Important Information

Please click here for more information on Birmingham Hippodrome’s cancellation of live performances in the main auditorium until 1 February 2021.

This is a past event and is currently no longer running.


Hit the Ode is a unique performance poetry night bringing world-class spoken word artists to the heart of Birmingham. One regional, one national and one international poet perform alongside open micers.

Artists this month:

Joshua Judson is a poet from Nottingham and an active member of Barbican Young Poets in London. His work has been published in The North and Magma among other journals.

Jolade Olusanya is a poet, director and photographer from East London. He was a finalist in the first ever Young Poet Laureate for London in 2013 and winner of the 2017 Outspoken Prize for Poetry and Outspoken Performance Poetry Prize.

Samira Saleh is a spoken word/performance artist, passionate about telling and sharing stories to bring people closer. She’s been using the important outlet that is spoken word as a tool for self empowerment since she first stumbled upon the phenomenon online. The revolution will not be televised, she will be heard!

Wish to share your own work on stage? Sign up on the night from 7pm – 7.30pm to enter your name into the open mic lucky dip draw – 10 slots up for grabs, maximum 3 minutes each, selected at random – what have you got to lose?

Hit the Ode also returns on Fri 13 Jul. Book now!

June’s event will be in Studio 5, which is easily accessible from our Thorp St entrance or from Level 2 inside the theatre.


£5 in advance / £8 on the door

Prices and discounts subject to change, postage from £1.50.
Discounts & Concessions

There are no concessions available for this performance.

Food & Drink

Seasonal menus

Browse through a programme and enjoy attentive service and superb, seasonal food a few steps from your seats in our AA Rosette awarded restaurant.

Coffee Bar

Our Coffee Bar is open all day for Quarter Horse barista coffee and a quick and tasty bite to eat.

Our Bars

You’ll receive a warm welcome at our Foyer Bars, conveniently positioned for both Stalls and Circle levels.



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