How do we express our spleen? Whose business do we stick our noses into? When did we start wearing our hearts on our sleeves, and why are we up to our elbows in heels and bums? BBC R4 Slam Champion Ben Mellor takes you on a stand-up poetry and music fuelled tour around the body, attempting to get the measure of modern life through anatomical analogy. With sounds, beats, beeps and whistles by Dan Steele.
Anthropoetry is inspired by anthropometry, the study of measuring the human body. Informed by archaic quack medicine and hokey beliefs, combined with searingly topical social and political commentary and some personal body and soul searching, Ben presents a set of brand new spoken word poems and stories that get to the heart, or the bottom, of modern life. Presented with Ben’s trademark mix of free-verse poetry, rap, beatbox and a healthy dose of satirical humour, the text is underscored live by Dan’s use of guitar, keys, drumpad and live-looping technology.
The show was premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012 as part of PBH’s Free Fringe. It received four 4* reviews, including The Scotsman and Broadway Baby, excellent audience feedback, and was featured on Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe.
‘Elegantly crafted rhymes… always engaging’
**** (The Scotsman)
A fine body of verse… vitally affirms poetry as a spoken medium… a joy to listen to.
**** (Broadway Baby)
‘Slick poetry set to music, and a particularly impressive political and lyrical bent’
**** (Sabotage Reviews)
‘A talent and attitude that makes him one of the most intriguing spoken word artists out there…
Mellor and Steele provide a formidable double act… the synergy between poet and musician is key’
**** (The Flaneur)
The show will receive its Australian premiere at Fringe World, Perth in Jan/Feb 2013, before going on the Adelaide Fringe in Feb/March. The piece will be touring the UK in Spring, Summer and Autumn 2013. For details please see gigs listing. For booking enquiries, please drop us a line through our contact page.