Spoken word theatre has arrived to light a fire in the Big Smoke

Melissa Ridge and Melanie O’ Donovan explore the still-developing form of spoken word theatre in Dublin through the lens of last year’s most fruitful and synergetic pairing; FeliSpeaks and Dagogo Hart. 

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Lewis Kenny is done with poetry. For good

It’s a special kind of gut punch, when the scene loses one of its guiding hands. It enters in an indiscriminate stab and twists viscerally, pricking a bit more every time you remember yet another vital structure, built with care by someone who was committed to moving the scene forward, now abandoned. Lewis Kenny has built a lot of structures.

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Melanie O'Donovan
Shane Koyczan: a master marionette of emotion and metaphor

Spoken word is a fluid genre that combines elements of poetry and storytelling wrapped up in sincere and thought-provoking topics spun from real life experiences, and there isn’t a more natural storyteller than Koyczan, a master at spinning hurt and heartache into poetic gold.

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Anna Jordan on Modwordsfest

“It all started with an open mic”, says Anna Jordan founder of Modwords. Like so many spoken word events before have originated, in the back of a bar. Based in Waterford, Modwords has run for three years now and has increased in size with each year.

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Line-Up for Sunshine Tantrum Tour 2019 Announced

In collaboration with collectives WeAreGriot, Modwords, and Angry Mom Collective this spoken word national tour will produce four shows in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, and Galway. There will be opportunities in Waterford, Cork, and Galway to perform in an Open-Mic segment. Details and line-up below! 

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On its first anniversary, Open Michelle is more vital than ever

“The word “wholesome” is bandied about too much, but this night can’t be described as anything else. Throughout the evening MC and organiser Heather Hodges welcomes each comedian to the stage and makes sure to plug the next dates they’re performing. It’s a simple gesture, but one that asserts Open Michelle as a funnel through which to filter the best comedic talent in the city, to hold up some of the funniest people, and the whole affair was strikingly lovely”

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The Arts Council needs to recognise that Spoken Word is an artform they should embrace

The spoken word community in Ireland is a budding network of event facilitators, festival curators, writers and performers. Speaking generally, it is no secret that there is little money to be made in spoken word and this is not so surprising when you learn there is slim to none financial backing to begin with.

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The Sunshine Tantrum Tour: A Nationwide Spoken Word Tour this July

The Sunshine Tantrum Tour 2019 presented by Boundless & Bare is a national tour for spoken word artists. Showcasing the talents of emerging and established performers across the island of Ireland to promote the art of spoken word to new audiences and communities, promoting poetry in a non-traditional fashion with elements of theatre, comedy and storytelling.

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