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Three To See 2013: Spoken word

By | Published on Thursday 25 July 2013

Utter Identity

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses speaks up for three great spoken word shows taking place at this year’s Fringe.

Jem Rolls
Jem Rolls has been around for quite a long time, and I know this because the first time I saw him perform I was quite a lot younger than I am now. This may be his first solo show at the Fringe, but it’s not his first appearance; he hosted Big Word Performance poetry back in the days when it was the only spoken word event in the programme. It’s all got a lot more fashionable since then, of course, but Rolls has always been good. Check out all those word of praise in his Fringe blurb.
The Banshee Labyrinth, 3-24 Aug (not 20), 8.40pm.

Tongue Fu
Tongue Fu is one of London’s best established spoken word nights, with a list of past participants that includes the likes of Scroobius Pip, Kate Tempest, John Hegley, Lemn Sissay, and Laura Dockrill. Host Chris Redmond brings the show north for a full Edinburgh run, and that can only be a good thing.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 2-25 Aug (not 17, 22), 11.59pm.

Utter! Presents Identity Mix-up (pictured)
I don’t think I’ve got much to say about this show other than its subject matter attracted my attention; Keith Jarrett explores the obsessions of our label-driven society, going on an interactive, tragi-comic tour of mistaken identity. Of course, the other thing that persuaded me that this was one for my diary was that it’s a show presented by spoken word collective Utter!, which is co-ordinated by the ThreeWeeks Award-winning Richard Tyrone Jones. So it will surely be good.
La Tasca, 18-24 Aug (not 22), 4.00pm.