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Zanzibar Cats by Heathcote Williams (Roy Hutchins)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2011

An afternoon of performance poetry written by an anarchic old hippy won’t be everyone’s scene, but Williams’ sly, conversational style has a broader appeal than you might think. Giving the reading is Roy Hutchins. Assured and playful, he comes across like a game show host quietly undergoing a mind expanding drug trip, dropping in and out of character, impersonating Einstein and Johnny Rotten, and evidently loving every word of the poems. These are a mix of silly observations and socialist polemics, surreal rambles in favour of bicycles and against state sponsored murder, gags about Darwin’s nose followed by commentaries on mortality. It’s certainly not everyone’s idea of poetry, but there’s enough energy and inspiration here to make it entertaining.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3 – 29 Aug (not 8, 15), 3.00pm (4.00pm) £10.00 – £12.00, fpp315.
tw rating 3/5