Kat Francois is a performance artist, poet, actor, playwright, director, and comedian. A youth and adult workshop facilitator, 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 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, exploring the legacy of Anne Frank and its relation to current themes of migration and conflict.
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 poetry collective, developing writing and poetic theatre on themes such as 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 in 2016 on “WHAT’S UP,” and has previously appeared on 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 closed 2016 as a guest on BBC Radio 4’s SATURDAY LIVE.
Kat has released a spoken word CD entitled BLESSED BY WORDS and is published in a number of poetry magazines and anthologies. Her first written collection of poetry, RHYME AND REASON, was published in February 2008 and is now in its third edition. She is currently working on her second collection.
In 2015 Kat was invited as the only non-African spoken word artist to perform at POETRY AFRICA in Durban.
In 2017, Artswork invited Kat as a keynote speaker at their annual conference.
Kat continues to perform internationally.