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Broccan Tyzack-Carlin – Don’t Bother: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Don’t Bother may seem like a strange title for a show, the first full show a performer is undertaking, almost as if Broccan is challenging the audience not to come. For those that may have fallen at the first hurdle, or done as they are told, what they missed was an hour of comedic poetry, or poetic comedy, delivered by a performer who may be at the start of his career but was at the top of his game.

I have seen Broccan perform many times, as an open-micer and headliner, at various poetry nights in the Manchester area. Each time, he has presented poetry totally different to the political, personal, nostalgia-driven – not to say phenomenal – norm. From poems about the Queen in panto, absurdist logical conclusions derived from outdated t-shirt slogans to pigeons, Broccan has a sharp focus on the comedic gravitas, with a delivery and talent for subverting the forms of what is expected akin to Stewart Lee. And normally I detest describing one performer in terms of another but there is no way I can convey what was experienced in that room at the King’s Arms in Salford that night.

It was a delight to see Broccan stitch everything I had seen previously together into a narrative. In reality, Broccan’s call to ‘Don’t Bother’ is in the face of trying to find an overarching narrative, a series of interconnected themes that weave through the set. I have sat with tables, Venn diagrams, pundits in search of a narrative. There is one there, but I’m sure as hell not going to give it away in this review.

This is a set that has been wonderfully constructed, the introduction of each poem being very clearly defined and well-performed, building and subverting the expectations of what is to come. This is not your typical poetry, and I will bang that drum til the cows have got up for work the next day. The set is interspersed with sections about human endeavour, in the context of Neil Armstrong, this narrative building beautifully to its own, and the show’s, denouement.

As much as I can talk about the excellent wordsmithery, the intelligence of the writing, the variation of moods and atmospheres blended seamlessly together through the entire hour, honestly, my favourite part was the fact Broccan wore the same outfit for performing as he wore on the poster. As some of you may know, I have seen and reviewed literally hundreds of shows of all types in the last five years, and that is the first time I have seen that.

Ignore the title of the show, Do Bother. And buy the man a pint after the show, unless he’s doing Dry January, in which case buy him two.

Broccan Tyzack-Carlin – Don’t Bother

King’s Arms, Salford – 24/11/18

Another performance at LEAF, Portland Street, Manchester

18/01/19, 1930

For info and tickets, https://www.facebook.com/events/973503269505477/

Just Write Speaks 2018!

There is literally no way to be modest about this. Everybody absolutely CRUSHED IT!
The night started with people pouring through the glass and wooden revolving door of The Old White Lion, Bury. Before we knew it we were faced with over 40 people, expectant and excited for some spoken word of the highest calibre and they were not disappointed.
We began with our first group of  open mic slots which were filled by the following wonderful people:

Paul Jenkins,
Mike Bedigan,
Benjamin Guilfoyle,
Sharon Lowe
and
Fiona Nuttall

Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait. Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait.

Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait. Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait.

Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait.

There was as always, a wonderfully eclectic display of pieces from all which set the tone for the evening and also sent the audience wild with anticipation for the first of our headliners, the extremely talented Bróccán Tyzack-Carlin.

Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait.

A natural showman, his set was energetic, tenderly written and exceptionally funny with topics ranging from Royal Panto to Pigeons and much more. The entire room erupted with laughter and applause.
He also promises to defiantly come back and perform with us again in the not too distant future. This makes us very happy bunnies indeed.

After that stunning performance, we took a break to prepare for more greatness in the second half which opened with the completely wonderful Danny Murphy which, in his own words, just really likes poems and boy does he write excellence.

Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait.

With humour and jolliness in every word, his set simply burst with cheekiness and fabulously penned pieces with each poem leaving the audience wanting more and he obliged.
The fantastic news is that he’s coming back too at some point in the future! Superb or what?!

To finish, we had another set of open mic performers, starting with a touch of ‘Sit Down’ comedy from Matthew Hadfield. All of the performers we had were incredible. And who were these legends? I hear you cry. They were the following, I reply:

Matthew Hadfield,
Pete Slater
Zoe Jackson,
Greg Nowell
&
George Melling,

Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait.

Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait.

Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait.

Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait.

 

 

 

 

Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait.

We had a truly wonderful night and we wish you could have been there.

Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait.

Geoff Bunbury Moriarty's portrait.

The next event is on the 27th. Our headliners are Fiona Nuttall and Benjamin Guifoyle and they will be awesomely amazing so see you there?
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Rosie Fleeshman – Narcissist In The Mirror. Review

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Bunbury Magazine: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is filled with excellent full belly laugh humour and a sense of mischief from the off. Rosie works the crowd so well and has the audience hanging off her every word.
There is a sort of, poised chaos to the performance which intensifies the further in we get but it is shot through with warmth.
The use of silence is just as effective and needed as Fleeshman’s spoken word which itself incorporates surprising language usage which trips off her tongue effortlessly.
The piece encompasses what spoken word should be about.
It is brave, charged with emotion and inspiring and is topped off with a very unique voice that suits the tone and writing down to the ground. Close your eyes and you can hear her facial expressions and feel every word.
Narcissist In The Mirror leaves you wanting more and is one of the most beautiful ways to spend time with what I would class as a perfect ending.
If you haven’t seen it, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

 

Do The Write Thing Halloween edition.

Rain tore down the well built defences of waterproof jackets and umbrellas while a welcoming, warm light burned in Bar Ten.  A large bowl of sweets sat invitingly on a table and a pumpkin glowed on stage, a raven carved into its face.
20151027_203924The evening started with open mic slots, the first of which took the form of a dialogue written and performed by Alan Rick with Fiona Nuttall taking the second roll. It is the first time we have had a more theatrical piece and it was great to see something different.

Next up was Michael Bainbridge who has a short, sweet and wonderfully penned offering and you know how much 20151027_204355we love seeing a new face.

Another new face performing but regular audience member Helen Bainbridge gave us a heartfelt and emotive pieces to enjoy.

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After the first lot of open mic performers we had the first of our headliners for the evening, Dr. Sam Illingworth.
Dr Mr Sam is a physicist who lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also a poet. He delighted us with poe20151027_204927ms on birds, fish, the void and many other topics. Sam writes about and researches the crossover poetry and science, to put it in a nutshell and if you get the opportunity, go see him. You will not be disappointed.

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After the break we had our second headliner, Mr Chris Bainbridge who is always a pleasure to have at our evenings. His pieces are inspirational at some points, thought provoking at others and downright hilarious too. He truly is a gifted poet and again, if you get a chance to 20151027_214746see him, do so.

 

The second, smaller duo of open mic performers started with a comedic piece from Matt Panesh who portrayed a character by the name of Roger Cumsnatch who is just as jaw-dr20151027_215919opping as the name implies. It was very refreshing to have another first at Do The Write Thing.

The second slot saw the return of the highly talented Fiona Nuttall who is always a pleasure to hear and has previously been a headliner. Fiona has a style all ofWP_20151027_024 her own and captivates the audience with ease and a great degree of skill.

Finally, we saw the début headliner performance of Lorraine Beckett-Murray, who delivers great impact from page to performance. We were treated to tales of cannibalism and long lost loves spanning centuries. A regular at our writing group, Do The Write Thing and landlady of Bar Ten, it is wonderful to see someone so passionate really take the reins.

At the end of the night, Keri presented the headliners with her own canvases. The pictures of which, are below. We hope you’ve enjoyed this write up and urge you to come to the next event. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates about the next event.
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