The Nottingham Comedy Festival surrounds up, but through the fog of potential shows, Pub Poetry is a beacon of spoken word fun.
A fun, free and informal night of light hearted and downright comic spoken word and poetry in a pub. Without beer, literature is nothing. Bring your favourite amusing poems, stories or songs, whether they are yours or someone else’s. It’s a celebration of funny words to brighten a Monday. All jolly good fun. See you there, and bring a friend. There’s no need to book a slot in advance, but if you’d like to contact me beforehand, feel free to contact Nick.
Starts at 8pm with periods of reading, drinking and writing limericks. There will be poetry books lying around, so if the urge takes you…
This week’s jam: Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing
This week’s jam is brought to you by: Parky
A couple of weeks ago I went to the marvellous Broadway Cinema to see a film called The Tribe. Set in modern-day Ukraine, this highly original film followed the fortunes of a group of deaf children at a boarding school. While the film itself was almost unwatchably bleak in places (there was a backstreet abortion scene that is the grimmest thing you’ll ever see on screen) its USP was that there was no dialogue whatsoever during its 132 minute running time. No subtitles, no speaking and no musical score.
What this meant was that for over two hours I had to focus intently on what was going on in order to make some sense of the narrative. And, on the whole, I was able to follow the story even though I don’t understand Ukrainian sign language.
It’s not easy to tell a story with no words, but it is possible. So, on Thursday, we’ll have a bash at telling some tales without speaking. From short, silent exercises to scenes that will be inspired by a random playlist of music, we’ll have a bash at trying to tell some stories without talking. And then, if we have time, we’ll do some standard open scenes with music rather than a word as inspiration.
Thursday 18th June 2015
7.30pm – 9.30pm The Corner 8 Stoney St Hockley NG1 1LH £3
This week’s jam: Mime And Relative Dimensions In Space (MARDIS)
This week’s jam is run by: Ben
This week we’ll be looking at all things physical, specifically using our physicality to drive scenes rather than words. We’re going to do scenes where you can’t move, scenes where you can’t stop moving and everything in between. The plan is to help you become aware of your physicality by deprivation and overload. We’ll also be looking at object work and mime – and how they add a level of reality to the scene.