Tag Archives: Spoken Word

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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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Can’t Care, Won’t Care by Sophia Walker

- reviewed by James Webster – Sophia Walker‘s Can’t Care, Won’t Care is a brilliantly traumatic show. Walker reaches into your guts with powerful, grasping words and twists until the tears squeeze out of your eyes. It’s hard to sit through; achingly, emotionally, superbly written and performed. Harrowing would be a good word. It’s cleverly…

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Asking Nicely by Hannah Chutzpah

  – reviewed by James Webster – Asking Nicely is a thoroughly entertaining and insightful piece by Hannah Chutzpah that dissects the ways we ask for and are given permission with near-surgical accuracy. She skilfully breaks down the power and privilege that condition our language and behaviour, crafting a convincing argument from anecdote, poetry, quotations…

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Shame by John Berkavitch

- reviewed by James Webster – Shame is a highly ambitious and well-realised multi-disciplinary show. Created by John Berkavitch, this genre-bending show blends theatre, spoken word, hip hop, physical theatre, music and animation into a dizzying and highly accomplished performance. It begins with Berkavitch asking the audience the question ‘what are you most ashamed of’,…

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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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Be Kind To Yourself by Tim Clare

-Reviewed by Lily Blacksell- We should all remember to be kind to ourselves. It is easier said than done however, as Tim Clare proves in the ‘arc of anxiety’ that forms his Free Fringe show, and beautifully said at that. Clare takes literal and hair-tugging pains to convey his anxiety to the audience, insisting he…

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Crap Time Lord by Richard Tyrone Jones

-Reviewed by James Webster- Those of us at the Utter 10th Anniversary Mini-Fringe back in April were treated to a real smorgasboard of spoken word talent. From Kirsten Luckins’ intensely lyrical talents (The Moon Cannot be Stolen) to Keith Jarrett‘s superb insights and meaty verse (Identity Mix-Up), but none was more enjoyable for me than…

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In Conversation with Nathan Jones

- with James Webster – Nathan Jones is co-curator of Torque, a literature/performance/technology hybrid who are holding an event Friday 6 June (tonight!) at the Rich Mix (more info here). His previous project, Electric Voice Phenomena, was an experimental literature and new media project, exploring contemporary approaches to sound, voice, technology and writing that was…