The Anti-Slam: Poetry at its worse!
In a normal poetry slam, the best poet wins. At The Anti-Slam the most atrocious poet wins! We don’t mean bad: we mean hilariously terrible, laugh-out-loud embarrassing, entertainingly cringe-worthy poetry so awful that it transcends quality, becoming genius.
The Anti-Slam features some of the South's best spoken word artists, stand-up comedians, and theatre performers as you’ve never seen them before, competing to do their very worst verse. With performers from some of the region's best poetry events, the depths of poetry will be hysterically explored.
Featuring Hammer and Tongue National Slam Finalist, Stewart Taylor, former '451' host Rob Casey, UK All-comers Slam Champion 2002, Peter Hunter, Teapot Poets' Syd Meats, Bournemouth's Anarchoasthete, Carrie Carrie, Archimedes Screw Champion Kayleigh O'Reilly, Big Up Words' Cat Randle and Lines and Squares' poet Sandra Gordon. With performers this good, being this bad? It’ll be awesome!
The judging panel for tonight includes Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry recipiet Maggie Sawkins, theatrical director Anna Carr, and Dangerous Ideas femme fatale, Angela Chicken.
"A delightful sham... a brilliant time." – Sabotage Reviews
The Anti-Slam is an internationally touring show, with events in Berlin, Sydney, Warsaw, Singapore, Turin and more. 2014-15 saw the first Anti-Slam UK tour, taking in 8 cities from Newcastle to Bristol via Manchester and Oxford, and sold-out events at London’s Roundhouse and Hackney Attic. A featured event in Time Out London, the Anti-Slam has sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe for the past two years purely through word of mouth, becoming an underground success for lovers and haters of poetry alike.
Your hosts for the evening will be Dan Simpson and cultural mafia boss Catherine Wright
The biggest loser of the night will be condemned to appearing in the National Anti Slam finals in London in October.