5th April 2016 @ Poetrylive
8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Guest Poets: Jess Holly Bates
Jess Holly Bates is a Pakeha artist who grew her writing and performing chops at Poetry Live. She is now a writer, performer, clown-school graduate and theatre maker. Her award-winning solo show and first book of poetry Real Fake White Dirt was published by Anahera Press and has been performed everywhere from Edinburgh to Palmerston North. Her work engages in critical narrative, sensory whiteness, and embodied colonialism. It is also sometimes funny. Her latest show, The Offensive Nipple Show performed to sell-out crowds in both Auckland and Wellington, and was awarded the Tiki Tour Ready 2016 Fringe Award, funding it to show at the Melbourne Fringe in September.
Guest Musician: Panhandlers
‘With a brutal grace, Panhandlers tell tales of the streets, narrated by voice, prepared guitar and pedals. Panhandlers are writer Callum Gentleman and guitarist Joel Vinsen. Panhandlers watch and listen.’ Like Lou Reed jamming with Louis Carol, while Brian Eno gets high with Sam Hunt. Together they take to the streets and gather stories. Callum deals to the words with brutal grace. From a whisper to a bellow, from a laugh to a wail, he takes those words and lays them at Joel’s feet. Joel wields his guitar with equal parts respect and contempt. He bends beautiful melodies from its strings, and then rams a spanner (literally) into its works. Panhandlers blur the lines between poetry and music, music and theatre, theatre and gig. No two gigs are the same; even the Panhandlers themselves never quite know how it will end up.