Blah’s Big Weekend: Young Blah Showcase

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest

Following our decade-long success of Blahblahblah, we are excited to invite you to our Young Blah showcase. A host of the brightest emerging talent in the South West. Featuring Jasmine Gardosi (BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and Birmingham Poet Laureate).

Blah’s Big Weekend: Poets vs MCs

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest

Collaborating with Raise the Bar and Poets vs MCs, we’ll be pitting a team of rappers and poets against each other to bring you Brighton’s infamous battle of wits. Join us as we smash stereotypes in an event which combines the UK’s sharpest and most unusual collective of lyrical warriors.

Blah’s Big Weekend: Harry & Chris (with support from Erin Bolems)

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest

Having played together for over 10 years, World Poetry Slam champion Harry Baker teams up with jazz musician Chris Read for the imaginatively titled Harry and Chris. After sell-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a feature on The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), they are excited to be returning to Bristol to delight audiences with their combination of comedy, jazz and rap.

Blah’s Big Weekend: Young Blah Workshop with Jasmine Gardosi

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest

Poet, performer and seminar extraordinaire, Jasmine Gardosi will be hosting a workshop. All welcome, whether you’ve never done this before or you’ve been writing for years. You’ll also have the opportunity to perform at the Young Blah showcase.

Please note that there are only 15 spaces available for the workshop
To book your place please call Bristol Old Vic Box Office on 0117 987 7877

Blah’s Big Weekend: Salena Godden & John Berkavitch

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest

Blahblahblah is excited to be able to support two established artists in developing brand new shows this year. We’re offering a preview of both shows for one price – a double bill with an interval.

SALENA GODDEN: MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH
Salena Godden returns to our podium with her new experimental piece, Mrs Death Misses Death, a rousing celebration about appreciating life and the short time that we have to live it; this live performance is a collaboration of a new novel and album, with fiction and poetry by Peter Coyte.

JOHN BERKAVITCH: POKEMAN G.O.A.T.
John Berkavitch was never a gamer. He was a troll in gaming chatrooms. But somehow, after becoming hooked on Pokemon Go, he has risen to the top 1% of players in the world. In this newly developed spoken word performance, John explores reality gaming and his one-man quest to be the very best.

Blahblahblah: Imaginary Advice – A Live Podcast presented by Ross Sutherland

Launched in 2014 as a way to explore new forms of storytelling, the Imaginary Advice podcast has grown into one of the most popular storytelling podcasts in the UK. Written and presented by Ross Sutherland (BBC2’s Missing Episode; Standby for The Tape Back), this live podcast presents a selection of brand-new stories, both true and imaginary, with some very special guests…

Blahblahblah: Zia Ahmed, Maria Ferguson and Kareem Brown

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Roundhouse slam champion and Channel 4 playwright in residence Zia Ahmed steps onto the Blah podium to share his linguistic dynamism alongside Maria Ferguson‘s (Fat Girls Don’t Dance) unique blend of theatre, storytelling and killer moves. Sharing the stage is Barbican’s Young Poet Kareem Brown, known for his hard-hitting combo of challenging wordplay and stylistic sensitivity.

Blahblahblah: Ben Norris, Bridget Minamore and Jonny Fluffy-Punk

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UK All-Star Poetry Slam Champion Ben Norris (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Family) heads up the April Blah line-up with his charismatic presence and complex, emotional verse. Joined by Bristol favourite Jonny Fluffypunk with his funny, absurd and oddly moving performance, accompanied by the profound poetry of British-Ghanian writer Bridget Minamore, this riotous round Blah is one you’d be a fool to miss!

Rob Auton: The Hair Show

A show for anyone who has, or has had, hair and hairs.

Award-winning stand-up comedian and poet Rob Auton (Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe award-winner, Glastonbury’s Poet In Residence) returns with another heart-felt and offbeat comedy/theatre/spoken word show that explores hair and hairs.

Rob casts an introspective eye over the world of hair, underpinned by leaving his head hair and beard to their own devices until he has performed The Hair Show for the final time. Join Rob as he explores the importance of appearance and how people react to someone who looks like he has checked out.

For the past six years Rob has used his command of words and distinctive unconventional humour to explore seemingly mundane subjects: sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow. These shows have given rise to a cult status at the Edinburgh Fringe. His unique world view has been acknowledged through being shortlisted for the prestigious Spoken Word Award by the Arts Foundation, receiving a Best Short Film nomination for the The Peamaster, which he co-wrote and starred in, at the Milan Film Festival.

★★★★ The List
★★★★ Fest
★★★★ Three Weeks
★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★ Darkchat
★★★★ Fresh Fringe

“A genuine original.”
The Guardian

“One of my absolute favourites.”
Daniel Kitson

“Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch.”
Independent

“His delicate turn of phrase is a delight to hear and he has a truly unique voice, which, among the hundreds of acts at the Fringe, is no mean feat.”
British Comedy Guide

“If you’re new to his work, The Hair Show is an excellent start. It’s a warm, wonderful hour that proves there’s no one quite like him.”
The List

“An engaging and, above all, highly original show.”
Edinburgh Festival Magazine

“The Hair Show is delightful, funny and unique, and underlines Auton’s talent.”
Chortle

Sexy

‘Oi, you. Sentient flesh owner.
I have some questions for you.
Do you think you’re sexy?
What do you find sexy?
What does sexy even mean?’

As a young woman who loves poetry, smashing the patriarchy and a well timed slut drop, this has been a question that has plagued Vanessa her whole life.

Sexy uses truthful wit and clever verse to explore our conflicted relationship with our bodies and sexiness, exploring our obsession with what is sexy through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress.

Vanessa Kisuule is a writer, performer, burlesque artists and general empress of blag, based in Bristol. Vanessa has won several slam titles including the Hammer and Tongue National Slam and Roundhouse Poetry Slam. She has performed at an array of festivals, including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party and has been invited to support the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, Kate Tempest, Dizraeli and David J. You may have seen her ‘alter ego’ Shonda Rhymes, smashing the patriarchy through the world of battle rap league Don’t Flop. Vanessa is the recipient of the 2017 Leverhulme Arts Scholarship.

Directed by Rob Watt, movement by Lucy Bairstow and produced by Liz Counsell
Developed with support from Arts Council England, Camden People’s Theatre and Bristol Old Vic Ferment