POETRY FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIKE POETRY.
Poetry pioneers Bang Said The Gun continue their rise as the Best Poetry Night in the UK (voted by the Times) performing a further three shows at Soho Theatre in 2018, having taken their trademark raucous stand-up poetry to the venue last year. The spoken word impresarios will showcase their latest verse on 26th January featuring special guests 4 Talent, The Stage, and Fringe First Award winner Luke Wright and Ferrago Slam winner Sophie Cameron, with more poetry spectaculars on the 26th of February and March.
Started 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 Borough. 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, various one-off shows including an Underbelly Festival performance and a UK tour. The collective feature a rich mix of new talent and some of the most established names in poetry, with special guests including Roger McGough CBE (BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please presenter), Kate Tempest (Ted Hughes award winner), Tim Key (star of The Alan Partridge Movie),Sir Andrew Motion (ex Poet Laureate),and Hollie McNish (Ted Hughes Winner 2017). Mention TOUR triumphant UK tour
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 Kyra Hanson, Londonist
London’s premier spoken word night Wendy Davies, London Le Cool
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
Bang Said The Gun is a vortex of energy and enthusiasm Andrew Motion
Bang Said The Gun – Soho Theatre
Date & Times: 26th January 11:30pm, 26th February 7:30pm, and 26th March 7:30pm
For more information and press tickets, please contact: Florrie Sheehan: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0207 598 7