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Bad Slam! No Biscuit! A review

By johnboy 22 April 2010 1

[First filed: Apr 21, 2010 @ 13:26]

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On the third Tuesday of every month the Phoenix pub in Civic throbs and pulses to one of the more interesting events in the Canberra social calendar.

Back in the heyday of the Bootleg Sessions the Phoenix would pack out on a Monday night not so much for the music, but for the madcap MC’ing of Adam Hadley

Now joined by Andrew Galan, The Master Of Conflict (he doesn’t like poetry, but he does like competition), and a team of beautiful assistances Hadley has dispensed with that music rubbish to run a poetry slam.

(More, and a slideshow below)

The format is simple.

Turn up at 7pm, put your name on the sheet to perform, or volunteer to judge, if you want discounted drinks. Settle in, have a chat with fellow revellers.

At some point Hadley will show up and carnage will commence. As the night progresses Hadley will get drunker and the frequency with which he will ask the audience if they’re having fun will increase. Theoretically at some point he’ll just go into a loop, but it could be he passes out before that.

Those who’ve put their name on the list get two minutes without props or music to perform whatever’s on their mind, it has to be original, but beyond that imagination is encouraged. Audience participation is frequentand preliminary voting is based on how loudly the audience roars approval.

The designated judges are then asked for their scores (from -? to ten) the audience are encouraged to let the judges know what they think of the score. The highest and lowest scores are removed so that ex-girlfriends can’t disadvantage poets unduly.

It’s as much theatre sports as poetry, and immensely entertaining. Even better it’s free.

If you want to be reminded when it’s on join the Facebook group

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Thumper 3:58 pm 21 Apr 10

Hadley was brilliant as the MC for the Bootlegs.

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