Steven Camden (Polarbear)

Spoken-word artist, novelist, playwright and screenwriter

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Steven Camden (Polarbear) is one of the most respected spoken word artists in the UK.

Regularly performing his work internationally since 2007, Camden has graced stages from Kuala Lumpur to California via Glastonbury and The Royal Shakespeare Company. His work has featured extensively on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6.

A published author, Steven has written two Young Adult novels for HarperCollins, Tape and It's About Love, with his third, Nobody Real scheduled for publication in 2017.

Steven is also a playwright and his debut play, Back Down, was produced by the Birmingham REP and toured nationally in 2015. He was co-writer and script mentor on the Akram Khan Company's Olivier Award winning production Desh, as well as script writer for LIFT festival's acclaimed production Turfed. His theatre piece Mouth Open, Story Jump Out, received five star reviews and is currently on its third international tour. He is under commission to write a new play for the Birmingham REP.

Steven is keen to write for the screen and his first Radio 4 play, Sleeping Dogs, aired in 2013.







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Writer & Performer

Director Yael Shavit

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out is about the moment that started it all, and how one little decision set off a chain reaction that changed his life forever.

Battersea Arts Centre
Director Leo Kay

The show begins with a memory of raised fists, works through a potential playground ruck but ends in quiet reflection that packs its own considerable punch.

The Roundhouse
Director Yael Shavit

Return is a tale of home and its hold on you.

Battersea Arts Centre and Mac, Birmingham
Producer Sarah Ellis
Director Yael Shavit

With a sharp line in storytelling and poems, he uncovers the tale of a 28-year-old man stuck in a job he never wanted and a 10-year-old private detective looking for answers.

Birmingham REP


Producer Birmingham Rep
Director Tessa Walker

Luke, Zia and Tommy have known each other forever. With Luke about to leave for university, it’s time for one last adventure together.

Birmingham REP
Director Renato Rocha
LIFT Theatre festival
Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production
Producer Farooq Chaudhry
Writer Akram Khan and Karthika Nair

DESH meaning ‘homeland’ in Bengali, draws multiple tales of land, nation, resistance and convergence into the body and voice of one man trying to find his balance in an unstable world.

Sadler’s Wells, London
Director Leo Kay

8SIXTEEN32 follows four Grime MCs as they strive to balance creative ambitions with the daily grind. This lively fusion of word and comedy with a tailor-made score of beats, rhythms and melodies is a breath-taking, tongue-twisting tale of life and lyrics with a darker look at youth culture exploitation.

Birmingham REP