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Three To See 2017: Three spoken word shows

By | Published on Monday 31 July 2017

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three highly recommended spoken word shows.

Rob Auton – The Hair Show | Just The Tonic at The Caves | 3-26 Aug (pictured)
Rob Auton is actually listed in comedy, but his style is very much a spoken word one, so he fits here. He also very much fits in the sense that he is an absolute favourite of the ThreeWeeks team, and has earned so much glowing praise from us I’m surprised his ears aren’t constantly burning. He has an interesting approach to his topics, and this time it’s the turn of hair, and is, therefore, “suitable for people who have, or have had hair and hairs”. Ha.

Neil Hilborn – Live Poetry | The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4 and New Town Theatre | 9-27 Aug
He’s famous for poems like ‘OCD’, ‘Joey’ and ‘The Future’ and is the author of a book called ‘Our Numbered Days’, and it may be his Edinburgh debut, but US poet Neil Hilborn is probably already known to many of you, thanks to his super-huge hit rate on YouTube. If you’re aware of him, you’ll probably want to just go ahead and book those tickets. If you’re not, take a look at his online presence, then decide.

The Naked Dietitian | Quaker Meeting House | 14-26 Aug
Acclaimed performance poet and radical dietitian (she believes we need to make fundamental changes in how we talk about lifestyle, health and justice) Lucy Aphramor addresses topics such as clean eating, identity, privilege, queerness, community, and resilience in what’s described as a “viscerally, spiritually, intellectually and emotionally compelling refusal to sign-up to a post-truth whitewash”. Expect something very interesting.