BlahBlahBlah: Blah’s Big Weekend

A whole weekend showcasing the UK's best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman

17th Mar - 19th Mar
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After the success of last year’s brilliant word-filled bonanza, Blah’s Big Weekend returns for a three day festival packed with performances, workshops and one roaring stand up and slam.

Featuring the biggest headliners of poetry and spoken wordery including the likes of Vanessa Kisuule, Tongue Fu and Roundhouse Collective’s Cecilia Knapp and Bohdan Piasecki, we hope you come and grab a drink, settle in with some cake and fill your ears with words. It’s going to be a blinder.

Tongue Fu
Fri 17 March | 8pm | £10 (£8 conc.)
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To kick off Blah’s Big Weekend, we’re lining up the fattest, juiciest, most brilliant poets and letting them loose to make magic including Rhian Edwards, Caleb Femi, Toby Thompson and Malaika Kegode, hosted by Chris Redmond. Tongue Fu is one of London’s liveliest and best attended spoken word nights. A wild, playful, poetry party, where no one knows quite what will happen until it happens. We can’t wait to bring poets performing with an off-the-cuff musical backing from the brilliant Tongue Fu band, it’s a riotous experiment in poetry, music and improvisation; frequently surprising, sometimes hilarious, often poignant and always unrehearsed.

“It’s poetry, but not as you know it… amazing.”

Roundhouse Writing Workshop
Sat 18 March | 12pm | £8 (includes free entry to the Finding Home matinee performance)
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Finding a way to tell your story or articulate your thoughts, whatever they may be, is empowering and vital. Come and take part in this workshop led by the Roundhouse Collective’s Cecilia Knapp and Bohdan Piasecki and discover your unique voice as a writer. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, Cecilia and Bohdan will guide you through a session that will allow you to generate new writing in a safe, fun and supportive way, and look for the poems that only you can write.

Finding Home – Cecilia Knapp
Sat 18 March | 2pm | £7
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Through humour and moving storytelling Cecilia Knapp shines a light on how we deal with loss, how we talk about mental health, and explores what it is like to grow up amongst these things. We meet the characters that have influenced her, listen to her old cassettes, hear her story and discover how she found home amongst chaos.
 Directed by Stef O’Driscoll (Nabokov, A Tale From A Bedsit, Kate Tempest’s Hopelessly Devoted) and with music from world champ beatboxer Bellatrix and Tongue Fu founder Chris Redmond, this is one evocative spoken word collaboration not to miss.

Vanessa Kisuule
Sat 18 Mar | 3pm-7pm | Free, Unreserved in the Old Market Assembly Bar

With her old-school typewriter at hand, multiple-slam winning performance poet Vanessa Kisuule will be creating your very own tailor-made poems, on a subject of your choice, totally free of charge. Having represented the UK in two European Slam Championships in Sweden and Belgium, come sit back and relax as she pens your personalised poem while having a natter about anything you like; poetry, the world, or even how she finds such brilliant stuff to stick in her hair.

Stand Up & Slam
Sat 18 March | 8pm | £10 (£8 conc.)
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Easily one of the best things about this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, SUAS will be bringing six phenomenal acts to Big Weekend and going head to head for your approval as poetry and comedy collide with unexpected and hilarious results! Our resident team captains are joined by the most exciting comedy and poetry acts from around the UK, mashing up the two art forms in an epic battle of spoken word. Who wins? You decide…

“Witty, fast paced, and most importantly, funny.”
Fringe Review

Story Slam
Sun 19th March | 2pm | Pay What You Decide (recommended donation £4)
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Presented by Story Slam: Bristol, this is where you can hear peoples amazing true stories told live on stage. All stories are told by volunteers from the audience. Put you name in the hat for a chance to tell your story, or just enjoy everyone else’s! Story Slam is held on the third Sunday every month at The Wardrobe Theatre.

The Sleep Show – Rob Auton
Sun 19 March | 8pm | £8 (£7 conc.)
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The Sleep Show is a comedy/theatre/talking show about sleep by award winning writer and performer Rob Auton. Following past hits The Yellow Show, The Sky Show, The Face Show and The Water Show, Rob now turns his attention to sleep with his latest theatrical production The Sleep Show – suitable for anybody who has slept or seen someone sleeping.

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

“A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot.”

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