Friday, June 12 @ 8:00pm
83 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
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Melbourne Spoken Word is excited to present a special show, Showcase, in conjunction with Conduit Arts on Brunswick Street. Featuring 6 poets, we’ve got a few emerging poets, a few unknowns and a few old favourites.
Featuring Cherry Murphy, Jacky T, Krish Prasad, Natalie Acreman, and Ania Walwicz and Jez Speelman.
Krish Prasad is an Indian-born spoken word artist and performer whose work is based around deconstructing human relationships and behaviour, and providing perspective on how one’s everyday struggles with life and its challenges are a near universal experience. Using biting humour, theatrical portrayals, and sudden changes in tempo and intensity, he creates an authentic representation of the modern human and his war with identity. Krish started writing at 14, but has only been giving stage performances for around 2 years. During this time, he has performed at several venues in both his hometown of Mumbai, India and his adopted home of Melbourne, Australia. He has featured at the Big Mic and readings at Café Goa in Mumbai, as well as at Passionate Tongues, Dan Poets and the House of Bricks in Melbourne, and has been received exceedingly well. He also cooks a mean red-bean curry, loves warm weather and warm socks, and is a part-time human.
Multiplatform artist often found climbing flagpoles, flirting with other poets and humping random inanimate objects after drinking too much for such a little guy. Jez has spent the last 15 years gracing and defiling stages across Melbourne with his spoken word, poetry, vocal work and various music collaborations. You just never know what you are going to get when Jez hits the stage or gets a hold of that mic.
Jacky T is a poet/MC/producer who lives and hustles in Brunswick, Melbourne. Originally from country Victoria, he wears city life like an itchy woollen sweater. He is a published poet, award winning slam artist and has just dropped ‘New Stylus ep’ for ya free downloading pleasure.
Cherry Murphy is a poet and pastry chef who splits her time between writing and baking cakes. She feels strongly about contributing to making the world a more honest (and sweeter) place through the use of cake and words. Her poetry is often raw and touches on topics such as women’s rights, family, religion, and gender.
Ania Walwicz is a poet and spoken word artist who teaches at RMIT. Her published books include “Writing,” “Boat,” “Red Roses,” “Elegant” and “Palace of Culture.” Her current work is “Horse” a book/theatre text/ multilevel opera.
Natalie Acreman is a radical poet, activist, and kitten enthusiast from Hawthorn. Having fled regional Victoria for the big city, Natalie has a hardened commitment to rainbow tie-dye and doing the exact opposite of what’s expected. Their poetry is a mix of confessional, political, and angrily-yelling-about-things-they-don’t-like.
Once upon a time a God believed that he could save an ancient city from ruin by bringing a dead poet back to life. And now the need has again arisen – Our world, our city, our neighbourhood – is in need of poetry and a great poet to save it. A leader, an inspirer, an orator.
A unique theatrical take on Aristophanes’ ancient Greek masterpiece ‘The Frogs’, Irine Vela has assembled an impressive array of performers and musicians to reveal the power and limitations of words and to wrangle the timeless question – Can the spoken word move and inspire. Can it change anything?
Following its sell out debut season in Melbourne Writers Festival (2014). Poetic License returns with the talents of Rod Quantock, Grace Vanilau, Ileini Kabalan, Koraly Dimitriadis, Maryanne Sam, Piri Altraide, Genevieve Fry (solo harp), Kevin Nugara aka Spitfire, Dante Sofra and musicians Mulaim Vela and Pascal Latra.
The evening performances include a double bill with Aria Award winners ‘The HaBiBis’ with Irine Vela, Pascal Latra and Muliam Vela playing traditional and contemporary music from Greece, Anatolia, Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam Champion, wāni, performing ‘Lessons Learnt’ at the Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam, May 25, 2017.
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wāni is a Congolese born, NZ raised and Melbourne based poet with a flare for spoken word. He uses his artistic abilities to serve as a platform in his commitment to the flourishing of life, telling of the untold, as well as the collective empowerment of those peoples too often marginalized and not often enough celebrated.
Alal Broughton performing ‘Tough, girls’ on the open mic at Melbourne Spoken Word’s Fresh Voices on May 9, 2017.
Alal Broughton is as lost as she wants to be. Australian born with Ugandan and white Australian heritage, for Alal every day is an opportunity for discovery and transformation. Alal’s world surrounds itself in creativity. The art of storytelling was bestowed to her around open campfires and full dinner tables by her parents and aunties. These days, whether traveling up and down the East coast of Australia in search of identity, dreaming of her mother’s Ancestry, or creating poetry, stories and music in Melbourne, Alal tackles these pilgrimages of life with journal and pen in hand and thick lips poised to tell all. Every day brings us new opportunity to construct our own realities and to share stories through words, songs and artifacts. Alal strives to capture such moments in the lives around her in an attempt to understand herself.