Straight Out the Box @ POP Brixton
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Pop Brixton (map)
49 Brixton Station Road
London, UK SW9 8PQ
Boasting an exceptional line-up of artists from poets to musicians, writers to DJs, Straight Out The Box offers up a fresh series of new events set in Brixton's pioneering space, Pop Brixton.
Whether you're a music fan, spoken word enthusiast, or simply out to seek a new creative experience, Straight Out The Box is guaranteed to surprise and satisfy even the most eclectic of tastes. Curated by Run Dem Crew founder, DJ, and poet, Charlie Dark, and musician, dub-poet, and writer, Roger Robinson.
This month's Straight Out The Box will feature:
Jan Blake: she's engaging, deeply emotional and at times outright hilarious.
John Berkavitch: he has taken the bar, lifted it, twisted it and bent it out of shape.
Piers Faccini: combining tradition and innovation as he drifts across genres.
Host: poet, emcee, and theatre maker, Simon Mole
Resident DJ: Mr Trouble
Age guidance 16+
Tickets: £8 (adv) | £5 concs | £10 (on door)
More info: applesandsnakes.org/StraightOutTheBox
Chill Pill @ the Albany (Afrovibes special)
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Deptford, London, UK SE8 4AG
South London’s coolest spoken word night goes global with a very special line-up of international and UK artists, including Toni Stuart, one of South Africa’s finest published and performing poets, plus even more open mic slots up for grabs.
This event will join Thursday’s ‘Chill Pill Plus…’ for a Township Café mash-up
Age Guidance: 16+
Afrovibes Festival, bringing some of the very best of South African arts to the UK and the Netherlands, makes a welcome return to the UK and the Albany this autumn.
In 2014, the festival's biggest-ever programme celebrates 20 years of South African freedom: 20 years since the ending of apartheid and the beginning of democracy. The creativity of award-winning artists brings us music, drama, dance, photography and film, reflecting upon what it is to be part of 21st century South Africa. By turns it'll be thought-provoking, energetic, sad, fascinating, wonderful. With free events, family workshops and themed food served in the atmospheric Township Cafe, drop by, hang out and belong - you'll believe that you really are thousands of miles from home!
£1 TICKET OFFER: Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Ticket buyers will be able to buy two tickets per performance for up to three shows in the season.
If booking online, in order to receive the discount on the tickets, you must have a profile set up with the Albany and be logged in. The discount on your purchase will ONLY be shown if you are logged in as you click through to check out. We are updating the website regularly with availability of £1 Tickets.
A 21st Century Tea Dance @ the Albany
Monday, March 17, 2014
Deptford, London, UK SE8 4AG
Meet Me at the Albany joins forces with Entelechy's Tea Dance team to conjure up an afternoon of dance, tea, cake, music and gentle delights for all ages.
Carers and under 5's go free, but require a ticket. Please call our Box Office on 020 8692 4446 to book.
Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ Southbank Centre
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
London, UK SE1 8XX
Simon Mole's ground-breaking one man show is a spoken word adventure that takes place over the evening meal.
Every family dinner needs a hero. Mike is twenty-three years old but still asks 'what would Indy do?' at times of crisis, and it's crunch time when we meet him at a busy train station on his way to his Mum's.
His crumbling love-life is colliding with his heroic fantasy world and the consequences move from hilarious to heart-breaking. Join our hero round the table for his toughest adventure yet, meeting his mum's new boyfriend.
The show is touring nationally as a residency project throughout 2013. This eye-catching collaboration with critically acclaimed site-specific theatre director Peader Kirk takes spoken word performance in an exciting new direction, with Simon's brilliantly crafted poetic story at the core of a full evening of immersive entertainment.
And you get dinner!
Strictly Speaking @ The Spring, Havant
Thursday, October 3, 2013
The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre
56 East Street
Havant, Hampshire , UK PO9 1BS
Apples and Snakes in partnership with The Spring
A national poetry day celebration of performance poetry by some of the brightest young stars of the live lit scene. A hand-picked selection of poets who will stir you, startle you, spark shivers in your spine and leave you speechless.
With performances from:
Simon Mole - Simon Mole is the poet from the pub, that rapper from the beach, the friendly guy with the big eyes who told that story. His infectious enthusiasm for seeing and re-seeing the world around him is an open invitation for you to do the same. Some stuff he says is mad funny, everybody gets it, plus he speaks from the heart, and his love for the craft of writing is there for all to see.
Indigo Williams - Indigo commands the stage with gripping presence and powerful poetry. She has performed across the UK and Europe and at events such as: The Big Chill festival, iTunes Festival, Camp Bestival, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Bespoken Word’, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Festival Hall and many more.
Paul Cree - Paul has the ability to make you feel like it was you who discovered him, like he was speaking to only you when everyone else started clapping, bloody latecomers. An amazing storyteller, with turns-of-phrase to die for and an effortless rhyming flow.” Joshua Idehen, Poejazzi
Megan Beech - Dubbed by the Poetry Society as ‘by far the strongest female freestyler we have ever had the infinite pleasure to witness’, in 2011 Megan won both the Poetry Society’s national youth slam competition, SLAMbassadors, and the Poetry Rivals UK under 18 slam.
In association with Havant Literary Festival
When: Thursday 3rd October, 7.30pm
Where: The Spring Arts & Heritage, 56 East Street, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1BS
Tickets: £6 / £5.40 open mic
info: www.applesandsnakes.org / www.thespring.co.uk
Booking: 023 9247 2700 www.thespring.co.uk/events/strictly-speaking
This is the first in a mini-series of posts to introduce you to the incredible poets I’ve managed to persuade to grace the stage at the (FREE) launch event for my role as the Brent Poet Laureate, which is taking place on Friday June 21st. First up, Mr. ‘two of my solo shows sold out their runs at The National’ himself – Inua Ellams!
I first saw Inua performing in a library in Acton back in about 2007 when I didn’t even really know what spoken word was. It was another few years before the emphasis in my creative life shifted from hip hop to poetry and story-telling, but I always remember that funny little event as a turning point when I realised that poetry could speak to me so strongly through live performance.
This video is of Inua performing his basketball inspired poem ‘leather comets’, which is a favourite of mine.
Inua’s poetry is great to read on the page too, and his pamphlets ‘Candy Caoted Unicorns And Converse All Stars’ and ‘The Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ are available from Flipped Eye.
Chill Pill @ The Albany
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Deptford, London, UK SE8 4AG
Chill Pill - South London’s coolest spoken word night.
Our poets have been plucked straight from the field and frozen within three hours to provide you with only the freshest spoken word.
Headliners David J and Ross Sutherland
Plus rising talent on the Open Mic.
Hammer & Tongue Hackney
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Victoria (map)
451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, Hackney,
London,, United Kingdom E8 3AS
Live Spoken Word from Hollie McNish, Simon Mole and Michael J Parker, plus the open mic slam. Hosted by Sam Berkson and Raymond Antrobus
Hollie McNish: Former UK Slam Poetry Champion, creator of books and albums, featured on Radio 4, BBC 2, Southbank Centre etc. "I can't take my ears off her" - Benjamin Zephaniah
Simon Mole: Poet whose words were formed in battle rapping and hiphop open-mics, whose vision was expanded through the composition of theatre and critically acclaimed one-man shows. "the poet from the pub, that rapper from the beach, the friendly guy with the big eyes who told that story"
Mchael Parker: Brighton based, Midlands-raised poet. Big performer and poetic explorer.
Slam: Sign up on the night, 1st come, 1st served, judged by your peers, 3.5minutes. no props. no music. Winners go thorugh to Regional Final for a chance to win a place in a National Slam
Deptford market it an amazing place with an authentically local feel about it that is too often missing at more trendy boutique style markets. This is a real place for real people. Also, you can get anything you want. Anything. And almost always at a wildly reasonable price. One stallholder told me he had been working there for 32 years and the man’s patter was so on point I could believe he was three decades deep in the game.
“if you can’t see what you’re looking for, just ask. I’m looking for your money, and so far I can’t see it”
A recent addition to the market has been young marketers, trainee traders if you like, supported by a council development programme. On the Saturday we were there (9th December) the young traders were housed in a little market on the square. As part of the overall aim of the project to bring more people to the market (crucially in a way that supports what is already there) Chill Pill were invited to collaborate with site specific theatre director Peader Kirk in order to provide some Christmas entertainment. We thought that the best way to do this would be to fit in with the existing market, and see what happened if we tried to run a stall ourselves! As you can see it was decorated ‘tastefully’, although we did have a few people enquiring after the trees rather than our poems…
On arrival we got chatting to the young traders; about their wares, what inspired them to get started, their creative processes, business so far etc – The four of us chill pill poets (me, Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, and Adam Kammerling) then wrote little ‘instant’ poems about each stall-holder individually, before belting these out with a few of our own pieces over the PA. The marketers were really happy to have their stalls written about and promoted in this unusual way, as for young newcomers vocally attracting custom can be a daunting thing to go about.
Apart from these sporadic performances over the PA (at which we also read some of our favourite ‘seasonal’ poems by other authors) we also tried to bring a bit of poetry to those stall holders and bargain hunters who weren’t naturally passing our way. Our strategy was two fold:
- Wandering with ‘the poetry stocking’, from which people could pull titles of Christmas poems, which we would then read to them. Check out Adam doing his thing below. These guys offered us a quid when we were done. Despite us reading them a pretty bleak (although brilliant) poem called ‘snow’ by Vladimir Holan
- Chatting to stallholders and punters, and asking for their own Christmas moments or memories, or alternatively their wishes for themselves or others for this years festivities. We noted these contributions down on Christmas labels and hung them from our trees, before Ray compiled a beautiful little crowd sourced Christmas poem from the results.
The final service we offered was an idea I pinched from Poetry Takeaway which I saw at Latitiude – where people could come up and ask to have a poem written for them, about anything they wanted – again the turn around for these was mega quick but this video of Adam reading his to the young woman who requested is evidence of what can be achieved in five minutes!
All in all it was a cracking day, and definitely considering trying to get a plot for another stall in the future! Below you will find the text for my pieces for the marketers… Enjoy!
A battered leather suitcase
Full of old jeans, but
Everything is in here
Un-pick and re-stitch
Zips, hems, pockets
Make ties, bags, wallets
Make anything you want
Made to order, man’s on it.
Dr. Denim, if you’re passing the stall
Pop your head in, certified swag
What d’you reckon?!
Niamh went from jewellery to jam.
24 carat cake jam.
sticky fingers in the workshop,
berry red splatters on the worktop
roasted red pepper and peach,
each deep flavour worked on and brought through…
Compliment your cheese with a chutney,
have it with a brie or a cheese that’s more crumbly
Perfect for a feed if you’re hungry
Deep in the fridge late night with the munchies
Yeah that’s a brand that you’ve seen and heard
And so it may seem absurd,
but you’re much better off with one of Niamh’s preserves!