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Jem Rolls (Big Word Performance Poetry / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

Fast-paced, loud and even a little bit scary, Jem Rolls demanded the audience’s attention. With poems covering an eclectic mix of topics, from childhood to tourism and dinosaurs, Rolls has something to say about everything. His poetry is witty and clever, usually with a subtle but sharp political streak, but it is not just his poems that make Rolls stand out. Even in anecdotes or general chat with the audience, Rolls almost talks in poetry, showing how much of a natural he is with words. Never has someone talked so rapidly in so many rhyming words with absolutely no slip-ups. Add in some hilarious actions and storming in and out of the audience, Jem Rolls captivates for the entire hour.

The Banshee Labyrinth, until 24 Aug (not 20), 8.40pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Helena Wadia]