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Episode 5: Make Them Feel Small.

 

Welcome to episode 5 of The Bunbury Speaks Podcast!

This time we had the the pleasure of talking to the fantastic Mike Bedigan. We covered many topics and had a good few laughs and of course, heard Mike’s marvelous addition to our story.

We also wish Mike all the success possible with his Masters degree and future.

As always the music was by the brilliant Midlane, click on his face below for more!

It was produced by Keri Moriarty for the internet.

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Phil Jupitus is Porky The Poet: Living in a World Where They Throw Ducks At The Bread

Phil Jupitus is Porky The Poet: Living in a World Where They Throw Ducks At the Bread
15:00 The Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68) 14-12, 14-26th Aug
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’m pretty sure Phil Jupitus is made of solid charisma and loveliness. A man who is never afraid to point at the reviewer in the room. He approaches his poetry with passion and zeal, lacing them together with fantastic anacdoates and asides. At every available opportunity he is warm and friendly, even making sure everyone is comfortable which is unusual at the fringe. He’s clearly there to enjoy performing as much as the audience are there to enjoy his work.
Jupitus shows an extraordinary flare and talent for the written word and, speaking as poets & writers who run their own spoken word night, to see him perform it is a thing of beauty.
The audience is in stitches in one minute and listening contented & completely enveloped in the next.

The techniques on display within his pieces are so well executed and the skillful changes of pace and tone make his performance accessible and highly enjoyable even to those who would not class themselves as ‘a poetry audience’.

This is an absolute must but do get there early, really early because this show fills up fast and it’s clear once you see it why that is.
It’ll mak your fringe.

Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan: The Family Guy

Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan: The Family Guy
 13:15 Sneaky Pete (Venue 437) 4-12th Aug
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating –  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This warm and welcoming show is conversational in tone and well written, dealing with some very sentive issues delicately in some parts and no so delicately in others. In fact, sometimes the subject matter is handled in rather an ‘in your face’ way which suits the O’Sullivan performance style. His stage presence and use of space is superb, hitting in with the visual material to back up the already strong writing and delivery. Blunt and to the point, O’Sullivan works the room well, drawing the audience into the stories he tells.
The descriptions and details are powerful, and passionate, building up suspense and painting highly vivid pictures in the mind. He breaks this form now and then with funny, odd and vibrantly performed poems which add another layer to an already very funny, very enjoyable show.

This odd and eccentric show kept me giggling for hours afterwards and I will be keeping an eye out for him in the future.

The Roleplaying Comedy Hour 2

The Roleplaying Comedy Hour 2
22:00 Bar Bados (Venue 32) Aug 4-25th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If Roleplaying is your thing (no, not that kind, get your mind out of the gutter) then this is the show for you. If you don’t really know what Roleplaying games are or have never played one, then this is the show for you. It is easy to watch this with or without any prior knowledge of games like Dungeons & Dragons etc and it is a really good laugh.

The stories change from night to night and so do the guest comics. No one knows what the outcome will be or what situations the group will get themselves into as the game is played with real dice and so all in the room are at the mercy of the dungeon master.

It’s something a bit different and so worth going to see and who knows? You may vent become a part of the action yourself. There’s only one way to find out.
Take a chance on the roll of a dice.

Charmian Hughes – Bra Trek

Charmian Hughes – Bra Trek
15:35 Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Part of the Free Festival (Venue 170) Aug 2-12, 14-26th

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Right from the off, all of the audience members felt welcome and relaxed. The room was warm so ice water was to be dispensed if anyone said the safe word. I have to say, it’s the first comedy show I’ve ever been to with a safe word. I loved that touch. Charmian Hughes also went to the trouble of making fans from her flyers.
I mention all of this because that’s just the kind pf person she is. Friendly, considerate, thoughtful and quick thinking. These qualities come though in her material too so that her audiences see a well thought out, funny, delightful show that makes you feel good and makes you think. There is no option but to love it. Hughes is very charismatic and has a superb way of telling the beautifully written stories and material. Everyone in the room is completely invested and really enjoying themselves no matter what age or gender they are or identify as.
It is a performance that really encapsulates all of the frustrations, trials and triumphant feeling felt in seeking a sexy, supportive, non-bank account breaking bra.
There is, as always with Hughes’ shows, so much more than that to it.
You’ll just have to go and find out what I mean.

It’s a show for everyone. I can guarantee you’ll come away laughing and feeling spectacular.

 

 

David Lee Morgan – The River Was a God: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

David Lee Morgan presents an hour of spoken word, a fantastic blend of poetry and soundscapes with a deeply atmospheric feel for the Americana – from the very beginning David’s performance has the ambience of an open-top car-ride against a burnt orange sunset.

This is an hour of poetry about bringing power to the powerless. These are poems about evolution and revolution, beautifully constructed for a balance of depth of imagery and pace of narrative, each one matched with music that adds new layers and sweeps the audience away with David as he explores these themes.

David is a very engaging performer, taking the time to put his messages across both with the poetry itself and in the spaces between. He has a great charm that makes this hard-hitting and risk-taking poetry a safe space in which reflection can take place.

David also performed excerpts from his other show, The Other Side of The Flood, the last performance of which is on 22nd August, at Banshee Labyrinth at 1620. For a great blend of of spoken word, soundscaping and musical theatre, both shows cannot be missed.

Written by Christopher Moriarty

David Lee Morgan – The River Was a God

Banshee Labyrinth, 1620

Part of PBH Free Fringe

4th – 26th August (except Wednesdays)

Horror – Gothic Tales and Dark Poetry

Horror – Gothic Tales and Dark Poetry
14:00 @ Banshee Labyrinth (Venue 156) Aug 4-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-26th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is a beautifully performed collection of prose and poetry from some of the best horror writers ever to have put pen to paper. It contains a selection of classics but also highlights some pieces that the audience may not have come across before. Not only that but it is wonderful to hear a duel language show with some pieces performed in German and some in English. This adds texture and such depth to an already superb show making it so easy to lose yourself in it.

Isabel Schmier has a powerful stage presence which is at once subtle and commanding. Schmier is a born storyteller with expert poise and obvious passion enriching the experience. The phrase ‘breathing new life’ springs to mind when watching this performance.

If horror and spoken word if your thing, this is 100% the show for you. Go see it and escape in to the endlessly tempting world of horror and darkness. Seeing this show in the Banshee Labyrinth is an added treat which makes it totally unmissable and an absolute pleasure to watch.

Henry Cafe: Quiz Machine

Henry Cafe: Quiz Machine
18:30 @ Whistlebinkies (Venue158) Aug 5-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is exceptionally written and brilliantly performed. With a high but relaxed level of audience participation, a peculiar pub quiz unfolds complete with drama, suspense, and weird questions. Everything is spot on with this performance from stage presence to material, from delivery to framing, it’s just masterful. The way the jokes are built up paired with the timing and execution makes this the complete comedy package leaving the audience wanting more.

The crowd work itself is skillful and highly polished, allowing, the feel of a real pub quiz to  seep through the room. The narrative of the show is also so superbly shot though that everyone in the room is not only invested but leaves with the sense that they’ve seen and been a part something brilliant.

I couldn’t stop laughing and I urge you to do the same. Go and see this. It’d be silly not to.

Raymond Burke – The Metaphoric Table: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

In a world where all is uncertainty, Raymond Burke has attempted to bring some clarity to one aspect of the human experience. From alliteration to metonymy, catechresis to synedoche, Burke has set out to bring order to the oft murky world of writing devices and figurative language.

This is a very well-crafted, informative show that has been put together with the passion of a seasoned writer. The talk is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation which helps to shed light and share examples of the various devices that are explored in this show. Burke brings a calming charm to the proceedings, weaving the knowledge of the craft together with engrossing and light-hearted story telling. Perhaps the highlight of the show is a scholarly break-down of Trump’s infamous Elton John speech, which perfectly highlights and underpins the whole purpose behind the talk; that we all subconsciously use these devices but are unaware that we are doing so.

Burke shines a light on how we speak and write with great care and wit throughout. This is a must for any writer.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Raymond Burke – The Metaphoric Table

Bar Bados, 1215. Part of PBH Free Fringe

4th – 25th August (except 12th and 19th)

The Selkie, A Song of Many Waters by Fay Roberts

The Selkie, A Song of Many Waters by Fay Roberts
12:30pm @ 52 Canoes (Venue 366) 4-7th, 9-15th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the most beautifully descriptive show of the fringe. Fantastically performed, gently, powerful and at the same time poignant and completely enchanting, this show is not to be missed.
The show is perfectly written to suit the voice of the poet and the proof of this lies with the audience who are completely immersed in the world Fay Roberts has created.
The Selkie is a show that is impossible not to fall in love with.

The tale is told so vividly, the listener can almost see the colours and feel the textures of the narrative. This is a performance of many subtle layers which brings to life the stunning words written by this natural storyteller.

At times the story is woven is such a way that it’s almost hard to believe that it’s told in the same language in which you’re listening. I can guarantee you’ve never heard anything like this.

The passion behind the performance adds to the sheer escapism and the audience is very eager to hear more. Personally, I could listen to this for hours and still want more.
This is a tale of heartache, self discovery, identity and making your own way in a turbulent world. Full of twists and turns, the tale almost mimics the waters which form the essence of this piece.

Don’t miss this. You’ll regret it bitterly if you do because you will have missed out on something absolutely breathtaking, sublime and truly amazing.