A Night at Verbose: The Pleasure of Poetry and Performance

Resident purveryor of all things poetic, Alex Webb, visits – and performs at! – the launch of Fallowfield’s Fallow Cafe’s new live poetry night, Verbose

On the 17th March, Fallow Café (previously Trof) launched their poetry and prose night, Verbose. I was unsure what to expect as I had not seen anything published about the night online and had only heard about it from someone working at Fallow. However, the night quickly proved that it is here to stay. Attracting a huge audience for a launch night, Verbose was, by all accounts, a success.

An interested audience is the best thing a performer can ask for and, unfortunately, something you have little control over. Luckily, Verbose attracted a vibrant, lively and insightful audience with conversations between performers and the audience being constant. It was a small community united by a common interest: spoken word. There were six performers in total, myself included, each bringing an individual and distinct style. With this came a wide range in performers’ ages and this showed the effect experience has on writing. The older members offered more intelligent, insightful pieces whilst the younger members were equally inspiring as they tried out a variety of styles, evidence of us finding our feet.

The standout performer was a young woman who translated writer’s block into a commentary on an orgasm that just will not come (excuse the pun). I made sure to thank her for her performance after the night and was surprised to find someone come up to me and talk to me about a piece I had done myself. This is testimony to art’s dialogical nature: it is something that demands to be discussed.

The night allowed for repeat performances and what was most interesting, for me, was the change the poets had between their two performances. After getting the nerves out of the way with the first performance everyone was much more relaxed as they took to the microphone again. The second time around my style was much more humorous and I felt ready to perform some of my more blunt, sexual pieces. The night had liberated me. Tonight, I was a spoken word poet.

Despite the pricey drinks, as a venue Fallow is brilliant, the food is excellent and the top floor is a well-decorated and welcoming environment. If you are interested in taking part or even just sitting in the crowd, head on down to Fallow every first and third Monday of the month. Fall into the world of spoken word and the Manchester poets will catch you with open arms.

Like/follow Fallow Café on Facebook and Twitter for updates about the brilliant events that they put on including any future Verbose nights:

http://www.fallowcafe.com/

https://www.facebook.com/fallowcafe

https://twitter.com/fallowcafe

– Alex Webb

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