Monday, 14 May
Mild-mannered English teacher Mark Grist became a worldwide internet sensation when his rap battle against seventeen-year-old grime MC Blizzard got two million hits on YouTube. But how did this peculiar event and the ensuing media cluster whoops occur? Mark Grist is a word geek. The journey that this obsession inspired is weirder than Marilyn Manson in tweed flip-flops. One man’s story about the importance of being passionate, and the surprising benefits of being able to recite the alphabet backwards.
Wednesday, 6 June
Alan Clayson – In the wake of the long-awaited new edition of his Jacques Brel biography, Clayson Sings Chanson is an enthralling presentation whose origins lie in 1999’s acclaimed Ne Me Quitte Pas: A Celebration Of Jacques Brel, an all-star album on which Alan Clayson’s contributions were highlights.
Monday, 14 May
BRIGHTON FRINGE BEST SHOW award winner
Praise for Tim Clare:
“without question, one of the most enjoyable hours I have ever spent” ***** Three Weeks
“thoughtful, original and humane, one of the best Fringe shows I’ve seen in ages” ***** Fringe Guru
“the most compelling solo performance on the Fringe” ***** What’s On Stage
Wednesday, 2 May
Standing at over six feet tall, and with a voice that some said could be heard across the channel, Clara Butt was an imposing figure.
The 45-minute performance includes music by Elgar and Saint-Saens and imagined conversations with Dame Clara’s contemporaries and an opportunity for the audience to join in with her ‘smash hits’, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.
Alexandra Denman, who sings and directs with Bristol Opera and regularly presents the Evening Post Christmas Concert at the Colston Hall, will be taking the lead role.
She will be accompanied by pianist John Bowen and actor Ian Bouncer, who plays a number of characters including Queen Victoria and composer Edward Elgar.
An exhibition about the contralto will also be on show.
Wednesday, 4 April
A QUICK SHOUT AT THE WORLD
An evening of desperate interior monologues, short fictions of dubious taste and the odd jolly story for those who want to be entertained. If you’re fainthearted, easily upset, or weak in any way, do come along.
Trevor Coombs graduated from the University of Bristol Diploma in Creative Writing with distinction. Since 2003, he has been writing historical novels with commercially suicidal literary aspirations – that’s what the rejection letters say. Between the novelistic solitude and stultifying graft of getting 100,000 words in the right order, he writes antidotal short pieces as a way to feel human again, and shout quickly at the world.
Joel Kirby combines a classical English folk style with the chanson tradition and occasionally the melody is tinged with 60s psychedelia. Kirby’s stage presence is sometimes awkward so it comes as a surprise when he delivers a set of beautiful guitar work to accompany his bitter-sweet songs.
There’s a mournful air to his work, yet the poetry of the music and lyrics is uplifting. An evening with Joel Kirby is an intimate affair, we share his melancholy, we rage with him against injustice, we chuckle knowingly at his dark humour and we leave having experienced something fragile and beautiful.
Word of Mouth and Bristol Old Vic
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Bristol Old Vic
Box Office: 0117 987 7877There are fine lines between genius and insanity, and the following performers wrote most of them. This March we offer you a gibbering gaggle of leftfield lyricists. Guaranteed to locate your funny bone, baffle it with words and then feed it to an Ocelot that doesn’t exist.
Even The Doctor is a fan:
“If the devil has all the best poems as well as tunes then Nathan Filer must have signed a Faustian pact.” David Tennant
AF Harrold – Acclaimed poet, author and compassionate penguin. You’ll probably want to live in his beard. Well you CAN’T, I’ve got first dibs.
Rob Auton – Oddball genius, spoken word icon and co-host of ‘Bang Said the Gun’ (Widely regarded as one of the greatest stand up poetry nights on the planet).
He is happy “like a dolphin on a T-shirt when it gets put in the wash”
He is sad “Like an ice sculpture of Morrisey praying for the sun to come out.”
Catch his poem ‘Footballers Life for Me’ on channel 4, 22Feb at 23.45 or on 4oD thereafter.
EAT OUR MIRTH! (Let’s bring mirth back, we need more mirth.)
Word of Mouth
To the Pub and Beyond
8.00 pm, Wednesday 7 March
Emma writes dark short stories, post-apocalyptic novels and records audio books in all genres. Her debut short-story collection From Dark Places was published in 2011 and she’s celebrating the recent publication of 20 Years Later, her debut post-apocalyptic novel for young adults. Emma recently secured funding to write a new five-book urban fantasy series called the Split Worlds and is releasing a short story every week set there. Her hobbies include making Steampunk costumes and playing RPGs.
Angie Belcher is stand-up, poet, actor and writer. Fresh from her touring show “Not a Natural Girl” – her highly confessional and frank take on modern singledom – she can be found on stage around the South West dishing dirty stanzas and awkward observations. An accomplished comedy actor and writer, she has performed and written for stage, screen and radio with her energetic style. Her live work has been described as fruity and not for the feint hearted..
Word of Mouth at BOV
8.00 pm, Monday 13 February
Bristol Old Vic
Box Office: 0117 987 7877
Two crack teams of highly skilled word warriors will be pitting their similes against each other to find out whether love is a beautiful bond that gloriously unites our disparate souls or just a biological imperative conning us into spewing rug-rats and buying over priced greetings cards. WHO WILL WIN? You decide.
The lovers: Ben Mellor, Jodi Ann Bickley, John Seagrave, Rachel Rose Reid
The cynics: Byron Vincent, Anna Freeman, Adam Kammerling, Vanessa Kisuule