Poet in Residence

Baz Productions

Poet in Residence 2011-12

Baz Productions

We are a London based theatre company. Our work comes out of the process we have developed of training actors together in responsiveness, physical engagement and verse speaking. We take our inspiration from the world of sport, and aim to create projects that engage theatre audiences as a sporting event engages its crowd. In October 2011 we will be producing our first project, Macbeth,for three weeks in the crypt of St Andrew, Holborn.


Poet in Residence

BAZ are looking for a poet to work with. We are inviting participants to submit poems that comply with a set of ‘rules’. Our actors in BAZ are often given challenges in this way, i.e. to complete a task with a series of ‘obstacles’ that become our rules of play. We have found that these boundaries often result in creative, innovative ways of thinking and would love to see if the same is true for poets.

The winning entry will establish the writer as the Poet in Residence for Baz Productions. The poem will be:

  • Published in the programme for Macbeth
  • On display in our exhibition space in the crypt for the entire run of the play
  • Published on our blog and our social media followers (over 500) will be encouraged to read it

The Poet in Residence will also produce three more poems during the year, ending in September 2012, in response to events in Baz Productions calendar. These poems will be also be published online.



We are delighted to announce that his competition will be judged by poet Wendy Cope, Shakespeare scholar and poet Lachlan Mackinnon and Baz Productions.

Your poem must:

  • Be no longer than 40 lines
  • Incorporate Iambic Pentameter in some way
  • Involve a character from Macbeth – any character of any size from Lady Macbeth through to the sleepy grooms


Entries: £5 for the poet’s first poem and £1 thereafter.

There is no limit on the number of entries made by an individual. All proceeds go towards the BAZ production of Macbeth in October 2011.

All entries must be submitted to Baz Productions by Monday 19th September 2011. The winner will be announced on Friday 30thSeptember 2011.

Please ensure:

  • Submissions state the poet’s name on each page
  • There is no more than one poem per page


Send hard copy to: Baz Productions LLP, 17 Ferris Road, London, SE22 9DF with a cheque payable to Baz Productions LLP, stating your name on the back.

Or email entries to: competition@bazproductions.co.uk and pay entry fee stating your full name via paypal using the button below.

Good luck!



  1. Sounds wonderful. Does the poet need to actually live in London or could they be someone who sometimes works there, but lives elsewhere?

    • Hi Jo, the poet can live anywhere at all, that’s absolutely fine! Thanks, Baz

    • Pete
    • August 30th, 2011

    Jo, go away, you win everything. Leave something for the plebs…

    • Christine Webb
    • September 16th, 2011

    A terrific comp anyway, whichever of us wins it (but I shall definitely grind my teeth when it isn’t me…

  2. Do we know when the winner will be announced?

  1. October 17th, 2011
  2. October 17th, 2011

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