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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 From poems about the Queen in panto, absurdist logical conclusions derived from outdated t-shirt slogans to pigeons, Broccan has a sharp focus on the comedic gravitas, with a delivery and talent for subverting the forms of what is expected akin to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/

Phil Jupitus is Porky The Poet: Living in a World Where They Throw Ducks At The Bread

Phil Jupitus is Porky The Poet: Living in a World Where They Throw Ducks At the Bread
15:00 The Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68) 14-12, 14-26th Aug
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’m pretty sure Phil Jupitus is made of solid charisma and loveliness. A man who is never afraid to point at the reviewer in the room. He approaches his poetry with passion and zeal, lacing them together with fantastic anacdoates and asides. At every available opportunity he is warm and friendly, even making sure everyone is comfortable which is unusual at the fringe. He’s clearly there to enjoy performing as much as the audience are there to enjoy his work.
Jupitus shows an extraordinary flare and talent for the written word and, speaking as poets & writers who run their own spoken word night, to see him perform it is a thing of beauty.
The audience is in stitches in one minute and listening contented & completely enveloped in the next.

The techniques on display within his pieces are so well executed and the skillful changes of pace and tone make his performance accessible and highly enjoyable even to those who would not class themselves as ‘a poetry audience’.

This is an absolute must but do get there early, really early because this show fills up fast and it’s clear once you see it why that is.
It’ll mak your fringe.

David Lee Morgan – The River Was a God: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

David Lee Morgan presents an hour of spoken word, a fantastic blend of poetry and soundscapes with a deeply atmospheric feel for the Americana – from the very beginning David’s performance has the ambience of an open-top car-ride against a burnt orange sunset.

This is an hour of poetry about bringing power to the powerless. These are poems about evolution and revolution, beautifully constructed for a balance of depth of imagery and pace of narrative, each one matched with music that adds new layers and sweeps the audience away with David as he explores these themes.

David is a very engaging performer, taking the time to put his messages across both with the poetry itself and in the spaces between. He has a great charm that makes this hard-hitting and risk-taking poetry a safe space in which reflection can take place.

David also performed excerpts from his other show, The Other Side of The Flood, the last performance of which is on 22nd August, at Banshee Labyrinth at 1620. For a great blend of of spoken word, soundscaping and musical theatre, both shows cannot be missed.

Written by Christopher Moriarty

David Lee Morgan – The River Was a God

Banshee Labyrinth, 1620

Part of PBH Free Fringe

4th – 26th August (except Wednesdays)

Horror – Gothic Tales and Dark Poetry

Horror – Gothic Tales and Dark Poetry
14:00 @ Banshee Labyrinth (Venue 156) Aug 4-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-26th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is a beautifully performed collection of prose and poetry from some of the best horror writers ever to have put pen to paper. It contains a selection of classics but also highlights some pieces that the audience may not have come across before. Not only that but it is wonderful to hear a duel language show with some pieces performed in German and some in English. This adds texture and such depth to an already superb show making it so easy to lose yourself in it.

Isabel Schmier has a powerful stage presence which is at once subtle and commanding. Schmier is a born storyteller with expert poise and obvious passion enriching the experience. The phrase ‘breathing new life’ springs to mind when watching this performance.

If horror and spoken word if your thing, this is 100% the show for you. Go see it and escape in to the endlessly tempting world of horror and darkness. Seeing this show in the Banshee Labyrinth is an added treat which makes it totally unmissable and an absolute pleasure to watch.

The Selkie, A Song of Many Waters by Fay Roberts

The Selkie, A Song of Many Waters by Fay Roberts
12:30pm @ 52 Canoes (Venue 366) 4-7th, 9-15th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the most beautifully descriptive show of the fringe. Fantastically performed, gently, powerful and at the same time poignant and completely enchanting, this show is not to be missed.
The show is perfectly written to suit the voice of the poet and the proof of this lies with the audience who are completely immersed in the world Fay Roberts has created.
The Selkie is a show that is impossible not to fall in love with.

The tale is told so vividly, the listener can almost see the colours and feel the textures of the narrative. This is a performance of many subtle layers which brings to life the stunning words written by this natural storyteller.

At times the story is woven is such a way that it’s almost hard to believe that it’s told in the same language in which you’re listening. I can guarantee you’ve never heard anything like this.

The passion behind the performance adds to the sheer escapism and the audience is very eager to hear more. Personally, I could listen to this for hours and still want more.
This is a tale of heartache, self discovery, identity and making your own way in a turbulent world. Full of twists and turns, the tale almost mimics the waters which form the essence of this piece.

Don’t miss this. You’ll regret it bitterly if you do because you will have missed out on something absolutely breathtaking, sublime and truly amazing.

Jah-Mir Early – Be Spoken: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

This is not a traditional poetry show. This is a poetry show that is deep in the moment, created in the moment, leaving the audience on the edge of their seat as no-one in the room knows which direction each poem will take next.

Jah-Mir Early is a poet of extraordinary ability. He is able to write about important topics such as cultural identity, heritage and the loss of identity in society with a depth of imagery and clarity of purpose that is enviable.

This particular performance ended before the scheduled finish. The raw nature of the show had clearly taken its toll on Jah-Mir. If writing and sharing poetry is like holding up a mirror to your soul and then laying it bare for the audience, then Early’s style of extemporaneous poetry is also like opening a vein and letting every part of you flow out. It was a thrilling and engrossing performance, with every night promising to be different, original and something worth being part of.

Jah-Mir Early – Be Spoken

The Banshee Labyrinth, 1730.

Part of PBH Free Fringe 

6th – 26th August (except Tuesdays)

Captain ‘The Butcher’ Reality – Bunbury Review

Captain ‘The Butcher’ Reality – 15:00 @ The 3 Broomsticks – (Venue 398) Aug 4-13, 15-25th
PBH’s Free Fringe

 Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is explosive from the start, bursting with energy and full of good natured fun. it is an entirely emersive show with excellent audience participation which not only adds to the show in general but puts all at ease. Packed with charm, it really is very cleverly written, capturing the room early on and holding the onlookers, captivated. Occasionally flirting with slightly naughty humour, the fabulous, bold writing paired with the character of ‘Captain  The Butcher’ Reality truly shows the talent on offer here.
It certainly is one of the most unique ways of presenting poetry we at Bunbury Magazine have seen.
This playful show hits that magic midway point where both the kids and adults are laughing at the same joke but at different things. Did we mention? This show, in our opinion is definitely appropriate for kids of about 7 upwards. It’s one of the many excellent

There is a reason  this charmingly cheeky  show has 5 stars off Bunbury and you have to go see it to find out why. If you don’t you’ll be doing yourself a disservice.

Episode 3: Death Appeared, There Was No Door


Roll up! Roll up, for episode 3 of The Bunbury Speaks Podcast.

This time we interviewed the most excellent Rosa Wright and covered a lot.
First and foremost, we spoke about Rosa’s debut one woman show called ‘The Love Calculator’. The link to the event is here:

Tickets are available here, just click on the picture:

It’s so worth going to see because it’s brilliant. You can read our  5 star review of the show here:

To check out more of the wonderful Rosa is and has been involved in in the past, check out her website:

Speaking of other cool things Rosa does, in the podcast we talk to her about an album she released last year so here’s the link to that too!

We also spoke about the wonderful work Rosa does for the Stroke Association charity. If you or someone you care about has been affected by Stroke, here’s the link to this wonderful organisation:

And finally, the Post Apocalyptic Book Group that Rosa is involved in which sounds excellent:

As always the music was by the brilliant Midlane, click on his face below for more!

It was produced by Keri Moriarty for the internet.

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All that said, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

Happy listening,

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Rosa Wright: The Love Calculator

Bunbury Reviews
Rosa Wright: The Love Calculator

Bunbury  Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

As the audience took their seats, Rosa Wright, already sat on stage, playing a gentle, melody on a Ukulele. As soon as everyone  was comfortable, the show began and immediately Wright held the room in the palm of her hand demonstrating a superb ability to think on her feet during the excellent audience participation which is neither awkward nor embarrassing for the audience members.
In this beautifully written, honest and touching show poetry, comedy and song are blended perfectly lending further to the unafraid theme threading through the show.
Each piece has its own personality and is both written and performed with different voices masterfully. Some of them deal with fairly sensitive issues, Wright however has a superb ability to maintain the ‘safe space’ feel. The wonderfully crafted songs are both relaxing to listen to as well as brilliantly funny.

This is a must see show and is not to be missed.

Buy tickets below, Just Click on the poster.



The Bunbury Speaks Podcast Episode 2


Here we are again on our own…

Only we’re not on our own are we lovely listeners, because you’re here.

This time we bring you an interview so electric even the weather joined in!  we has a thunder storm right the way through most of it and editor Keri loved every minute of it.
In this episode we discuss education, Shakespeare, trouser rippage, running, pies, chicken nuggets and the answer to the most important question on the Bunbury team’s mind and one that has burned through the ages;
What Paul’s zombie apocalypse plan is.
All this and more!

Below you’ll find all of the links we talked about in the show.

You can see Paul’s work and get in touch with him via Facebook at
We really do advise that you check him out. He’s a lovely guy and his poetry books are well worth investing in.

Speaking of which, here’s a link to his shop http://thedramastudio.org.uk/shop/ on his website, http://thedramastudio.org.uk/#
There are loads of things to discover so do visit and take a gander and keep up to date with his blog!

One of the things we talk about is a wonderful coincidence which not only went viral but made it to the paper.
Read more here because it’s a brilliant story.

Finally, as mentioned above, we spoke about Paul’s passion for running. He runs for charity a lot and has a just giving page. His next run is for the cancer charity Macmillan. Please give what you can. It will be much appreciated by us an him.

As always the music was by the brilliant Midlane, click on his face below for more!
It was produced by Keri Moriarty for the internet.

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Thank you.

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