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John Dyer Exhibition I Official Limited Edition Print I Art & Storytelling Competition

Maxwell Golden




“A colourful explosion of words from this vibrant painted image. Both inspired by John Dyer’s work and also it’s own creative entity. Let’s get writing in a free world that is as large as our imagination can possibly be! The fun part is in the creating. Characters, stories, rhyme, the way words sound together. Let’s play with words in a way that is as exciting to read and hear as John’s painting is to look at. I wrote my first poem age 7 and I’ve still got it now. Encourage yourself. Value everything you make. The amazing opportunity to write and create is always there. Let’s make the most of it!” Maxwell Golden

MAXWELL GOLDEN is an artist working in hip hop theatre, verse, drama and musical comedy. He has performed everywhere from street corners to the Royal Albert Hall and is part of the Writer’s Hub at Soho Theatre.

 “Golden is a charming and supple performer whose physical skills match his gifts for vivid characterisation and razor-sharp rhymes, creating an easy show to like. ” Scotland On Sunday (Mark Fisher)

In 2007 he was selected by Nitin Sawhney as part of Aftershock, which led to 18 months as an Emerging Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. His music has featured on Radio 1 and 1Xtra and released on ITM:DTN, Bassbin, Critical, and NLT. He is a Slam Poetry Champion, Battlescars finalist, trained Fool (NAF), and experienced Playback Theatre practitioner.

“This is a superb piece encompassing  rap, spoken word and theatre that l would recommend to anyone.” Cream Of The Fringe ***** 5 stars

Theatrical credits include Essence (Birmingham Rep), The Sun & The Moon (Southbank Centre), Everything Must Go (Soho Theatre), Emergence alongside Ed Sheeran (Lyrix Organix), East London West Sydney (ICE / British Council/ Sydney Festival), Markus The Sadist (Jonzi D Productions), and Riz MC’s MICroscope (Sadler’s Wells).

In 2011 he toured extensively with comedy hip hop act Abandoman (Udderbelly, Glastonbury, Edinburgh, V Festival, Hop Farm).  His current solo CountryBoy’s Struggle (Contact Theatre) is touring the UK 2012-13 (80 dates) Following a highly successful run at The Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival 2012.  CountryBoy’s Struggle integrates music, poetry, MCing, as well as physical comedy to reflect both rural and urban environments.

“Golden’s solo acting skills are to be commended. He kept things clear, sharp, slick, and very funny. His talent for rap is so good , his lyrics were comic, insightful, and varied.” Broadway Baby ***** 5 stars

Writer/Performer Maxwell Golden says:
“It’s about what it’s like living in a rural area and wanting to make urban music, then moving to the city and finding it’s not what you expect – especially when your heart and soul is on the beaches and with the community you grew up in. Although it is performed predominantly through the aesthetic of modern UK Hip Hop theatre, the real emotion underlying the story is always of upmost importance.”


N.B. The following link will take you to YouTube to play the video.
Watch a video produced by the Arts Council and the BBC for THE SPACE
project featuring Maxwell Golden

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Supported and produced by Arts Council England & the BBC. 



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