A Night Out: Bad Language MCR

Alex Webb heads to the Castle Hotel in NQ for Bad Language MCR…

On September 24th I went to Oldham Street’s Castle Hotel for a brilliant night of spoken word. Bad Language is one of Manchester’s best-known spoken word nights, held on the last Wednesday of every month and promising huge variety from one night to the next. The set up of Bad Language is that ten performers have four minutes to showcase their work to a very attentive, informed and genuinely interested audience. The crowd at Bad Language was the best I have ever seen with a real sense of appreciation for what the performers are doing. The majority of acts this month performed comedic pieces that, at times, left the entire room in tears. Most notable, for me, was David Hartley’s performance of ‘I didn’t want this, I didn’t ask for this’: a short-story about being endlessly stuck in the cinema watching ‘Mrs Brown’s boys – da movie’ (it’s something you have to see for yourself). Other standouts for me were Roger Fizzerton’s ‘The Thin-Skinned at Breakfast’ (an account of a philosophical debate with a sausage) and another’s narrative about a woman’s war against motion-sensor bins. The main event of the night was Carys Bray reading from her new book, A Song For Issy Bradley. The novel focuses on how a Mormon family of five copes with the loss of their daughter/sister, Issy Bradley. To say Bray writes convincingly does not do her justice; when she read a passage from the youngest Bradley, a seven year old determined to bring his sister back to life, it felt like the boy was in the room. I bought Bray’s book as soon as she finished performing and it jumped straight to the top of my reading list. For anyone looking for something new to pick up, you’ve just found the novel for you! What I liked most about Bad Language was the accessibility of the night; whatever your style it has a place here. This is why I would recommend Bad Language to any new performer looking for opportunities to try their stuff out. Slots for Bad Language open on the 5th of every month and all it takes is an email to get a reservation. The night makes a promise that at least half their artists are Bad Language “virgins” meaning that you are always guaranteed to see new Manchester talent. That isn’t a promise many nights can make and this is just one reason why you should make your way down to the Castle Hotel for October’s Bad Language! Bad Language’s website Like Bad Language on Facebook Follow Bad Language on Twitter  If you are interested in taking a spot at next month’s Bad Language send an email to badlanguagemcr@gmail.com any time after the 5th of each month! Alex Webb

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