The new Spoken Word (Open Mic) Café launches at The Grosvenor, in the beautiful town of Stockbridge, Hampshire. on Sunday 24th April, with gusts Andover singer Hannah Cutts and Hampshire duo Least Worst Candidates. Rob Casey and James Consterdine are Hampshire’s poetic version of Flight of the Concords, providing a combination of comedy spoken word and modern music styles.
“We saw Hannah at The Rockhouse open mic and she’s gone on to wow audiences at Romsey’s Teapoets,” said co-organiser Cat Randle. “We are very lucky to have entertaining guest for our opening,”
The Open Word Café runs from 1.30pm – 4.00pm, every 4th Sunday of the month (third Sunday in June – full list of dates below).
Organisers Cat Randle and Gavin Ketchen have based the venture on the successful Teapoet Café in Romsey. Spoken Word Cafés are based on the ‘jam not slam’ model and Spoken Word participants of all ages, styles and genres are welcome.
“What amazes me,” says Cat Randle “is the consistently high standard of poems, short stories, jokes, shaggy dog stories and sheer variety of offerings that people bring to our Spoken Word Cafés. It’s a very supportive, friendly environment for people to present in, especially if it is their first time. In Romsey we have people of all ages come and read. It’s all about having fun.”
Gavin Ketchen added “Choosing The Grosvenor in Stockbridge was very important to us. The Grosvenor has wonderful facilities, is disabled friendly as well as having a superb menu and licensed bar. It’s perfect if you want to have an afternoon out with a friend or relative who has mobility requirements.”
The afternoon is a combination of open performance slots with two guests: One an acoustic musician and the other a performance poet. Cat says, “We pick guests who have wowed us in other Spoken Word Cafés throughout Hampshire, Wiltshire and Surrey. We’ve noticed there are amazing, inspirational poets like Ben Johnson, Bryn Studwick and Ricki Tart who have all performed one-person shows. Ben has a live robot speaking which is very exciting. We’d like to give them a chance to be seen in North Hampshire.”
You can simply come and listen or participate and read your own work or a story/poem that you might wish to share. For the more adventurous, we have use of a projector and screen – organisers Cat and Gavin are really looking forward to seeing if it proves to be popular.
Each month will feature a different theme. We’re not strict about it and we regularly veer well off course, but a theme adds to the fun. All you get is a title. How you interpret it is entirely up to you!
Dates and themes are as follows:
Sunday 24th AprilTheme: ‘New Beginnings’
Sunday 22nd May‘The Monarchy’
Sunday 19th June‘Mythical Beasts’
Sunday 24th July‘Families’
Sunday 28th August‘Driving’
Sunday 25th September‘Autumn Hues & Blues’
You can get the latest updates and feedback from the Open Word Facebook page:
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