Life is a Cabaret During Book Week Scotland

Category: Reading

In the words of Liza...

What good is sitting alone in your room?
Come hear the music play
Life is a cabaret, old chum
Come to the cabaret

Put down the knitting, the book and the broom
It's time for a holiday
Life is a cabaret, old chum
So come to the cabaret.

There’s nothing like a cabaret event with a literary leaning. And during Book Week Scotland 2013, there are five cabaret events that will be perfect to help you remember that “life is a cabaret”.

Inky Finger’s Dead Poets Slam. November 30 @ 7:00PM at the Bongo Club, Edinburgh. When you get props, costumes, and over-the-top theatrics combined with the slammed out works of a dead poet, you end up with one of the most unique and exciting nights on the poetry scene. Spoken word and slam poetry organisers are back again with a poetry event that presents three rounds of poetic slamming that could pin Plath against Wordsworth or Shelley against Bukowsky. There’s no telling who will triumph in the final round.

Speak Out: Open Mic. November 30 @6:00PM at the Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh. For a chilled out evening of poetry and stories where you can get the chance to share your own words, come along to the Speak Out open mic night in the Tun. Host Katherine McMahon will keep the pace flowing and there will be a featured performance by poet Harry Giles. The five minute mic spots on the evening are limited, so be sure to to book your time in the spotlight prior to the event.

A Capital Union: Victoria Hendry on World War 2 Scotland and independence, with swing singing interludes. November 28 @ 6:30PM in the MacRoberts Art Centre, Stirling. This promises to be an atmospheric event that will include the well-loved Edinburgh storyteller and singer Marie-Louise Cochrane tantalising listeners with period-based musical interludes in between hearing about what life must have been like on the Home Front of Edinburgh and Stirling during WWII. The night will include Victoria Hendry, author of A Capital Union, mingling stories, and discussing the founding conference debates of the SNP, foraging and rationing as it hit Scotland, the Scots language and much, much more.

Words Per Minute. November 30th @ 8:00PM in the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock. Words Per Minute are at it again, giving the audience bursts of live music, spoken word, short film and theatrical performances. For a special Book Week Scotland performance, WPM are at it again, taking their show to the new venue overlooking the Clyde within Greenock’s fantastic new arts venue. Expect to hear performers of all sorts get ten minutes to do their thing and impress the audience. With a line up that includes Allan Wilson, Adam Stafford, and many more you will not want to miss this special one-off event.

Rally & Broad: Dundee! November 29th @ 7:30PM in TBC. Well known throughout Edinburgh as one of the best nights of spoken word, live literature, new music and other tantalising treats, the ladies of Rally & Broad are bringing their show on the road to Dundee. Rally & Broad has been the Skinny’s ‘Pick of the Month’ and Peter Ross from the Scotsman said of these events that, “What you get from attending nights like this is a strong sense that something as simple as the human voice speaking beautiful words sincerely meant can cut through all the snares and distractions of our modern lives.” The event, as ever, will be hosted by the ever-lovely stalwarts of the Scottish spoken word scene, and founders of Rally & Broad, Rachel McCrum and Jenny Lindsay.

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