Kat François is a performance artist, theatre director and producer, poet, actor, and playwright. A youth and adult educator, Kat is also a Personal Trainer who runs a fitness, health and well being group, “Fit, Fabulous & Fierce.”
Kat was the first person to win a televised poetry slam in the UK, on BBC3 in 2004, and a year later went on to win the World Slam Poetry Championships in Rotterdam.
As a playwright, Kat has written and performed two solo plays, SEVEN TIMES ME, RAISING LAZARUS, and two comedy shows, KAT’S GOT YOUR TONGUE and THE KAT FRANCOIS COMEDY SHOW, which received a 5 star review at the Camden Fringe Festival.
RAISING LAZARUS is Kat’s critically acclaimed play about her relative from the Caribbean who fought in the First World War, and recalls the experience of West Indian soldiers during this period. The play continues to tour nationally and internationally, receiving a 4 Star review from The Stage at Brighton Festival, the play has been performed as far as South Africa, Canada, Australia and Berlin. In 2016 Kat was invited to perform the play as part of the Night Before The Somme commemorative event at the Imperial War Museum, London. Kat contributed to the Centenary WW1 Armistice anniversary with performances, and commissioned pieces for BBC, and memorial events.
Kat has worked with young people for many years, as a youth worker, PHSE Facilitator, also teaching dance, drama, poetry and performance skills. Kat was recently invited to host workshops for international students and teachers at Anne Frank House, Amsterdam and Berlin, exploring the legacy of Anne Frank and its relation to current themes of migration and conflict. Kat continues to work in the education sector, with students, parents, and teachers, in class, and providing educational workshops for inset days.
Kat is an established director of youth theatre, devising plays for theatres including Theatre Royal Stratford East, Roundhouse Camden, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, as well as performances at Arcola Theatre, and Camp Bestival. She runs her own young people’s theatre and poetry collective, developing writing and poetic theatre on themes including mental health and identity.
Kat has performed on radio and television including BLUE PETER and the BIG POETRY SLAM, and BBC Breakfast. Kat featured on SKY 1 “WHAT’S UP,” and SKY ARTS. Kat is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio, including Radio 4’s arts programme, FRONT ROW, where she has been commissioned to write poems on themes including the First World War, and Women’s Rights, or writing spontaneously in the studio. She was a studio guest on BBC Radio 4’s SATURDAY LIVE, and recently was involved in a discussion and poetry response on Infertility for BBC Radio 5 Live.
Kat is published in a number of poetry anthologies for adults and children. Her first written collection of poetry, RHYME AND REASON, was published in February 2008 and is now in its third edition.
In 2015 Kat was invited to perform at POETRY AFRICA in Durban and she continues to perform internationally.
In 2017, Artswork invited Kat as a keynote speaker at their annual conference.
2019 saw Kat premiere her young female theatre and poetry group in Women Must, at the Last Word Festival, Roundhouse. Received with much acclaim on the stories of young black women in the UK, Women Must will be developing for touring in 2020.
Kat is managed through her own production business, Zupakat Productions.
Social media: @zupakat.
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