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Monkey Poet – Shit Flinging (Matt Panesh / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Quite a lot of people have a low opinion of poetry, admits Matt Panesh, aka Monkey Poet, as he kick-starts his spoken word gig with something of an apologetic disclaimer. But through this hour of cheek-achingly funny lines and friendly banter (with some poems prompting laughs by their titles alone) he pretty much proves them wrong. Covering topics like gay rights, religion and ethnic identity with astute social awareness and well-reasoned philosophy, some of his material is downright filth, but it’s delivered with such charm that Panesh nails it nearly every time. His low-key, welcoming manner makes it clear that he values every single audience member and the resulting atmosphere is like watching one of your mates tell funny stories at a packed-out party. Highly recommended.

Banshee Labyrinth, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Laura Gavin]