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Monkey Poet – Spaceage Simian (PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Tuesday 25 August 2015

Monkey Poet

What differentiates Matt Panesh from other performers who like to push the boundaries of social acceptability, is that rather than spiralling downwards into a dark, irrecoverable vortex of offensiveness, he somehow travels upwards instead. And I’m not just referring to his ‘2001: Space Odyssey’ conspiracy theory. He’ll approach a topic like porn, do a little irreverent dance with it, like a beery matador, then surprise us with a golden flash of intuition. Try as he might to bury his fearsome intellect underneath crude poo jokes, it’s there, the force electrifying his performance into a weird, will’o’the’wisp wank-sonnet. I won’t say this is poetry like you’ve never seen it before, because Panesh would read that sentence and laugh at me.

Banshee Labyrinth, until 30 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Sarah Murphy]