POETRY FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIKE POETRY.
After taking London by storm with a sell-out residency at the Bloomsbury Theatre and raucous performances at the Udderbelly Festival and Leicester Square Theatre last year, the best poetry night in the UK (voted by the Times), Bang Said The Gun is set to tour theatres nationwide from 12th March to 28th July. Each show will enjoy special guests including JORDAN STEPHENS (one half of platinum selling hip-hop duo, RIZZLE KICKS), SALENA GODDEN (“the doyenne of the spoken word scene”, Ian McMillan) and DEANNA RODGER (youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion).
Starting as an antidote to dreary poetry and even drearier poetry nights, co-founders DAN COCKRILL and MARTIN GALTON established the spoken word club in a pub in Soho before it transferred to a pub in Bermondsey. The rich mix of new talent performing alongside some of the most established names in poetry including ROGER MCGOUGH CBE (BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please presenter), KATE TEMPEST (Ted Hughes award winner), HOLLIE MCNISH (around 4 million hits on YouTube) and SIR ANDREW MOTION (ex Poet Laureate), trademark makeshift maracas and anarchic spirit quickly gained a cult following and was soon being played to packed audiences on a weekly basis. Since January 2016, the raw, fast-moving and highly-energised night has continued its rise with a completely sold out monthly residency at the Bloomsbury Theatre and various one-off shows including an Edinburgh Festival Fringe performance.
COCKRILL says: “we have dragged poetry kicking and screaming into the 21st Century”
GALTON says: “the night is a rollercoaster of emotion…It’s loud and raucous, as political as it’s trivial as serious as its funny.”
Bang Said The Gun has had 15 films broadcast on Channel 4 and an anthology, Mud Wrestling With Words published with Burning Eye Books. The show has also played to audiences in the North-West with Bang Said The Gun: Manchester and across the Atlantic with Bang Said The Gun: New York.
Additional Bang members include ROB AUTON (shortlisted for Arts Foundation Spoken Word Award and former Glastonbury poet in residence) and LAURIE BOLGER (shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London and former Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park poet in residence).
What has been said about BSTG:
A raucous combination of poetry and comedy The Telegraph
Grabs poetry by its shoulders and shakes it until dirty, funny words fall out Londonist
Like all the best things in life, BSTG is done with belief and passion Phill Jupitus
There has never been a show quite like this before. It’s time is now Murray Lachlan Young
It’s like mud wrestling with words Kate Tempest
BSTG is a vortex of energy and enthusiasm Andrew Motion
With thanks to Nationwide Building Society for supporting Bang Said The Gun’s first national tour
Tickets are available to buy here www.bangsaidthegun.com
For more information and press tickets, please contact: Victoria Wedderburn: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0207 598 722
BANG SAID THE GUN DATES TOUR DATES:
|12-Mar-17||Stafford Gatehouse Met with JONNY FLUFFYPUNK & JO BELL|
|26-Mar-17||Sheffield City Hall, Memorial Hall with KRISS FOSTER|
|01-Apr-17||Leeds City Varieties with EMMA JONES|
|21-Apr-17||Colchester Arts Centre with MOLLY NAYLOR|
|05-May-17||Fareham, Ashcroft Arts Centre with ELVIS MCGONAGALL & ROSY CARRICK|
|12-May-17||Durham Gala Theatre with KATE FOX and SCOTT TYRRELL|
|13-May-17||Salford Lowry, The Studio with JACKIE HAGAN|
|20-May-17||Brighton Festival, The Spire with JORDAN STEPHENS and SALLY JENKINSON|
|30-Jun-17||Canterbury Marlowe Theatre Studio with SALENA GODDEN|
|08-Jul-17||Aldershot West End Centre with VANESSA KISUULE and DEANNA RODGER|
|09-Jul-17||Exeter Phoenix with MATT HARVEY|
|28-Jul-17||Hull Truck Theatre|
BLOOMSBURY THEATRE RESIDENCY DATES: