‘Here’s My Pitch’ by Jackie Kay

Off the Shelf 2012 (Guest curator for the festival in 2013)

29 October 2012 marked a first for a poet, when Jackie Kay took to the pitch to read to a football stadium full of fans awaiting kick off. The poem is an invocation of Arthur Wharton, the world’s first black professional footballer, who played for Sheffield United in the 1894-95 season. The match, Sheffield United v. Portsmouth ended 1- 0 to United.

Performed by John Rwoth-Omack
A Ugandan born, London trained and Sheffield bred and based theatre maker. John trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College of Performing Arts. Since graduating, John has worked on several project as an actor, and directed Paul Sirett’s Bad Blood Blues. Most recently, John has worked as Assistant Director on Sheffield Theatres’ The Last King of Scotland and both wrote and performed in Far Gone.

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