Negative Capability

Date & time

Tuesday 10 June
6.30pm, 8pm, 9.30pm


Keats House
10 Keats Grove, Hampstead
London NW3 2RR




Commissioned by Ledbury Poetry Festival and presented in association with Keats House.

On December 21st 1817 a twenty-two year-old poet wrote in a letter to his brothers that a great writer possesses ‘Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts.’

The poet was John Keats, and his famous phrase is the starting point for a new immersive performance work. Join poets Hannah Silva, Inua Ellams and Simon Barraclough in their investigations of creativity and the negative space of the imagination, with a video installation by Ross Sutherland and atmospheric live accompaniment from experimental musician Leafcutter John.

Thoughtful and inspiring … We were given a chance to explore a place, a moment in history and an individual’s moment of history, and our reactions to all of the above.

Read a review of Negative Capability by Imogen Robertson

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