Creative Writing graduate performs debut grime-poetry show at London’s Royal Court Theatre

Deborah 'Debris' Stevenson. Credit: Jamal Sterrett.

Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson (MA in Creative Writing, 2012) recently brought together music, movement, lyrics and poetry for a show commissioned to celebrate the centenary of a milestone in the campaign for gender equality.

Watch extracts of Debris’ performance during an ITV interview on YouTube

Running for two weeks in the autumn of 2018, the show reflected Debris’ teenage years in East London amidst the evolution of grime and how this influenced her rise to success.

Her latest work was part of Represent, a series of commissions celebrating the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918. Although the act gave the vote only to women over 30, Represent invited young female artists to explore democracy, equality and inclusion in contemporary Britain. The work was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, a five-year UK arts programme commemorating the First World War centenary.

Debris has performed across a variety of platforms including on BBC Radio 3 and at London’s Roundhouse Theatre. She has performed, written and taught poetry in over 20 countries and 10 American states, and has also been awarded over £250,000 from Arts Council England to develop young talent.

Find out more about Debris’ work.