Wednesday, October 24, 2012
7:30pm - 18+
109 Oldham St
BBC R4 Slam Champion Ben Mellor will be performing his Edinburgh Fringe 2012 show, Anthropoetry in Manchester on the 23rd & 24th of October. Created in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist and sound designer Dan Steele, Anthropoetry is Ben’s first full-length spoken word/musical show. It is a humorous, musical, poetic journey around the human anatomy, attempting to get to the heart, or maybe the bottom, of modern life.
After receiving a clutch of four-star reviews, an appearance at Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe, and some great audience responses, Ben and Dan have decided to give the show a Manchester airing, to try out some new pieces and get the show filmed and recorded before touring nationally and internationally next year. It will be returning to a Manchester theatre in 2013, but this is your chance to see it while it’s cheap, and if the recordings are any good, maybe featuring on the CD/DVD!
Anthropoetry was inspired by anthropometry, the study of measuring the human body, and is informed by archaic quack medicine and hokey beliefs, combined with searingly topical social and political commentary and some personal body and soul searching. The show fuses Ben’s blend of free-verse poetry, rap, beatbox and satirical humour, with Dan’s subtle but emphatic use of guitar, keys, drumpads and live-looping technology.
The result is a fresh, funny, moving and thought-provoking experience that will appeal to fans of music, comedy, theatre and, of course, poetry – particularly those who didn’t think they liked it to begin with.
Anthropoetry will be at Gullivers, Oldham St for two nights only: 23rd & 24th October, at 7.30pm (for an 8pm start).
Press quotes from Edinburgh:
‘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)