Thursday, June 11 @ 7:30pm
744 High St Thornbury
Has an Open Mic?
Randall and Smarty are at it again. In fact they’ve never really stopped being at it. Attempting to arrest your attention with words. Poetry for people to enjoy. It’s a concept they believe in with some vigour.
Damned for being entertaining seems like a strange concept in a society that is prepared to be entertained by damn near anything. Perhaps if they were sitting in a room with a camera whining that their souffles didn’t set the way they hoped or that some faceless minion hadn’t restocked their free beer fridge… So they’re gonna take their frustrations out on the microphone and stick it where it fits – right in your ear!
Their shows have been described as dynamic and hilarious, full of movement and colourful language (swearing). Come see what the fuss has been about from Perth to Preston and several other places that don’t begin with ‘P’. Poetry, garn getitinya.”
Slamalamadingdong hosts its annual Grand Slam, at their brand new venue, The Melba Spiegeltent. Finalists from the previous year of slams compete over three rounds for the chance to represent Slama and Australia in the National Poetry Slam in the United States in August.
Featuring award-winning spoken word artists and actors, Joel McKerrow and Anna McGahan performing excerpts from their spoken word/theatre show, The People of the Sun.
Slamalamadingdong is Melbourne’s premiere poetry slam, being the only slam in Australia currently PSI-certified, with three rounds and high-calibre nationally and internationally recognised feature artists that push the boundaries of spoken word. Slama runs on the last Thursday of every month, with slammers competing for cash, a published video of their work, performance opportunities and the chance to represent Slama at the National Poetry Slam in the United States each year.
The winner of Slamalamadingdong for April, wāni, performs ‘Silence’ at Slamalamadingdong on April 27, 2017.
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.
Viki Mealings performs ‘Other People’s Children’ at the launch of Audacious 4, at The Provincial Hotel, on March 13, 2017.
Viki Mealings is a Melbourne poet, musician and singer. She was one of the poets that featured on Audacious 4th edition audio Journal published by Melbourne Spoken Word this year. She was winner of the 2010 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival Poetry Slam. She produced and performed in the Melbourne Fringe show ‘I am That Woman’ in 2015. Last year she published a poetry collection entitled ‘Her Poetic Body’. She is front woman of the band ‘Brittle Sun’ who are due to release their EP, ‘Elemental Skin’ next month. Her poetry explores issues of social justice and inequality.