I felt privileged to be only the second headline act to play Speakin’ Weird, Aberdeen’s newest performance poetry extravaganza, this week. It’s the brainchild of Sparklechops (aka Orla) and it’s a fantastic night full of poetry and comedy.
There were some fantastic turns in the open mic which makes up the majority of the night. I was especially impressed by some of the acts who committed long, complexly rhythmic pieces to memory and those whose material was achingly up to the minute – some based on the week’s news. It was also great to see some old friends from Per-Verse! step up with some old and new favourites.
I was a little worried about my set as I’d included a couple of pieces for the very first time – even though I appreciate that most of the audience were hearing them all for the first time – but I guess you do always wonder a little whether they’ll go down well or not. But the audience were lovely: laughing, applauding and even whooping in the right places. As always, ‘A Shaggy Dog’ was the highlight of the set, and it was great to introduce it to a roomful of people hearing it for the first time.
Speakin’ Weird will be back on August 16th at Underdog with a very special guest who hasn’t played up here for some time but I’ve heard brilliant things about. See you there!
Julian Maunder of Spud and Duck Photography took some amazing shots on the night.