Archive | Arts RSS feed for this section

Now with music! The Sad Machines by Before Victoria

20 Apr

drawing of a robot falling over. The text reads 'Before Victoria. The Sad Machines'I’m on an album! The Sad Machines is an electro concept album all on the theme of depression. It has spoken word tracks which pack even more or a punch with a backing of synthy music which swings between hypnotic, heartbeaking and the kind of badass where you need a long coat billowing in the wind and a choreographed fight scene.

Before Victoria is the musical side-project of the infinitely huggable Marc Burrows, better known as one quarter of steampunk anarchists The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.

My track is I Called You Captain. It’s a poem I wrote a few years ago about when a relationship/friendship/houseshare is falling apart and the scales start to fall from your eyes. I always thought it was one of my strongest pieces, but also too depressing to slam and I never felt like I’d quite found a home for it before. All of which is to say: it’s an absolute fucking delight to see it so much richer with the musical backing – let alone to be among such awesome company. Continue reading

Confidence Tricks – Video

1 Oct

Confidence Tricks is touring the UK October & November 2016.

LOGO BIRD FIVE (1)This tour is possible thanks a grant from the Spirit of the Rainbow Heron Project,  a trust set up in memory of Dora Rachel Franks Daniel. You can read more about Dora’s life here and more about the trust here

04/10/2016 London, Hackney Attic 
07/10/2016 Norwich, Take 5 
10/10/2016 Cambridge, Frank Lee building 
11/10/2016 Brighton, Komedia 
13/10/2016 London, Dagenham, The PAD
20/10/2016 Glasgow, The Project Cafe 
21/10/2016 Edinburgh, Banshee Labyrinth 
25/10/2016 London, Hammersmith, The Rutland Arms 
17/11/2016 London, Walthamstow, Ye Olde Rose & Crown
26/11/2016 Sheffield Hallam Uni 

 

Confidence Tricks Tour Poster

11 Sep

Dates and links to Facebook events, Eventbrite, etc all below, but the poster is here:

Confidence Tricks POSTER_8 copy.jpg

07/10/2016 Norwich, Take 5
10/10/2016 Cambridge, Frank Lee building
11/10/2016 Brighton, Komedia
13/10/2016 London, The PAD, Dagenham
20/10/2016 Glasgow, The Project Cafe
21/10/2016 Edinburgh, Banshee Labyrinth
25/10/2016 London, Hammersmith
26/11/2016 Sheffield Hallam Uni 

Edinburgh Fringe Appearances 2016

8 Aug

P1050272.JPGI’ve been asked a few times about if I’m doing the Fringe this year. I will be up at the Fringe for 2 weeks (13th-29th) but I won’t have my own show this time.*

I’ll be doing some guest spots – dates below – as well as various slams and open mics. If you’d like to book a 5-star reviewed poet for a guest slot – just get in touch: Hannah (dot) Chutzpah (at) gmail (dot) com.  In the meantime: hope to catch you at one (or plural!) of these awesome shows:

* I don’t have a solo show this year because:

  1. I didn’t have a good enough idea to build a new show around. As the Fringe programme deadline approached I kept racking my brains, but I just didn’t have that one awesome idea I’d be excited about creating an hour of material for, so I decided not to force it. My next solo show will come when it’s good & ready to be epic.
  2. I have a tour in October – taking a re-worked version of my show Asking Nicely – now renamed Confidence Tricks – around the UK. (More on this to be announced very soon.) This is a huge piece of work, and New Fringe Show + Tour + Day Job would’ve frankly been a recipe for an anxiety attack.

Necrokitty Comic Sans – video

14 Feb

Dear pet crematorium
Can you please talk me through
The four poems you gave me
Three apparently written by my dead cat
Two of them addressing me as ‘mum’-?

Filmed at Write Angle poetry night, Sheffield. You can read the poem here, or watch it on YouTube here.  

Tetris – filmed at Queersay

24 Jan

Filmed in April last year at the Tate Modern, courtesy of Queersay, Apples and Snakes and Out in South London.

New Shit! Open Mic Documentary

18 Jan

The wonderful Tyrone Lewis – Roundhouse Slam Champion, photographer, video editor and all-round lovely chap – has made a documentary about the London open mic scene and you should totally watch it. 

Trailer:

Whole documentary: