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Scroobius Pip – Words (The Pleasance / Scroobius Pip)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

Managing to ensnare and enthral a rowdy, sell-out audience to hushed silence is not an easy task, but ‘Words’ is capable of doing just that. Admittedly, it’s not all a barrel of laughs, but Scroobius Pip is able to describe pain with beauty, capture emotion with grace and evoke a plethora of situations and characters with what can only be described as rock-star presence. Technically and poetically, Pip’s spoken word is mind-blowing, manipulating rhythm with truly impressive precision, and utilising his Essex twang to construct unusual rhyme after rhyme. He challenged the audience to check up that his thousand word poem was exactly that, subtly highlighting the deft precision and meticulous planning behind his work. Not just a spoken word artist and social commentator, but a spectacularly smart one.

Pleasance Dome, until 26 Aug (not 19), 9.40pm. 
tw rating 5/5 | [Elizabeth Jewell]