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FULL Biography (387 WORDS) 

Toby Thompson is a performance poet based in London, hailing from Bath. His career jump-started at just 16 when he was commissioned to write a poem expressing his feelings about how Shakespeare was taught in schools. He first performed “The System" to an audience of education and performance practitioners including Kate Tempest and Cicely Berry of the RSC who later asked him to perform it at the Roundhouse Theatre in Camden and at the House of Lords. Later filmed by the RSC, it was published on their website and YouTube channel.

Since then his journey has taken in appearances at most major UK festivals (Glastonbury Slam Champion) and he is a favourite on the London and west country spoken word circuit. His frequent collaborations include The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, Lyrix Organix and Tongue Fu and he has delivered numerous commissions.

With Kate Tempest, Dizraeli, Polarbear and Indigo Williams he wrote and performed a celebratory theatre piece for the RSC to mark the re-opening of the historic Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon. In 2015 director Jesse Jones (National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic) asked him to write and perform the extended performance poem , “A Day to Remember” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre as part of Northampton’s commemoration of the Battle of Aubers Ridge.  The show is planned to tour nationally next year.  in early 2017 he was approached by Martyn Ware (Human League, Heaven 17) to create a piece about Picasso which Toby performed at the Picasso Portraits exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery.

Between May and November 2017 he has been resident at Battersea Arts Centre in the role of 'Artist Host' where he received support and mentoring to develop a number of current projects. These include a new work specially commissioned by the egg (Theatre Royal Bath) for young audiences under their “Incubator” programme. The result, “I Wish I Was a Mountain” is an adaptation of a Herman Hesse fairy tale, “Faldum” and the intention is to develop it into a full production to tour in 2018.

With Arts Council funding, he is currently filming his poem “People Fall in Love”, commissioned by Bath-based charity “5x5x5=creativity” to celebrate the views and work of their patron, the renowned educationalist and creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson.  The film is due for release in November 2017.

MEDIUM LENGTH BIOGRAPHY (336 WORDS)

Toby Thompson is a performance poet, based in London, hailing from Bath. His career jump-started at just 16 when he first performed his poem “The System" to an audience of education and performance practitioners including Kate Tempest and Cicely Berry of the RSC, and later at the Roundhouse Theatre and the House of Lords. Subsequently filmed by the RSC, it was published on their website and YouTube channel.

Since then his journey has taken in appearances at most major UK festivals (Glastonbury Slam Champion) and he is a regular on the London and west country spoken word circuit. His frequent collaborations include The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, Lyrix Organix and Tongue Fu and he has delivered numerous commissions.

With Kate Tempest, Dizraeli, Polarbear and Indigo Williams he wrote and performed a celebratory theatre piece for the RSC to mark the re-opening of the historic Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon.  In 2015 director Jesse Jones (National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic) asked him to write and perform the extended performance poem , “A Day to Remember” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre as part of Northampton’s commemoration of the Battle of Aubers Ridge.  The show is planned to tour nationally next year.  In early 2017 he was asked by Martyn Ware (Human League, Heaven 17) to create a piece about Picasso which Toby performed at the Picasso Portraits exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery.

During 2017 he was resident at Battersea Arts Centre in the role of 'Artist Host', and has been working on a new work specially commissioned by the egg (Theatre Royal Bath) for young audiences under their “Incubator” programme. The intention is to develop “I Wish I Was a Mountain” into a full production to tour in 2018.

With Arts Council funding, he is currently filming his poem “People Fall in Love”, commissioned by Bath-based charity “5x5x5=creativity” to celebrate the views and work of their patron, the renowned educationalist and creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson.  The film is due for release in November 2017.

SHORTER LENGTH BIOGRAPHY (249 WORDS)

Toby Thompson is a performance poet based in London. At just 16 his poem “The System’ was performed to an audience of education and performance practitioners including Kate Tempest and Cicely Berry of the RSC, and later at the Roundhouse Theatre, and the House of Lords and subsequently filmed and published by the RSC.

He has since appeared at most major UK festivals (Glastonbury Slam Champion) and he is a favourite on the fast-growing spoken word circuit. His frequent collaborations include The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, Lyrix Organix and Tongue Fu.

His commissions include writing and performing a celebratory theatre-piece for the RSC to mark the re-opening of the historic Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon, and his extended performance poem “A Day to Remember”, directed by Jesse Jones (National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic) at the Royal & Derngate Theatre during 2015. The show is due to tour nationally in next year.  In 2017 Toby wrote and performed for the Picasso Portraits exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery.

This year he was chosen by the egg (Theatre Royal Bath) to create a new work for young audiences under their “Incubator” programme. The intention is to develop “I Wish I Was a Mountain” into a full production to tour in 2018.

With Arts Council funding, he is currently filming his poem “People Fall in Love” which celebrates the views and work of the renowned educationalist and creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson.  The film is due for release in November 2017.

SHORT BIOGRAPHY (156 WORDS)

Toby’s career started at just 16 when he was asked by the RSC to perform one of his first poems to a selected audience including Kate Tempest and Cicely Berry and later at the Roundhouse and the House of Lords. The RSC filmed and published it on their website.

Since then he has appeared at most major UK festivals and regularly on the spoken word circuit, and written numerous commissions, including for the RSC , the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton, and Bath-based charity “5x5x5=creativity”.

His extended performance poem “A Day to Remember” is planned to tour in 2018 and he is currently an Incubator scholar at the egg (Theatre Royal Bath) where he has been commissioned to write a new work for young audiences.

With Arts Council funding, he is currently filming his poem “People Fall in Love” which celebrates the views and work of the renowned educationalist and creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson.

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Beautiful, inspiring wordsmithery...

Toby Thompson is a writer and performer of thoughts and feelings. Not just his own, but somehow yours too. His poetry displays his delight in life’s uncertainties and absurdities and his uniquely rhythmic and musical style is lyrical, beguiling, playful and poignant. 

"…one of the most inspired, powerful poets I've heard in years. …talent and passion that put a lot of older writers to shame. Who knows what primal wellspring he's pulling all this inspiration from, but anyway, world - take notice." 

Dizraeli. Champion Poet, Rapper, Dizraeli & The Small Gods.

"...easily one of the most gifted young wordsmiths I have ever had the pleasure to encounter.”  

Akala. Rapper & founder of the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company

“Toby Thompson is the future.”  

Kate Tempest