This Thursday coming, the 3rd March, is the next installment of Pen:Chant at Contact theatre – featuring the triumphant triumvirate of legendary beatboxer and vocal sculptor Jason Singh, UK Anti-Slam and BBC National Slam Champion 2015 Scott Tyrell, and indefatigably prolific author of erotic fiction, including the ‘best-selling’ Sticky Digits, Pamela DeMenthe! It will of course, be an absolute corker, with a typically high-quality open mic section and the usual arsing about from me, but as it happens to be World Book Day on the 3rd as well, we thought we’d chuck in some celebrations of a book-related nature as well. So we are asking anyone coming along to bring a book they’d like to give away and in the interval we will host a book-swap stall. We’ll also be putting on a raffle to raise money for Book Aid International, featuring prizes from local bookshops and other assorted goodies. Most exciting of all we are giving away two tickets for the show to the person who writes the best fictional review of one of Pamela DeMenthe’s incredible portfolio of erotic novels – featuring titles such as Moist January, Scared Stiff and Panties Inferno! You can find a list of Pamela’s prolific output on her website or Facebook page. Reviews can be of any length, up to a maximum of 200 words, and sent to penchantevents[at]gmail[dot]com by 5pm on Wed 2nd March. If you’re not the lucky winner you can of course buy tickets for the night from Contact, though [...]
At long last, having performed at two Edinburgh Fringes and a two month schlep around Australia, we are bringing Anthropoetry to the fair cities of the UK (well, England). This will be the last ever outing of this show as it’s really time we got on and made a new one, so do catch it if you can as it’s your last chance, and you wouldn’t want to miss out now, would you?
Shaggy Doggerel is the new show from ‘award-winning’ duo, Mellor & Steele (aka me and Dan). We will be premiering the show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, as part of PBH’s Free Fringe, at Fingers Piano Bar, 61A Frederick St. More details will be available shortly from my gigs page, but basically it’s on every day (except Mondays) at 5.30pm – 6.30pm, from 3rd – 24th August. This is the blurb: Superman and Lois do battle with a uterine super-villain; Peter discovers there’s more to the wolf than the stories tell; a philandering footballer suffers the grisly consequences of seducing a team of WAGs… Combining spoken word, comedy, music, storytelling and hip-hop, award-winning duo Mellor & Steele spin deliciously dark yarns both familiar and strange. You’ll bark with laughter and take paws for thought. Acclaim for previous show, Anthropoetry: **** The Scotsman **** Broadway Baby **** Sabotage **** Flaneur Fringe Weekly Award Winner, Adelaide; Performance Award runner-up, Fringeworld, Perth More details, extracts of the show, tour dates etc. to follow (once we’ve actually written it).
The studio version of Anthropoetry is now available to buy from my Shop page. The recording comprises all the poems and music from the show, with shortened links to tie it all together and put the pieces in some sort of context. The CD just comes in a basic cardboard sleeve with track listing printed on the CD as well as the sleeve. It includes a free MP3 download of the album too. It’s a fiver. Download-wise you can download the whole thing for £4, or individual tracks for 50p (the links are free). Track 8, Beat ‘n’ Trachea is also free.
I’m doing this next week. Please come, it’ll be really good.
Apparently it’s bad form on blogs, newsletters etc to apologise for how long it is since you last sent out a missive to your adoring public, as this would imply that you were egotistical enough to assume you had any sort of public at all, let alone a public stupid enough to adore someone who uses words like ‘missive’. So I won’t even mention how long it’s been since my last post, let alone apologise for it, and just get on with writing about what I’ve got coming up. Phrased & Confused This weekend I and my fellow Geddes Loom band mates, Léonie Higgins and Dan Steele, will be performing a new music and spoken word commission at Summer Sundae Weekender in Leicester, brought to you by the lovely people at Phrased & Confused. The piece is themed on protest, and we’ve tried to imagine what Poetry and Music would protest about if they were characters, with what I hope are quite amusing results. I’ll also be performing in a Gil Scott Heron tribute slot and Geddes Loom will be performing a set of our other material on the Rising Stage on the Sunday. If you’re not around in Leicester we’ll be performing the protest piece at Interrogate Festival in Dartington on 23rd Sept, and at Contact, Manchester on 23rd Nov. A Game Of Consequence Over the last couple of months I’ve been busy working with Contact’s Young Actor’s Company on A Game of Consequence – a new piece of [...]
Well, not quite, but after much faffing about with couriers, jiffy bags and a new set of kitchen scales that look misleadingly like an iPad, I have now officially set up shop. My book and CD are available in various combinations (book, CD, book & CD) at my bandcamp page. I’m very happy with both, and think they represent fairly good value for money, even though I am still quite uncomfortable with the whole exchanging poetry for cash thing. If we lived in a world where people were happy to exchange food (and clothing, shelter, inner tubes and macbooks) for left-leaning, self-righteous doggerel performed by bearded thirty year-olds then I wouldn’t have to suffer that discomfort, but we don’t. And maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Anyway, I hope a) you’re richer than me and can afford frivolous things like books and CDs and b) you decide to part with some of your hard-earneds to receive the fruits of my faffing and c) if you answered yes to a) & b) that you enjoy it/them and share your enjoyment with me and the rest of the world. Meanwhile I’d better get on with writing some new poems while I sit and wait for the orders to flood in… Or not.
I’m turning 30 on friday. I’m not best pleased about it. So I thought I’d throw a big party to detract attention from the fact. And raise some money for charidy at the same time so I don’t feel quite as vain. Or at least just as vain but slightly more useful. So, A Nasty Mash will be a mash-up of spoken word, comedy, live music, MCs and DJs featuring: Eric Kleptone www.kleptones.com Thick Richard Pen-ultimate www.pen-ultimate.net Leonie Higgins Ajah www.myspace.com/ajahuk Stevie Mac & This Is Robstep http://www.faze2agency.com/ And more… All hosted by rising star of Ch4 comedy and compere of Sabotage, London – Mark Talbot! Taking place at: Bassment, 1 Primrose St, Ancoats, M4 6AQ 8pm – 3am Fri 17th Dec This is a private party, which means it’s free to get in, but I’ll be shaking people down at some point for donations to Amnesty International. Entirely optional of course. Just because it’s private though, doesn’t mean you can’t invite your mates to come with you. As long as they’re not knobs. But then, you’re not a knob, so why would you be mates with one?
It’s been a while since I posted anything on here, as I’ve been rushing around being all busy and forgetting to put new stuff up on here. We’ve been re-mounting and touring A Night On The Tiles with Pen-ultimate, I’ve been putting together my debut poetry collection and spoken word album, and also writing some new material in preparation for a short residency at Dartington Arts/Schumacher College next week. The new piece is (working) titled Climate Myths and is a series of character monologues which are all based on interpretations of myths that relate to our understanding of climate change, peak oil etc. Originally I had planned to write them in quite a spoken word/poetry style, but they’ve actually been coming out in a more naturalistic dramatic style, which is an interesting direction to be going in, if a different and difficult discipline. It probably would have been good to mention all this on here, but when I’m in the thick of things I tend to get a bit preoccupied getting the actual stuff done, rather than writing blog posts about it. I also think that the work is more interesting than what I’ve got to say about it, so I try not to post on here unless I have some actual work to post, in text, audio or video format. But as the audio’s been taking longer than I anticipated and the writing’s been happening slowly and isn’t really in a very reader friendly format I haven’t felt like [...]
I’m writing this from Unit Studios in Letchworth where I’m putting what are hopefully the finishing touches to my first spoken word CD, Light Made Solid, which will accompany my first published collection of the same title. It’s taking a bit longer than I’d expected as we’re making original music and soundscapes for each poem and I’m reliant on finding time to come down south when my friend and producer, Adam Menczykowski (Mench) is about. He tours the world engineering monitors for a band called Phoenix the rest of the time so it’s a bit tricky. I’m also working with Dan Steele, my technician/designer for Voices of Dissent, who is also stupidly talented and busy and is in London designing sound for a theatre production at the moment. Anyway, best to take the time in getting it right I suppose, it just means the launch is going to be put back a bit. When we know the date and venue I will announce it from the rooftops though, so don’t fret. Of course I’ve been pretty busy myself this summer, with gigs at Sunrise, Secret Garden Party and Shambala Festivals, as well as two dates in Wales with The Absurd. We also had our first official gig outside of Manchester with Pen-ultimate’s street theatre adaptation of A Night On The Tiles, imaginatively titled A Day On The Tiles, at Stockton International Riverside Festival. Then of course there was the Edinburgh Fringe, where I was performing in a show called Three [...]