Theatre of Failure is an irregular LGBTQ poetry night organised by JD Howse and myself. We have recently moved venue, and our next event will take place on Monday 28th October at The Crown Tavern, Clerkenwell – scroll down for more details. We endeavour to provide a platform for LGBTQ poets creating experimental/innovative work, whatever that might mean to them. We enjoy surprises. You are always welcome to contact me at sarah @ sarah – dawson dot co dot uk if you are interested in performing at a future event. 

Theatre of Failure VI

Our first ever themed event is dedicated to everything that is not here but still present, everything that could have  been said to belong to the past but is part of the here and now, and the ghosts of unrealised futures. It’s the Theatre of Failure Halloween Hauntology Special, coming to The Crown Tavern, Clerkenwell from 7.30pm on Monday 28th October. Our readers are Sarah Cave, Al Anderson, JD HowsePetero Kalulé, Charlotte Geater and Stephen Mooney – please do come along and enjoy their varied perspectives on the spectral. The event is free to attend and all are welcome.

Theatre of Failure V

The summer edition of Theatre of Failure on 10th August 2019 featured readings from Briony HughesKostya Tsolákis, George Reiner, Nehaal BajwaCaspar Heinemann and myself. You can view all the videos from the event here.

Theatre of Failure IV

Our fourth event, held on 17th April 2019 at the Nell of Old Drury, featured readings from Alison Graham, Yvonne Litschel, Cat Chong, E.P. Jenkins, Kashif Sharma Patel and Eley Williams. You can watch all of the videos here

Theatre of Failure III

Our extremely busy and warm third event took place on 15th November 2018, and featured readings from Al Anderson, Alison Rumfitt, Dolly Turing, Robert Hainault,  and Samuel Solomon, as well as a new collaboration between J D Howse and myself. You can view a playlist of all of the videos here.

We were very lucky to have new paintings by Ellie Arden for our flyer designs.

Theatre of Failure II

Theatre of Failure II took place on 09/08/18 at the Nell of Old Drury, and featured readings by Daniella Valz Gen, Anna Cathenka, JD Howse, Chloe Proctor, James Cole and myself. Videos of the night can be found here.


Theatre of Failure I

Our first event took place at the Nell of Old Drury, Covent Garden on 12/04/18, and featured readings by Mendoza, Kat Sinclair, Prudence Bussey-Chamberlain, Astra Papachristodoulou, Libby Norman and myself. You can watch a Youtube playlist of all the videos here.