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Peter Michael Marino – Show Up.

 

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

The first and most important thing to say about Show Up, Peter Michael Marino’s  latest one-man show, is that it is not written by nor is it about Peter Michael Marino. This show, as made clear on the flyer, is about the ‘shite life’ of the audience. This is a show that is completely new and fresh every day, written off the back of suggestions from the audience. Because of this, the show is brand new every day.

 

It would take a brave performer indeed to improvise an entire hour every day on their own. It would take an incredibly funny and intelligent performer to be able to do this. Luckily, Peter Michael Marino is a performer of great intelligence, wit and enough energy to light up the entirety of The Counting House (I think. I’m not an electrician but that seems about right).

 

The first half of the show is that set up for the improvisation. Peter has eight post-it notes with categories written on them such as ‘Family’, ‘Addiction’ and ‘Childhood’. He takes suggestions from the audience based on these categories, segueing into his own tales then back to the people in the room. This helps draw the crowd in on an immediately personal level.  All of these suggestions build towards the second-half, which is a traditional ‘one-man show’, which perfectly parodies the melo-drama of the form. The inclusive feel in the room is extended when he choose audience members to direct the play and the sound-scaping.

 

Peter is a deeply engaging performer who always leaves the crowd with a message. This will be the same message I will leave you with here. Just Show Up. You will never see this show again, and you don’t want to miss out!

 

Peter Michael Marino – Show Up.

Part of The Free Festival.

The Counting House.

1530.

Until 27th August.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Steve Whiteley – Wisebowm: The Struggle is Real

 

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Wisebowm is an urban poet whose struggle is real – the struggle with being the country’s leading urban poet. The struggle with working the nine to five. The struggle with trying to impress the right woman and please his friends and family. This is a musical about struggle.

 

Steve Whiteley has created a deeply likeable character in Wisebowm, a crackling parody of the faux ‘urban kid rap poet’, with pretensions of being ‘gangsta’ yet actually being achingly middle-class. Steve has perfectly identified the attitude and intricacies of these characters and presented them in a fresh way, via an engaging premise. I have seen many parodies of this type of character before, but have never seen it so well done.

 

The premise is a musical based around Wisebowm’s last year, and the struggles he has faced. Steve Whiteley uses the poems and music weaved together exceptionally within the narrative, and his performance absolutely fills the room. There is no ignoring Wisebowm when he is in full flow. The production of the music is also stand-out – the music and SFX all timed to comedic perfection.

 

I never like to make comparisons of one thing to another in these reviews but the narrative of The Struggle is Real, the music and poetry put me in mind of The Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come For Free (a personal note to Mr. Whiteley – I really apologise if this is off the mark of your intentions for the show. That really is one of my favourite albums and you have done a stellar job of parodying it!) Go and see Wisebowm while he is still tearing up the Edinburgh streets with his rhymes. You’ll be his next biggest fan!

Steve Whiteley – Wisebowm: The Struggle is Real

Part of the PBH Free Fringe.

Opium.

1345.

Until 26th.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Marjolein Robertson – Relations

 

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

As the title of the show would suggest, this is an hour of comedy about relationships brought by Marjolein Robertson from the Shetlands to Edinburgh. From the first moments, with Marjolein comparing her relationship with her Dutch Mother to Brexit, it is clear that she has a natural talent for bringing large-scale issues down to a very personal level, and also amplifying the personal in a great way.

 

Marjolein has a great stage presence, immediately bringing the audience into her world in a warm and engaging manner. Even when the types of relationships talked about are a little [rude], the crowd is never made to feel uneasy – Marjolein can take the ultra-personal and the sometimes dark and use her intelligences, emotional and comedic, to craft a set full of laughs.

 

All of this and we are treated to a glimpse of how the BBC series Shetland really should have been written! This is a show that has got something for everyone.

Our Last Few Weeks

It has been a busy few weeks here at Bunbury Magazine HQ. Where to begin?!

Last month saw the Manchester Literary Festival. We headed into town and had the pleasure of catching Faber New Poets 10 at the Manchester Central Library. Each year, Faber pick a handful of promising poets and give them tutelage from established writers to help hone their craft. They each put together a collection and then tour the country presenting their stuff. The highlight for us this year was a man called Will Burns.  His poetry had a touching reality to it that really drew us in. You can catch up with him here – http://www.willburns.co.uk/.

We also caught The Other Room at The Castle Hotel in Manchester. The Other Room is an event which presents experimental poetry from around the world. Our highlight at this event on the 18th October was a German poet call Ulli Freer. When he first walked onto stage he reached into a rucksack and turned on a small tape-player which filled the room with tribal chanting. He started his first poem to this chanting. Once this had finished, he wrapped his arms in bandages and launched into an epic, 15 minute poem, from memory, which was relentless, deep assault on the sense, and so wonderful. His voice carried through from the stage and beyond. If you ever get the chance to see this man – and he says he only performs about 4 times a year, we urge you to get there!

The week ended with a huge opportunity for us – a guest spot on Fab International Radio‘s literary show, Page Turner‘, hosted by the wonderful Anna Percy and fantastically assisted by Pete Ford. On the show, we talked about censorship in publishing, in special relation to the book being released by MLA about his abuse as a child. With this light-hearted start, we moved on to each present a short story of our own and some pieces that have inspired us. We had plenty of good conversation and laughs about Douglas Adams, George Orwell and ended with the tale of The Giraffe in the Flat who couldn’t claim benefits. The show will be up on-line soon for you all to catch up at www.fabradiointernational.com.

A couple of weeks later, we hosted our latest event for the writing group we run, Do The Write Thing. And it was a Hallowe’en special. A true fright fest it was! Our regulars all spooked us with their offerings and we were incredibly fortunate to have the fantastic Gemma Lees as our head-liner. Gemma Also runs her own night called Once More With Meaning at the Met Bar in Bury. Check here for details.

So that’s about it. Busy busy busy but no rest for the wicked. We’re now looking forward to the next issue of Bunbury Magazine. The theme for this issue is The Unexplained. Here are our T&C’s for submission. If you want to get involved or even just drop us a line, our email address is bunburymagazine@gmail.com

Take care, dear Bunburyists!

The legends were true, Issue 5 is here.

bunbury mythology

Yes it is here. Ladies and gentlemen we are proud to present issue 5 of Bunbury Magazine the Mythology special. Today’s issue features stories, poems and articles by the following wonderful talents; Amanda Madison, Rhea Philips, Amyus Bale, Ceri Thomas, Catherine Graham, Jacqueline Sheppard, Dave Shannon, Larry Lefkowitz, Pietro Massaro, David Mcvey, Emma Whitney, Jenny Leigh, Natalie Dibsdale, Charles Bane, Andrew Kirby and the continuation of Kurt Jarram’s “Yum Yum.”

There’s also an interview with Stephen James who runs the Spoken Word Showcase in The Crescent Pub in Salford and a selection of the performers at this event including Rosa Wright, Chris Jam, Laura Parrott, Zach Roddis, Intoxikie and Genevieve Walsh.

The next Spoken Word Showcase is July 17th so if you’re in the area get down there.

That’s all for now, the next issues theme will be memory so get your submissions sent to bunburymagazine@gmail.com if you don’t want to be forgotten.