Tag Archives: James Webster

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Spoken Word Round-Up 2014

- by James Webster – It feels like we’ve had a cracking year for Spoken Word in 2014, with the established regular nights going from strength to strength (Bang Said the Gun, Hammer & Tongue, Chill Pill etc. just keep going) and a spate of new, inventive events popping up as well, including poetry game…

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300 to 1 by Monkey Poet

-Reviewed by James Webster- I was unfortunate to miss Monkey Poet‘s epic satire of Frank Miller/Zach Snyder’s homoerotic, pro-war extravaganza at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, so I was really pleased to be able to catch it in Oxford this month. It’s a bit of an ‘out there’ idea: a teenager struggling with poetry homework…

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Other Voices: Spoken Word Cabaret

- reviewed by James Webster – Our Performance Editor is in Edinburgh for the next week, trying to review as many Spoken Word shows as possible before he has to go home (or words begin to lose all meaning, whichever comes first). His first stop was the always impressive Other Voices on 12/08/14. The Concept…

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High Noon Over Camelot by The Mechanisms

- reviewed by James Webster – High Noon Over Camelot is a joyously grim, funny and clever update of Arthurian legend, set in a gorgeously sci-fi kind of wild west. Filled with lovably damaged characters, it’s a tale of love, violence and horribly dashed hopes that for a briefest moment gave me hope for the…

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Saboteur Awards 2014: Performance

-In which James Webster sums up the categories he presented at the awards- After a lot of voting, some great performances, a brilliant (bank account-busting) book fair and, in addition to the performances, a hilarious video from Best One-Off Event nominated show The Anti-Slam (a show that plumbed the gut-bustingly funny depths of poetic disaster),…

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Review: Quiltbag Cabaret – 06/12/13

-Reviewed by James Webster- Quiltbag – an acronym standing for Queer and Questioning, Unidentified, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual, Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer OR – an unbelievably charming, friendly and welcoming evening of crafts and cabaret with a queer-friendly focus. A cuddly kind of cabaret … Upon entering Quiltbag on a very brrrr-worthy, cold December night, I was…

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Review: The Anti-Slam Oxford

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien- 23rd January at Arts at the Old Fire Station The logistics In 2012 I participated in the inaugural Bullshit conference. The concept was simple: either deal in an ultra-academic way with the silliest topics you can find, or deal with a serious subject matter in a nonsensical format. In other words,…

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Review: Landscape II by Melanie Wilson

-Reviewed by James Webster- The thrum of deep base sound ebbs away, leaving only a ring of tinnitus. The lights retreat to a dim glimmer, the shivers stop running down my spine, and the audience audibly exhale. We’re about two thirds of the way through Melanie Wilson‘s haunting multimedia poem, and she’s holding us on…