together poems and stories of love and life and empowerment.

Every child attending this event will receive a **free** copy of *The Crossover* graphic novel cover

Every child attending this event will receive a free copy of The Crossover graphic novel

Theatre Royal, Newcastle, NE1 6BR
Friday 24th September
10:30 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 5 and 6
£5 per child, teachers FREE

Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and New York Times bestselling author, who has won numerous awards including the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children.

Praise for The Undefeated

Alexander's magnificent anthem to the courage and genius of black Americans is paired with stunning portraits by Nelson

Publishers Weekly, Best Children’s and YA Books of 2019


Kwame Alexander challenges you to write a couplet. Watch his short workshop and get writing!

Kwame talks about reading, books, and his love of poetry

Randy Preston

Randy Preston is a singer-songwriter, educator and storyteller, who grew up on 3 different continents. He has been a high school teacher and a university lecturer and now uses music to entertain and educate young people.

EVERY child attending will receive a FREE book to take home and keep

How to book tickets

Free Workshops!

The Children’s Bookshow will allocate four free in-classroom workshops with poet Valerie Bloom to schools attending this performance with 30 or more children. Book tickets for this event to have a chance of being chosen to receive this fantastic opportunity.

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It was great for the children to hear Kwame speak live and have the opportunity to ask him questions. He was so inspiring and engaging - the children are still talking about it.

Teacher in Salford

The details

  • Please arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the start of the performance, so that you have enough time to find your seats and and use the bathroom. Our start times are strictly governed by the theatres that we work with and by the start and end times of the school day. If you are unavoidably delayed, please get in touch with your Children’s Bookshow contact as soon as possible.
  • Depending on the time of the performance, you may want your children to bring a packed lunch. (Please contact the theatre directly to check if there is a suitable space.)
  • Parking facilities vary from theatre to theatre; please check the theatre website for details.
  • Please contact the theatre directly for risk assessment information.
  • Please ensure your children have visited the bathroom before the show starts, or ask them to wait until after the performance ends. A constant stream of children getting up to go to the toilet is very distracting for our performers and other members of the audience.

Still have questions? You can find our FAQs here.

Have any questions? Get in touch

Katy Webster

Your contact for this performance is Katy Webster, she will be happy to answer any queries you have:

07904 068084