Sunday, October 8 @ 7:00pm
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Melbourne Spoken Word brings you the return of Australian Poetry Slam Champ, Arielle Cottingham. Supported by a sample of local Melbourne spoken word and poetry, including Waffle Irongirl, Quinn Eades, Piriye Altraide and the winner of September’s Slamalamadingdong.
Afro-Latina poet, performance artist, and dancer Arielle Cottingham began performing spoken word in 2014 while studying abroad at the University of Melbourne. She returned to San Antonio, Texas, to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Trinity University, during which time she became a regular performer at PuroSlam and The Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot. In September 2015 she returned to Melbourne, where she found herself pursuing a career as a full-time, working performance poet and creative producer of Slamalamadingdong. She released her first chapbook, The Tarantist’s Soapbox, in April 2016, and six months later she took first place at the National Championship of the Australian Poetry Slam. Her second book, Black and Ropy, was released in 2017 with Pitt Street Poetry. She currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, where she continues to write and perform.
Arielle’s writing probes the territory of the personal as the political, dealing heavily with themes of identity, heritage, history, and the roles they play in immediate, everyday interactions. Her performances explore the interplay between the spoken word and the body, incorporating elements of dance and physical theatre to create multidisciplinary pieces that have been described as both elegant and electrifying.
Temporary Adults are the sort of people who set alarms to remind themselves to sleep. It may take all three to make one functional adult, but Temporary Adults have been trying really hard at… life. Art they can do, being functional human beings is another matter. Spoken word meets music meets performance.
Sometimes the words respond to the music and sometimes the music is tailored to the words, sometimes strange characters wander out of someone’s writing and take the whole thing over. This is what happens when crazy poets share a house.
George O’Hara is a ukulele playing poet pirate ninja electro grunge rock star who fixes everyone’s computers. Loran Steinberg, is trying to find a place between brutal honesty and total nonsense to write from. Steve Smart is a lanky grey haired poet cliche who has often described himself as ‘a Melbourne cartoon character’ and isn’t really joking.
Temporary Adults: Live in the Shed opens on November 15th and runs for five nights. Bookings recommended as seats are limited.
Ashleigh Russell performs “If I Had…” at Slamalamadingdong, on September 24, 2017.
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Ashleigh hit poetic puberty late. She started out to boost her confidence but still freaks out at every performance. Ashleigh’s poetry explores politics, mental health and self-affirmation. Ashleigh is raw and deeply honest in her poetry and like in life, will always tell it like it is. Her style is comedic to a point, because if she doesn’t laugh, she’ll cry. Ashleigh takes inspiration from no one and everyone at the same time. Ashleigh likes to binge on Netflix and smash the patriarchy in her spare time.
Jennifer Compton reads ‘The Narrative Arc of Christchurch’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Bill Moran at The Provincial Hotel on September 1, 2017.
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Jennifer Compton lives in Carrum out on the Frankston line. She is a poet and playwright who also writes prose. When it comes to the poetry side of things she likes to have it every which way possible. She very much likes winning the Newcastle Poetry Prize and being given the big cheque. And she also very much likes the hurly burly of the open mic. She has been known to slam, but very, very gently. A new book of poetry (The View From Below) is a third of the way there, and a stage play (The Goose In The Bottle) is being intermittently recalcitrant. As for the novel, well best not spoken of.