A young man stands in front of an audience, arms outstretched, head hanging. Is it a crucifixion? He begins to speak – he is actually two people, two boys, in fact. As Paul Cree performs the achingly funny, witty and touching dialogue between the two characters he’s rendering, we learn the sin that they are expiating and who has inflicted this test of their masculine pride upon them. Paul’s awareness of detail brings the world of school and authority for the “C/D Borderline” kids into sharp focus.
Paul takes his show to the Edinburgh free Fringe next month. He’ll be performing at Pilgrim, 3 Robertsons Close, Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1LY every afternoon at 4.15 – 5.15 from 6th to 27th August. If we can get up to Edinburgh during our month’s break, we’ll certainly see it again.
Alex Twyman had gallantly brought his “Shadow” to read, despite clearly dealing with “Strange Days”, smoke and a gallon of dirt buried between his teeth - and looking very overworked. A quartet of defiance.
We're taking a break in August and the Keystone Open Mic is back on Monday September 5th when Bethany Pope is our guest feature.
But before that, on Tuesday 19th July, as part of the Guildford Fringe Festival, we offer a free Open Mic, GUILDFORD VOICES, along with the Launch of this year's anthology, "A Barrel of Monkeys", It's in the upstairs room of The Keep in Quarry Street, Guildford. There will be readings from contributors to the anthology, including the winner of the competition, Richard Sellwood and books will be for sale or to order, at a discounted price.
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Janice & Dónall Dempsey
We are poets, writers, spoken word performers, editors and organisers of spoken word events, based in the United Kingdom.