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Skip Rap – Carriageworks, Leeds

Writer & Lyrics: Alan 'Cool' Clay Music: Andy Brooks aka Testament Director: Iain Bloomfield Reviewer: Rich Jevons Skip Rap is the debut solo show for Alan 'Cool' Clay, following some 20 years touring nationally and internationally with Mind the Gap, the leading UK company for artists with learning disabilities. The title of the production refers to on stage junk from ...

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The Unsung – The Roundhouse, London

Writer: Genevieve Carver Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Unsung stands before its audience wearing two equally impressive hats. On one hand, it’s a globe-trotting, heartbreaking eulogy for musicians who lived and died in varying degrees of obscurity. And on the other, it’s a joyful celebration of music as an undying beacon of hope and inspiration. Poet Genevieve Carver and her three-piece ...

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Ode to Leeds – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Zodwa Nyoni Director: James Brining Reviewer: Rich Jevons At first, upon entering the auditorium, it could be easy to feel disappointed by the five microphones arranged neatly in a line. Not so, the stage is set for five poets, ready for their turn under the spotlight in the poetry slam. As the show progresses it becomes much more of ...

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An Evening With An Immigrant – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer: Inua Ellams Reviewer:  Daljinder Johal It's hard to tell whether Inua Ellams uses his voice or his hands the most evocatively to weave images of his “idyllic” childhood in Nigeria, displacement between Dublin and London, immigration struggles and profound familial love. Born to a Muslim father and Christian mother in a part of Nigeria that is now considered to be ...

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Pen:Chant – Home, Manchester

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Pen:Chant is a neo-variety night, an alt-cabaret, an indefinable shambolic mix of artforms in one evening. Pen:Chant occurs throughout the year in fringe venues across Manchester as a platform for known and unknown artists in various artforms; spoken word, poetry, live music, comedy and anything else that has slipped between the cracks. In a special PUSH 2017 ...

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Egil – Bike Shed, Exeter

Writer: Peter Oswald Director: Howard Gayton Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest Warrior, berserker, grieving father, carouser, irascible old man, inspired poet;  these are roles that Egil Skallagrimsson, Viking poet of Iceland, played throughout his life, and, in portraying Egil, as well as narrating his story, writer/actor Peter Oswald inhabits them all. The performance contains three episodes in Egil's life and each shows ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Harry Baker

Harry Baker

Venue: Poetry Arena Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   Harry Baker, Poetry Slam Champion of the World. One imagines there’s a fair amount of pressure contained in that epithet, but Baker doesn’t show it if there is. In each of his twenty-minute sets in Latitude’s poetry tent, he exudes an easy-going, endearing casualness as he spews his short, sharp, and charmingly sweet ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper

Venue: Poetry Tent Reviewer: Andy Moseley   This 20-minute set starts very well but sadly goes downhill from there. Daniel Piper is billed as a comedy poet and storyteller who walks a tightrope of euphoria and embarrassment. His opening poem, telling the story of the one month he spent as a vegetarian, and how much he came to deeply dislike ...

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