‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through Our House, poets were scurrying to complete their personas for the annihilation of our sacred verse. Like we just did there.
The Anti-Slam, brainchild of London based Varjack & Simpson, was the first of our ‘Takeover Editions’. The idea behind it is that 10 top spoken word acts take on a persona that they think epitomises the VERY WORST in spoken word, take part in a competitive slam, whereupon the VERY WORST poet wins. There is commentary from a judging panel, themselves also fictional characters; scorekeeping from Angry White Male (aka Bram E Gieben), hosting by Paula Varjack and Dan Simpson and finally, a winner….
The story in pictures follows. Warning: features cats, nappies and occasional dancing….
Our thirsty poets warm up backstage….
The awesome Erin and Katy await the baying crowds…
We prepare to hand over our event to Varjack & Simpson (sobbing internally)….
And then the Anti-Slam starts with a sacrifice by Angry White Male and his Angry White Verse!
Collating the scores for himself, Mr Male sets the standard of
unbiased recording of marks for the evening….
And we’re off! First up: Indy Sisive! (Catherine Wilson)
Duncan McWhirter! (Max Scratchmann)
Judgemental judgings from Broad, Rally, and the Former Godfather of Scottish Spoken Word, Mr Andrew Blair who, when he was 12 had a helluva lot of things happen to him that gave him many anecdotes to compare his experiences back then to how goddam awful the experience of hearing these poems was…..
Eli Tism! (Rachel Rankin) Broad can never be her friend, ye know…
Benny ‘Deadbeat’ Goodman! (Alec Beattie) “Utter filth.” (Everyone)
Dan is told to check his privilege by Angry White Male….
And then Kitty Muffin-top, sex-positive baker, on the wonders of yeast and, um, some other things too…… (We’ll never bake again….)
A crowd shot, to prove that the majority of our audience did not, at this point, leave…. (Thanks for the photo-shop, Chris Scott!) 😉
Kitty Cat took to the stage and bribed the judges with fluff and edible things for kitties. It worked, with a respectably terrible score from all 3 judges….
After several shots and some truly stupendous reaction from audience and panel alike, we moved on to Cent E. Mental (Lara S Williams) and her awfully twee, heartfelt (and bokey) love poems! Hm. Maybe they weren’t that bokey. Maybe we were still minding the subject matter of BEDWETTER’s (aka Tickle’s) slam poem….. Hm…..
Dan loses the will to ask for responses….
And Paula laughs at him. Or it might have been at a poet. We can’t remember. We’re still recovering.
On to penultimate poet @FredRAlexander on Twitter & Instagram! (Aka Freddie Alexander.) A hispter nightmare. Terrible marks. (That’s a good thing – are you keeping up? We almost weren’t by this point….)
And finally! DOUG TRIHARDER (Doug Garry) He was a bit bad really.
After some conferring, and Angry White Male continuing to attempt to address Dan’s privilege problems through the medium of scowly dance….. We had our three finalists! Kitty Muffintop, @FredRAlexander On Twitter & Instagram and Doug Triharder!
DOUG TRIHARDER WAS OUR WINNER!
And, as if that wasn’t enough, we then had plenty of dancing and celebrations that it was AAAAAAAALLLLLLL OVER, with the absolutely stonking A New International!
And then we all went home and had nightmares.
THANK YOU to Paula Varjack, Dan Simpson, Bram E Gieben and all the Anti-Slammers for being such tremendously good sports in all of this thrilling nonsense! Massive thanks too to the brilliant audience. It was one of the funniest things we’ve ever seen – a perfect Takeover.
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We’re back on Fri 22 Jan in Edina and Sun 24 Jan in Glasgow. See ye then! xx