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An Announcement from Rally & Broad HQ

Dearest folks,

We hope this finds you very well. This is a very special announcement from Rally & Broad Towers!


Over the past four years, Rally & Broad has been showcasing the best of Scotland-based spoken word, new authors, new voices and more lyrical delight and musical goodness than we could possibly quantify, and we have been utterly delighted to do so.


But, ladies and gentlemen, it befalls us this fair morning to announce that this will be the last ever Season of Rally & Broad. Our June shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow will see Rally & Broad’s last cabarets – and we’re going out with a BANG!


We have seen Rally & Broad grow from humble beginnings at the Counting House in 2012 to stellar monthly shows in Edinburgh, Glasgow and further afield; growing our wonderful team; delighting in seeing the audiences come back month after month; and being so thrilled to be able to provide a platform to some of the best Scottish and international artists out there. We’ve laughed, cried, swooned, and eaten a lot of biscuits along the way. It’s been wonderful.

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We wouldn’t change a single thing about the last four years (except that night we did shots of cherry bourbon after the December 2014 show. Brutal, brutal times….), but the time has come to hang up our matching kimonos and say adieu to Rally & Broad. We want to bring Rally & Broad to a glorious close, riding high. We – Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum – will both be pursuing different passions in and for the spoken word scene in Scotland, which we so thoroughly adore. Also, Broad and Rally would dearly love to go for a long walk up a beautiful hill before lying down in the long grass to eat peaches (for a few years, at least).

 

 

 

However! We ain’t going quietly, ladsour final shows are absolute firecrackers!

See the lineups below and get yer tickets bought now (click through the links…). Oh come, do come along…

  • Edinburgh! Fri 20th May, 7pm, Bongo Club! With… Black Doves! Paula Varjack! Harry Giles! Kirsty Law! Sam Small!
  • Glasgow! Sun 22nd May, 230pm, Stereo!  With…Karine Polwart! Christopher Brookmyre! Denise Mina! TV JOY! Michelle Fisher! 

And for our last shows – OUR VERY LAST SHOWS – we’ll be doing it ‘Once More, With Feeling…’

  • Edinburgh! Friday 17th June, The Bongo Club, 7pm.  With…Don Paterson! Caroline Bird! Maud the Moth! Lara Williams! Paper Rifles! 
  • Glasgow! Sunday 19th June, Stereo, 230pm. With…AL Kennedy! A New International! Jonnie Common! McGuire! Roseanne Reid! Georgia Bartlett-McNeill! 

(With an After-Party in Glasgow after the show, of course… ;))

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We will also have one last Rally & Broad Masterclass weekend, with the incredibly talented poet, performer and playwright Caroline Bird on 25th – 27th November at the beautiful Moniack Mhor – see details and booking here .  We’re also both delighted to be part of the fantastic, ambitious and wonderful Scottish Schools Poetry Slam project, brought to you by the team at Confab, which will be running September and October 2016. (More info here)

 

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Phew! Well. Aye. There you go. So. Aye.

We’d like to thank you, lovely, awesome audiences; everyone who has ever performed on the Rally & Broad stage; and our wonderful R&B team for all your support over the last four years. We couldn’t have done it without you; we wouldn’t have dreamed that we could. It’s been quite a time, lads, quite a time.

Please do come join us and toast Rally & Broad, and all who have sailed in her. We hope to see you at some of the last shows.

All our love. All  of it. Really.

Rachel & Jenny

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Ye Dancin’? – Rally & Broad, Edinburgh, May 20th.

Rally & Broad ‘Ye Dancin’ – Friday May 20th, 7pm, The Bongo Club, Edinburgh. With…Paula Varjack! Black Doves! Harry Giles! Kirsty Law! Sam Small! £6 on the door or £5 in advance here

Oh, because we are most certainly askin’, comrades.

These are our penultimate shows of Season 4, and they are cracking. Time to get your feet, bodies, hearts and souls to tapping. We’ll see you on the floor. Ours is a rhumba and coke. 😉

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Joining us to make merry, this band of beautiful rogues! We’ll be welcoming to the stage…

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Lord Knows I’ve Paid Some Dues.

Rally & Broad ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ – Season 4 relaunch! Friday 23rd October, The Bongo Club, Edinburgh. With Dog On A Swing (and Castle Chorus), Chrissy Barnacle, Harry Giles, Loki with Becci Wallace and Delighted People. And many fine audience folk. In association with the Mental Health Foundation, presented as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

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Rally & Broad…Le Grand Relaunch! It’s Here!

Comrades! Pals! Dearest! Lend us your whatsits! It’s finally here! Season 4 is GO! With not one but FOUR events coming up this very week…come see us in Edinburgh, Dundee and/or Glasgow, with some most excellent of friends….

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  • Friday 23rd October: ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ – Rally & Broad in association with the Mental Health Foundation. With Delighted Peoples, Loki & Becci Wallace, Harry Giles, Chrissy Barnacle and Dog On A Swing. Doors 7pm, the Bongo Club, Edinburgh. £5 on the door or in advance here. Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.
  • Saturday 24th October: Rally & Broad at Literary Dundee! With Toby Mottershead (Black Diamond Express) and Lucy Ribchester. 9 – 1030pm, Bonar Hall, Dundee. £3/£2 on the door or in advance here.
  • Sunday 25th October: ‘Tangled Up in Blue’ (Glasgow edition). With Blue Rose Code, Martin Figura, Helen Ivory, Cat Hepburn & The Miss’s. With special guest performer, Iranian writer Sepideh Jodeyri, in association with Scottish Pen. Doors 230pm, Stereo, Glasgow. £5 on the door or in advance here.

Not only these three tasty extravaganzas to get Season 4 well and truly underway, but we’ll also be hosting the Saltire Society 2015 Literary Award Shortlist announcements on Thursday 22nd October in Edinburgh. It’s gonna be a busy old week. We can’t wait to get cracking, and we’d love to see your faces.

Catch you at the front? Ours is a raspberry martini.

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We’re all Tangled Up In Blue…Season 4 Launch!

Rally & Broad ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ – Season 4 relaunch!

Friday 23rd October, Edinburgh, Bongo Club. 730 – 1030pm, in association with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Tickets £5 – available here!

Sunday 25th October, Glasgow, Stereo. 230 – 530pm. Tickets £5: available here!

Dearest pals!

We’re utterly delighted to be back for our FOURTH SEASON, which will see us continuing our core cabarets in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as various other bits and bobs that we’ll tell ye about as we go. 

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We’re launching in the weekend of Fri 23 – Sun 25th October! Have a wee squizz at our terrifically eclectic line-ups! Spread the word, diaries oot, click attending on that Facebook (Edina, Glasgow) pen us in, and come on down!

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We’ve teamed up with the Mental Health Foundation for the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. And whit a line-up we have….
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Rally & Broad Masterclass Series: #3 Harry Giles & #4 Elspeth Murray!

We are delighted to present the next two masterclasses from Rally & Broad, from Harry Giles and Elspeth Murray! See below for more details, and book a place.
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We’ve found that they are filling up quickly, so advance booking is essential. As before, book a single workshop for £8, or both for the special price of £15! 
 
 
#3 HARRY GILES – MASTERCLASS – Poetry On The Streets
(Saturday March 28th, 12 – 4pm)
 
What happens when we take poems off the stage and out into the streets? This is a workshop on performing out in the public, looking at the skills and ideas behind street and political performance. We’ll practice street performance skills, explore writing in powerful and impactful ways about the issues that matter, and talk about what it might mean to be a political poet.
 
 
# 4 ELSPETH MURRAY- MASTERCLASS – Performing Poetry With Presence
(Saturday April 25th, 12 – 4pm)
You and your poems have life and energy. How can you bring your work off the page and deliver it to its full potential? Performance nerves are natural, however much experience in front of an audience you have. Learning about the energy of presence will enhance your experience of your (and other people’s!) poetry both on the stage and off. In this workshop you will build performance presence through awareness of your body, voice, eyes, ears, head and heart. Through short writing exercises and voice practice in pairs and small groups, you will develop a sense of confidence that will serve you as a performer and have relevance to other areas of your life. No need to bring poems with you. Come prepared to breathe, focus and let go!
 
About Harry Giles

Harry is from Orkney and lives in Edinburgh, where he does poetry and performance and stuff in the cracks in between. His pamphlets Visa Wedding and Oam are published by Stewed Rhubarb, his debut poetry collection was shortlisted for inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and he was the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion. He founded Inky Fingers Spoken Word, co-directs the live art platform ANATOMY, and his participatory theatre has toured across Europe and Leith.

http://harrygiles.org/

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About Elspeth Murray

As a poet and wordsmith Elspeth Murray enjoys multi-disciplinary collaborations, cross-platform and educational projects and writing to commission. She has been a poet in residence at national and international health conferences, a hospice, Glasgow Fort shopping mall, Scottish Widows, Great Circle PR agency and Glendronach distillery. Her workplace residencies were featured in BBC Radio 4’s documentary Blood, Sweat, Tears and Poetry. She is a member of the Authentic Artist Collective and a trained facilitator in Critical Response Process. She also tours internationally with the multi-award winning Puppet State Theatre Company.

http://www.elspethmurray.com/