Tag Archives: Spoken Word

Phil Nichol: Your Wronger

Phil Nichol: Your Wronger
21:00 Monkey Barrel (Venue 515) Aug  2nd-26th
Heroes @ Monkey Barrel

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Even before some audience members had taken their seats, Phil Nichol makes it clear what kind of show this is going to be. In a warm and friendly manner, bouncing with energy, Nichol greets pretty much every audience member making sure they’re happy and comfortable. This already sets the show apart from others. From early on in the performance it is clear that Nichol is a born story teller, using highly descriptive language to paint hilarious and at times, poignant pictures in the eye of the beholder.
The audience is taken on a journey which is not only beautifully but passionately told and with masterful timing and pace.

Full of peculiar peeks and troughs, the show is a reflection of some of the most ridiculous, sometimes cringe worthy and occasionally outright bizarre situations that life has thrown at him. On the other hand, it is entirely relatable in that side splitting, head shaking way that, in parts of the show makes you think, I know exactly what you mean.

Nichol is the definition of charm and charisma with razor sharp wit and stage presence. This show has a definite feeling of the triumphant about it, packed with positive messages that leave you feeling really good.

Go to this show. It’s impossible not to absolutely love every second of it.

Jimmy Hogg – A Brief History of Petty Crime: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

Jimmy Hogg presents the story of how being a juvenile delinquent in Plymouth lead to him being in an horrific accident. From the very beginning, this is an engrossing and engaging story. Jimmy has a sharp and vivid for for beautiful detail, bringing this story to life with rich imagery coupled with mime and acting.

There is a wonderful rhythm to this story, carried by two simultaneously travelling narratives – the story of the climactic car crash and the criminal escapades he was involved in with his best friend, from a hostel in which he found himself living. Jimmy knows exactly how to use silence and the negative space around the words of the story to punch home the morals and lessons that bubble underneath the narrative.

This is an expertly and well-researched show that moves through the gears at a rate that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Jimmy is also not afraid of cutting away from the story to engage with the audience on a personal level, filling in spaces and giving us a glimpse behind the curtain.

This is a show that needs to be seen, that will not fail to leave you with lessons that you can carry to the rest of your life.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Jimmy Hogg – A Brief History of Petty Crime

The Banshee Labyrinth, 1930. Part of PBH Free Fringe

4th – 26th August (except Mondays)

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)

Chella Quint: Adventures in Menstruating

Bunbury Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Chella Quint’s ‘Adventures in Menstruating’ is a brave and ambitious venture into the taboo that is menstruation, and how we stop the destructive influence its having on women and girls alike.

The show draws on Quint’s experiences as a teacher. Alarmed by the lack of menstrual education in schools, she embarked upon research into where the miseducation has come from that has left adolescents so clueless about periods – thus, ‘Adventures in Menstruating’ was born.

From the off, she knows how to break boundaries. She uses audience interaction to break down barriers and draw people out of their comfort zones, before getting into the gory details. It’s a daring but effective move – even the handful of men looking unsure of what they’ve got themselves into are in stitches in minutes. Though approaching an uncomfortable topic, Quint’s the tendency towards sharp pun or timely punchline is impeccable.

The show is a manifestation of Quint’s mission to normalise periods, and it achieves just that. As a performer, she is instantly charming, shameless, sometimes silly and always warm and affable.

’Adventures in Menstruating’ explores some of the misconceptions around the monthly affliction, and explores the sources of the contrived shame surrounding period that Quint seeks to dismantle. Her research pays off; even the most seasoned menstruated will more than likely take something from this informative presentation. Never a dull moment, the show is a unexpected and refreshing experience.

‘Adventures in Menstruating’ will be running at 22:10 on Friday 10th August at The Banshee Labyrinth and Saturday 11th August at 15:00 in Central Library.

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:
https://gulliversnq.info/events/the-love-calculator/

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:
https://bunburymagazine.com/2018/07/06/rosa-wright-the-love-calculator/

To check out more of the wonderful Rosa is and has been involved in in the past, check out her website:
www.rosawright.co.uk

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!
https://open.spotify.com/album/35sQyTJUkmFWFmQCo8d8WJ

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:
www.stroke.org.uk

And finally, the Post Apocalyptic Book Group that Rosa is involved in which sounds excellent:
 https://www.meetup.com/The-Post-Apocalyptic-Book-Club-Northwest/

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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All that said, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

Happy listening,

Much love,
Team Bunbury

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
https://m.facebook.com/teacherwriterPJ/
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.
http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/16235274.Ramsbottom_dad_s_SATS_poem_goes_viral/

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.
https://www.justgiving.com/PJonthego

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.

Liked this podcast? Want to help Bunbury carry on bringing you wonderful entertainment? Please hit the donate link below and give what you can. We love what we do and hope you love it too.
Thank you.

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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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Thanksloveyoubye!

Attila the Stockbroker – Undaunted

Bunbury Magazine –  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I sometimes find it hard to write a review of a spoken word show, especially a review of one by someone as talented and wordly-gifted as Attila – mostly because I get so drawn into the performance and the poems (and a little because I get very envious of the talent.)

 

It is with a heady mix of the two that I sit to write this review of Undaunted, the Stockbroker’s Edinburgh show in the iconic Bannerman’s. There could not have been a more perfect venue for this punkiest and rockiest of punk-rock poets. This was a quintessential spoken word set – with poems ranging from the political, the NHS, Trump, Grenfell to the deeply personal, of of which was interspersed with laughs, hard-hitting truths and an honesty which drew the audience in. Attila knows exactly how to work a crowd’s emotions, crafting a set and a flow of poems that twists and turns, leaving the audience in pieces afterwards.

 

All of that is not to mention the words themselves. I could try and be poetic here, describing the man’s talent in a manner befitting the man himself but I doubt I could do him justice so I will leave it with 3 sentences and 3 words: Attila. Is. Phenomenal.

Attila the Stockbroker – Undaunted.

Part of the PBH Free Fringe.

Bannerman’s.

1715.

Until 25th.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Suky Goodfellow: Political Acid Trip

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Bunbury Magazine: ⭐⭐⭐

I always appreciate it when ground rules are laid out at the start of a thing, whether that’s laying out the rules for a class or, in this case, a show. It allows everyone involved to relax and enjoy the ride, make the most of the trip.

Suky Goodfellow laid out the ground rules for her political acid trip in a confident manner, making sure everyone in the audience felt they were in a space in which they could enjoy this show to its utmost.The show itself was a well-written choose-your-own adventure show. The linking narrative was full of absurdism in its imagery, guiding the audience through a colourful world full of choices. Each choice leads to a poem; poems which deal with a spectrum of topics, from politics to swearing, love-lives to drinking, unemployment to steam-punk feminists.

 

The adventure narrative weaves nicely through the world Suky creates, its cartoon-eque style creating good juxtaposition with the more grounded reality of the poems themselves. All in all, the show was full of a wonder and charm that drew the audience into the world Suky has created.

Suky Goodfellow: Political Acid Trip.

Part of PBH Free Fringe

Black Market.

2030.

Run now finished.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.