Wordfringe 2009Programme StrandsEvent Calendar




1st–31st May 2009


Makar Making
First Friday Fling with Janis MacKay
Pushing Out the Boat
Night at the Light
From Pennan to Penang
Trio Verso
Demented Eloquence Tag-Team Word Wrestling
Prometheus: A River Stained with Iron
Cream of Strathbogie
Expect the Best: Elspeth Murray
Speak Volumes
Coming Home
Double Launch
The Night Mare V Fear of Intimacy
In Search of Salt (Ellon)
In Search of Salt (Aberdeen)
John Hegley
Drawing out the Creativity
Fredrik Sixten: Requiem
The Word Birds
Voyager Poets
Not Drowning but Waving
Fresh Ayr
Young People's Poetry Competition Prizegiving
Closing Verses

Demented Eloquence Tag-Team Word Wrestling

Four heavyweight performance poets take it in turns to grapple the English language into submission

Monday 4 May 2009

Aberdeen Arts Centre [Map]

Part of the Performance Poetry strand

Demented Eloquence

Ash Dickinson on stage at Aberdeen Arts Centre

Photo by Shade Wizard

On a damp Monday evening in Aberdeen, there's nothing like a bit of Demented Eloquence to liven things up. Ash Dickinson, Johnny Fluffypunk, Milton Balgoni and Rapunzel Wizard brought their virtuosity to town in a display of verbal dexterity with a tag-team format — one poet one poem, then swiftly on to the next. This was a risk but it paid off handsomely, bringing out the contrasting styles of the four poets — both in writing and in delivery — and emphasising the richness and variety on offer. Unless you were hoping for large sweaty men in leotards, you won't have been disappointed.

The evening was loosely structured around three themes — Modern Life, People, and The Surreal — but that allowed plenty of leeway, and plenty of leeway was taken. Under which of those headings, for instance, would you address the question of extraterrestrials and their TV licences? Meditate on the hazards and seductions of ownership, and of non-ownership? Take the Moon to a party? Explore the theological dimensions of dog mess? Celebrate and mock intoxication, fashion, teenage angst, and the last great male bastion that is The Shed? Or propose a new Scottish National Anthem that would make Alec Salmond's hair curl (what's left of it)?

The lyrical, the satirical, the pastoral, the romantic and the downright bizarre: the range of poetic moves on display was impressive, and a capacity audience was alarmed, charmed, and thoroughly entertained.

Judy Taylor

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