In a world where freedom of expression is all but banned a dapper band of rebellious wordsmiths are making a stand. Come down to Chaplin's and witness the Word Makers in the flesh. Never silent, they boot boots through eardrums and fists through chest cavities without so much as a trigger warning. Come and get offended.
On offer will be 8 slots of 8 minutes from 8pm and 2 support slots of up to 20 minutes. Sign up Is by application only by emailing Wordmakers with a bio, headshot and an example of work.
There will be a silent vote on the night and the winner will receive a paid support slot at a future event.
13th March 2018 19:00
The Wordmakers team has been tasked to find a support act to join Hollie McNish and Myriam San Marco at the Shelley Theatre on the 3rd of May. The slot will be 15 Minutes and paid £50.
We want to invite 12 acts to perform for 5 minutes each at our next Wordmakers night on the 13th of March for this opportunity to be decided by a silent vote from the audience. The runner-up will get a paid support slot at our 1st birthday gig on the 8th of May.
To apply, follow these steps:
1. Check you are available on each of the dates. Each event will run from 7pm to late.
2. Email us a short bio (up to 75 words), a photo and an example of your work (mp3 and/or video links if you have them) preferably in the body of the email and with no weird extensions we can’t open on email@example.com
3. We will give consideration to performers we have seen on any of our platforms in the last 2 years and newcomers alike.
4. Any and all genre of performance is welcome as long as it fits our ethos of Word Makers and Silence Breakers.
5. Applications will close on the 22nd of February.
Let us introduce our headline guest, the indomitable Fay Roberts.
Born in 1975, Fay is a classically-trained singer from Cardiff who has been getting on stages since the early 80s. She was finally bitten by the performance poetry bug in Spring 2006 in, of all places, Milton Keynes, after a favour to a friend turned into a place in the final of a poetry slam. These days she describes herself as “a performance poet and peripatetic percussionist who by day pokes projects and by night projects across a microphone…”
She has been involved with the Cambridge chapter of Hammer & Tongue since 2010, hosting it since January 2012; frequently performs across Central and South-East England; and is part of a Cambridge arts collective calling themselves Pressed Art. She set up Cambridge arts label Allographic in 2011, hosting live events and producing poetry anthologies, pamphlets, and books. She has been the Artistic Director of Spoken Word at The Free Fringe in Edinburgh, and host of critically-acclaimed Fringe show “Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret”. In 2014, she "won" the Edinburgh Fringe Anti-Slam (where the worst poem and performance with the lowest points wins a terrible prize), as judged by Mark Grist, Rachel McCrum, and Oh Standfast. In 2017, her first solo show, “The Selkie”, was shortlisted as best spoken word show of 2016-17.
She still sings – it’s actually practically impossible to stop her…
Her work has been described as: “lyrical”, “engaging”, “scarily good” and, memorably: “too many words… I got lost…” Her voice has been described as: “musical”, “mellifluous”, and “mesmerising”.
Fay has performed poetry in: pubs, clubs, theatres, tents, shopping centres and stately gardens; in open mic, showcases, features, support, collaboration, competition and costume. Sometimes she bangs a drum, and sometimes she performs in silence, while the words flutter in front of her.
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