REVIEW 29 OCTOBER
PERFORMANCE POETRY AT THE ASTOR
The poet Adrian Mitchell said: “Most people don’t like poetry because most poetry doesn’t like most people.” Not the case this evening! Four poets from the London circuit performed their work with exuberance, wit and drama, presenting a rich mixture of voices and themes shared with an appreciative audience.
Patric Cunnane read with passion about the Palestinian peace activist Rachel Corrie, told wry, funny verses about strangers on planes, and hilariously became reconciled with his comic book hero from the Dandy, Black Bob.
Zolan Quobble writes about what it is to feel alive. His verse was full of rhythms, about childhood, freedom, shamanism and people who die in prisons. A hypnotic and moving performance.
PR Murry gave us sad, funny and mysterious poems and songs about lobsters, eagles, launderettes and one about Tooting mutating, with extraordinary and blisteringly funny consequences.
Emile Sercombe presented surreal dramas, with an exploding potato, a royal Roman worm, a French werewolf and the ultimate folding bicycle. A breathtaking performance of absurd panache.
The first ever evening of performance poetry at the Astor. There is talk of the troupe returning in 2012. Can’t wait!
Compered by Berni Cunnane Compere without Compare
Zolan Quobble first set
PRMurry first set
Patric Cunnane first set
Emile Sercombe first set
PRMurry second set
Patric Cunnane second set
Zolan Quobble second set
Emile Sercombe second set