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SAY OWT SCRATCH CLUB (FEBRUARY) 25th February York explore Library (Marriott Room) 12.30-3.30 Our monthly Scratch Club is a chance to get constructive and supportive feedback. Bring a poem and to try out for some advice from other poets and the Say Owt Team. Anyone welcome of any experience, whether you're just getting into writing and performing or looking for some new skills. Totally free, with free biscuits!
SAY OWT WOMEN: PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP 3rd March 2018 York Explore Library (Marriott Room) 2-5pm £5 A performance poetry workshop. Writing exercises, discussion & sharing in a supportive women-only, trans-inclusive (including non-binary), safe space. A fun and friendly session for all levels to guide you through creating & performing your own performance poetry. Expect writing exercises, theatre games & lots of fun with useful, positive feedback. Led by experienced workshop facilitator, theatre-maker & multi-slam winning poet Hannah Davies, Associate Artist at Say Owt. Event will be on ground floor (step free access); disabled toilets available. Lift to toilets; also disabled toilet on ground floor, accessible via staff. Part of York International Women's Festival
ROB AUTON: THE HAIR SHOW 9th March 2018 The Crescent, 8 The Crescent, York YO24 1AW 7.30 £10, tickets available here A show for anyone who has, or has had, hair and hairs. Award winning stand-up comedian and poet Rob Auton (The Russel Howard Hour, Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe award winner, Glastonbury 2014’s ‘Poet In Residence’) returns with another heart-felt and offbeat comedy/theatre/spoken word show that explores hair and hairs. Rob casts an introspective eye over the world of hair, underpinned by leaving his head hair and beard to their own devices until he has performed The Hair Show for the final time. Join Rob as he explores the importance of appearance and how people react to someone who looks like he has checked out. 'A genuine original' The Guardian. Co-production with Burning Duck Comedy Club. The space we use is on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible.
GECKO All Saint's Church, North Street, Yo1 6JD 22nd March 2018 7.30 £7 The venue is Bring Your Own Bottle but please respect the space Armed only with a simple acoustic guitar, Gecko manages to weave clever stories, playful lyrics and upbeat songs into a cheekily charming smile-inducing set. From iPhones to Pandas, the Tooth Fairy to Libraries, Gecko deals with the big questions in little ways. From front rooms to Glastonbury, Gecko has supported the likes of Ed Sheeran, Billy Bragg, John Hegly and Josie Long and his debut album, Volcano, is out now. https://geckoband.bandcamp.com/album/volcano "It made me instantly happy when I heard it"- Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1 "I think he's quite brilliant"- Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music Support comes from Say Owt Slam Champion Katie Greenbrown. In 2017 Katie received Best Performing Artist award at the York Culture Awards. For this special gig, Katie will be backed by a band, combining music with her well-crafted poetry and stories.
YORK ANTI-SLAM #3 City Screen Basement 1st April 2018 7.30 £7 In a normal poetry slam, the best poet wins. Poets use their wit and words to wow the audience. However in an Anti-Slam, the worst poet wins. We don't just mean standard half-hearted boring poetry. We mean the soppiest, slushiest love poetry that would make your date vomit We mean radical revolutionary poetry that would make you want to get a job as a banker Cringe at poems crammed with silly stanzas, pathetic puns and idiotic imagery and mournful metaphors (and atrocious alliteration). Poetry that transcends quality, becoming genius! It's totally unique and totally guaranteed to make you howl with laughter. Come cheer (boo?) on the winner (loser?)
SAY OWT PRESENTS: THE BOOMERANG CLUB OPEN MIC Dusk, New Street, YO1 8RA 5th April 2018 7.30 Free entry London has it's fair share of stellar poetry nights, but Boomerang Club has carved out it's corner on the spoken word circuit. Loud, proud and raucous, Boomerang Club have ruled the roost of West London. Now Tyrone Jones and Jake Wild Hall will be bringing their infectious energy up to York for a superb spoken word open mic which will shake the dust from Dusk! Boomer-oomer-oomerang!
SAY OWT PRESENTS: WORKING TITLE OPEN MIC Dusk, New Street, YO1 8RA 3rd May 2018 7.30 Free entry Big Charlie Hart is one of the sweetest, loveliest and beardiest poets in the scene. He's cultivated a lovely community over in Lancaster and will running a special open mic at Dusk. Warm, accessible and exactly the refreshing evening we need to remind us of the power of words and sharing spaces. Poetry, spoken word and story-telling all welcome!
HANNAH SILVA: TALK IN A BIT City Screen Basement 15th May 2018 7.30 £7 Say Owt once again teams up with Apples and Snakes for a unique unmissable show. Hannah Silva is a poet, director, play-wright and spoken word artist. She's joined forced with internationally renowned Swiss musician and percussionist Julian Sartorius, Swiss cellist Zeno Gabaglio and Italian electronics composer Luca Xelius Martegani. Hannah's poetry semantic tapestries are transformed by electronics and virtuosic percussion. A truly original sound, experimental yet accessible: a marriage of music and words, atmospheres and grooves, technology and grit. Supports to be announced.