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Fringe Spoken Word

Fringe 2022: Luke Wright, ‘The Remains of Logan Dankworth’ Review

I wasn’t sure what to expect from poet Luke Wright; I had never seen poetry performed live before. I wasn’t sure if I’d need to click my fingers or sit in silence, but what followed in the next hour, sat inside the small yet intimate venue of Pleasance Above, can only be described as the […]

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Festival Fringe Spoken Word Theatre

Fringe 2022: Alice Hawkins Review

Using a combination of original source material and personal anecdotes, Peter Barratt is able to encapsulate a packed room of people of all different ages, genders and walks of life, in a passionate account of his great-grandmother’s remarkable life story.  Alice Hawkins left school at thirteen and went to work in a Staffordshire boot factory, […]

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Culture Theatre

BOY’S KHAYA Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Bawren Tavaziva’s BOY’S KHAYA invites you to travel through time and space through the synthesis of the performers’ bodies. The show moves through themes of connection and separation, the performers dancing in patterns of alternating urgency and controlled calm. It invites you into an intimate space of tension at the boundary of time. The […]

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Culture Literature

Poetry Centre Stage: travelling time and space through verse

Last week saw Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, StAnza, go virtual. The yearly festival, usually based in St Andrews, adapted itself to suit our world today, adopting a ‘Pay As You Can’ system for the majority of its digitised events. As well as the increased ease of attending, most events were recorded, bringing a new facet […]

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Fringe Spoken Word Variety

Neither Here Nor There

Neither Here Nor There, created and hosted by artists Jo Fong and Sonia Hughes, is simple, beautiful, and wholly unexpected. In some ways, it is exactly what the Fringe should be, while simultaneously its antithesis.  Initially, the hosts take the prospective audience around the venue, introducing themselves before heading inside. There is no stage, just […]

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Comedy Fringe Spoken Word Theatre

‘Equal measures of fun and profundity’: Superstar review

Nicola Wren displays exactly how to avoid seeking stardom through having a famous family member whilst simultaneously relying on that fact completely. Despite preaching about the importance of forging your own path in life when faced with a famous family member, Nicola Wren cannot but help write a show based entirely on her family. Her whole life […]

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Music

More is less on Sun Kil Moon’s latest blunder

Mark Kozelek is many things: prolific, tactless, at times ignorant. What Kozelek is not is subtle. Kozelek’s career has had something of a renaissance since 2014’s seminal album Benji, released under his Sun Kil Moon moniker, and alongside this resurgence has come a renewed ‘tell not show’ approach to songwriting. In Kozelek’s recent output, both […]

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Culture Literature

Broken Hearts

Poetry Circus fill the Bongo Club (an interesting yet not poor choice in venue for a spoken word night) with a sea of cabaret costumes: sequins, lipstick, coloured hair and stiletto heel glamour. As the audience takes their seats and the show begins, a soaring love song accompanies our opening film, a short tour through […]