AUGUST WRITE ANGLE'S 'CUP OF TEA', ROBERT GARNHAM & DIVERSE OPEN MIC
Fresh from his third appearance at the Edinburgh fringe, Robert Garnham brought Write Angle his new show, 'Spout'. This is an extravaganza in which Robert spouts all about the tea coming from the spout of his teapot. There was forty minutes of laughter for an act which is no storm in a teacup!
Giggle inducing puns were intersperced with comical poetry all about tea, like his aunt Rose's ashes accidently put in the tea caddy, giving a new meaning to the cockney rhyming slang expression, Rosie Lea.
Now, as it enters its thirteenth year, Write Angle, described by one reviewer as a little gem, always has a great line-up of headliners, from John Hegley to Tolu Agbusi, Mab Jones, Brendan Cleary, Patience Agbabi and locals Speech Painter and guitarist/singer, Greg Harper. Its ever enduring strength, however, lies in the many poets and musicians who come to the open mic. This August was no exception, with an impressively eclectic mix of thirteen poets and singers.
The mic was shared by regular and new poets - Fred Werner, Richard Hawtree, Sue Spiers, Dick Senior, Colin Eveleigh, Leah Cohen, Neil Dandridge, Diana Arnold, Graham Langley, Bruce Parry and Mark Cassidy. Relative newcomers, Sheila Salway and Jules Gibson provided A Capela songs.
This variety of people reflects the experience Write Angle has had over its time in Petersfield. They come from far and wide, with a broad spread of different performers. On one occasion there were twelve guitars lined up, waiting for their owners to perform. Professional poets come to us to try out new material, interspersed with newcomers who have never performed in public who have gone on to appear at other venues. Poets are comical and serious mining their lives for material or dealing with issues. And, as with August's Write Angle, most importantly, there are just those who come to enjoy the show, laugh and clap.
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