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 2018.

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. His most recent play, I Knew You, was performed at the Birmingham REP in 2017 and toured nationally. 

Steven's first Radio 4 play, Sleeping Dogs, aired in 2013, and he is currently developing an original television series with Expectation Entertainment. 

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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 Polarbear's life forever.

Battersea Arts Centre
 
Director Leo Kay
 

Polarbear invites you into the mind of two versions of the same person; a man living a life far from his past and a past he can’t cut loose.

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, Polarbear 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
 

Writer

Director Daniel Bailey
 

As Angela edges closer to retirement, she has to decide whether to introduce her son to the father he has never met.

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
 

Taking inspiration from the double meaning of the title (the turf of a football pitch, and what it is to be turfed out of home), Turfed shines a light on the global issue of youth homelessness.

LIFT Theatre Festival 2014
 
Desh
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
 

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Director James Robinson
 

Jason is treading water - until his best mate from school turns up. As Riley stirs up the past, Jason wonders whether some things are best left forgotten.


Broadcaster BBC Radio 4