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Hit the Ode is a unique performance poetry night bringing world-class spoken word artists to the heart of Birmingham to perform alongside open micers.

The brilliant big Brummy March line-up will feature the following guests:

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet, writer, editor and creative strategist based in London. Her writing focuses around themes of memory, home, well-being, nostalgia and familial relationships. Theresa was featured in the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, which celebrated ‘forces for change’ and her debut poetry collection ‘In Search of Equilibrium’ has been described as extraordinary.

Safiya Kinshasa is an interdisciplinary poet of Barbadian heritage who has won multiple national championships, including the UK Hammer & Tongue championships and the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Award. In 2021, Safiya started a free poetry programme in Barbados which offers professional lessons teaching a variety of techniques, form and poetry around the world and across time.

DJ Psykhomantus bridges the gap and connects the dots between Hip Hop and other progressive music genres as well as showcasing the whole spectrum of Turntablism. He aims to take his listeners on a musical journey and his love of music shines through in everything he does on two turntables and a mixer.

John Bernard is a Coventry based Poet, Rapper & Writer who uses his artistry to inspire, influence and invigorate his listeners with meaningful messages. His work commentates on social issues, youth empowerment, faith and purpose. Distinctive delivery, commanding voice, an intricate lyricist his content is authentically raw and potent. He has undoubtedly carved a lane for himself infusing Spoken Word poetry, Alternative-Rap and Neo-Soul.

Whether you’re a regular or new to spoken word, we guarantee Hit The Ode will hit that poetry sweet spot!

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?


£5 in advance, £8 on the door

Prices and discounts subject to change

Running Time

2 hours and 15 minutes

Age guidance




Discounts & Concessions


We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to Birmingham Hippodrome.


£2.50 tickets in all seating areas.
2-for-1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.

CLICK HERE for more information on our Access Performances


Discounts and Concessions are offered subject to availability at the discretion of the Information and Sales Manager. Top three price bands only, unless otherwise stated. Restrictions may apply. Only one discount per ticket may apply, unless otherwise stated. Offers are non retrospective and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid ID must be presented where applicable. Additional discounts may be offered from time to time.

Food & Drink

The Proscenium Lounge

Add some VIP sparkle to your Hippodrome experience with a Diamond or Champagne package in our luxurious lounge.

The Coffee Bar

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

The Bars

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


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