April: A Shower of Words @ RARA Open Mic 09/04/18

 FREE OPEN MIC – FREE 5 MINUTE SLOTS @ RARA
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FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!
MONDAY APRIL 9 2018 7.30PM ONWARDS

Soon it will be the second Monday of the month, meaning it is almost time for you to bring up to five minutes of your word based goodness along for a free slot at a free event that happens every single month…let rip, let it go, share your creations, release the flow…at RARA!

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This month, RARA will be hosted by…DAVE DAGGERS

AND WILL FORD

Dave Daggers and Will Ford will both offer you some words of their own, as well as welcoming and introducing readers to the unique laidbackness of RARA
(shut up spell checker, laidbackness is a word, ok?)

Whether you wish to spit fire at an unjust world, warm the heart and ears of the listener, express unique and quirky insight, at RARA you have five minutes to use in whatever sweet, silly, serious or bonkers way you see fit. Free your words, show us the world through your eyes, paint pictures purely with alphabetical components

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RARA is brought to you each month in association with Dave Daggers, Will Ford and the very kind people at the Mackintosh Sports/Social Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff.

But without the lovely, inventive, enthusiastic and incredibly beautiful people who come along to share their letter based creations there could be no RARA, so thank you if you have ever come along before, and future thanks are waiting for those yet to enter the friendly, welcoming atmos of a RARA night, where variety is guaranteed, laughs can be anticipated and provocation of thought and sometimes a touch of bemused mystification are part of the mix of material you will encounter

PICS FROM PREVIOUS RARA NIGHTS

 

PICS FROM FUTURE RARA NIGHTS:

 

They haven’t happened yet, how could there be pics?
come, come, come, COME TO RARA!

 

 

 

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13.02.17 R.A.R.A SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC…GUEST HOST PATRICK WIDDESS

   FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!

Soon it will be the second Monday of the month, meaning it is almost time for you to bring up to five minutes of your word based goodness along for a free slot at a free event that happens every single month…

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Whether you are an old hand behind the mic, a relative newbie or wondering what it might be like to share your words for the very first time, RARA will welcome you with open arms and offer open ears while listening to your opening and closing mouth. “Be as silly or as serious as you want to be, for five minutes” is the invitation RARA extends to you…

MEET THE FEB RARA GUEST HOST: PATRICK WIDDESS

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Patrick Widdess is a poet, performer and producer/presenter of the Headstand poetry and music podcast. His published works include, Feeding the Spacemen (a collection of his poems) and Poetry Non-stop, which is an inexpensive, enthusiastic and friendly guide to unlocking the poetry within you.

A regular performer at (and previous guest host of) RARA, Patrick will soon be leaving Wales for pastures new, so I’d like to use this blog to wish him all the very best and to thank him for his presence on the spoken word scene in Cardiff (and elsewhere) and for interviewing many performers for his podcast (including myself) and giving so many people the opportunity to speak about why they do what they do and share recordings of performance and page poetry via Headstand. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR FUTURE, DUDE!

RARA is brought to you each month in association with Dave Daggers, Will Ford and the very kind people at the Mackintosh Sports and Social Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff.

But without the lovely, inventive, enthusiastic and incredibly beautiful people who come along to share their letter based creations there could be no RARA, so thank you if you have ever come along before, and future thanks are waiting for those yet to enter the friendly, welcoming atmos of a RARA night, where variety is guaranteed, laughs can be anticipated and provocation of thought and sometimes a touch of bemused mystification are part of the mix of material you will encounter

 

COME ONE…COME ALL…COME!

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FREE OPEN MIC IN CARDIFF: RARA 08.08.16

Second Monday of the month is here, so it’s time for…

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HOSTED THIS MONTH BY

DAVE DAGGERS AND WILL FORD

FIVE MINUTE SLOTS, EXPERIENCED OR NEWCOMER TO SPOKEN WORD, ALL GET THE SAME TIME TO SHARE YOUR WORDS AND THE SAME WARM WELCOME!!!

Once again grateful thanks go out to our hosts last month at RARA

PAULA HUGHES AND GARETH DAVIES

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SEE YOU AT RARA IF YOU COME, SEE YOU IF YOU DON’T, BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T COME WE WILL HUNT YOU DOWN LIKE THE DOG YOU ARE

BEL BLUE ALBUM LAUNCH GIG AUG 11 2016…COME COME COME

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FREE WRITE@CHAPTER CWTCH 10.00-13.00 JUNE 24 2016

Nearly the last Friday of the Month, which means nearly time for

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Meeting once a month, with no fixed agenda, poets, storytellers,spoken word performers, novellists, comedians, creators of words in whatever form, meet up to connect, chat, share experiences, successes, cautionary tales relating in any way to writing, the process, the results, the joys, the pain, the paths and the pitfalls of word the word based life

JUNE MEETING: 10am to 1pm, in The Cwtch, Chapter Arts Centre

No two Free Write sessions are the same, you may use the session to focus on getting some words down by yourself, or join the discussion, maybe a prompt will arise during the event and those who wish may try and create something on the spot. Work may be read out to willing listeners, you may learn of open mic or other occasions to try out your work publicly, something about writing generally or about your work particularly might be causing you grief and maybe someone will offer you a new perspective, deliberately, or even accidentally.

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As with all things creative, the trick is about getting the flow started, however that happens and flowing to wherever the flow goes.

Which is FREE WRITE in a nutshell!

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Drop in, tune in, drop out, as best suits your particular needs and inclinations

Free Write was created by Mab Jones and has been hosted several tines by Will Ford 

 Come along and feel the flow of Free Write, you make it what it is!

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New R.A.R.A…New Hosts…Bryan Marshall and Kat Davies…14/03/16

 

IT’S THAT TIME OF THE MONTH AGAIN…COME ALONG AND ENJOY…

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Second Monday Every Month…

The March R.A.R.A will be hosted by…

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BRYAN MARSHALL!!!!

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and KAT DAVIES!!!!!!

 

Whether you simply want to listen, or listen and share five minutes of your words, RARA will offer the now expected eclectic mix of the serious and the silly in terms of poetry and verse, with maybe a song or two to caress your ears and tickle your fancy!

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MORE PICTURES!

FROM THE EVER READY CAMERA OF PAULA HUGHES! 

R.A.R.A, FEB, 2016!!

Many thanks to all the performers, from February, was a pleasure to be the host, and I look forward to being half the hosting team for something a little special at RARA, at some point, soon(ish) BUT DON’T ASK WHAT IT IS, I’LL NEVER TELL! NEVER!!!

Ahem, apologies for the outbreak of yelling…Once again, many thanks to the poets, and song providers from last time at R.A.R.A

Ceri Sian
Patrick Widdess
Bridget Leggy Tanner
Dave Daggers
Christian Searle
Eric Ngalle Charles
David Hanlon
Liz Blackburn
John Brooks
Belinda Favager
Gordon Anderson
Mark Curtis
Francesca Murphy
Paula Hughes
Ellie Powell
Bryan Marshall
Kat Davies
Tasha Panda
Yasmine Gulzar
Karen

And another big thanks to Paula Hughes0014

For all the pics, well, except this one of me looking my ‘absolute best’

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WOW! CAN IT BE? EVEN MORE PICS????

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UPDATED…THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL: HILLTOP THEATRE COMPANY WINS BEST SHOW AT N.O.D.A AWARDS!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO  HILLTOP THEATRE COMPANY ON TAKING THE BEST SHOW PRIZE AT THE N.O.D.A (Wales and Ireland) AWARDS CEREMONY MAY 14TH 2016 

WHILE BEING NOMINATED FOR FIVE AWARDS WAS UNDOUBTEDLY EXCITING, IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE OF THE FIVE TO TAKE HOME, BEST SHOW WOULD BE THE ONE THAT REWARDS EVERYBODY FOR THE PART THEY PLAYED IN MAKING THE SHOW HAPPEN…AND THAT’S THE AWARD YOU WON, SO WELL DONE EVERYBODY!!!

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A look back at the news of being nominated…

With productions such as Jekyll and Hyde, Sweeney Todd and Godspell under their belts, the hard working folk of  Hilltop took on the roles of these freaky folk

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Resulting in five N.O.D.A awards nominations, for Best Show, two nominations for Best Performance, one for Special Services to Amateur Theatre and one for Best Stage and Technical Presentation…

After a tryout in Chicago, the original production of The Addams Family Musical opened on Broadway in 2010. Popular the world over, and now popular during its run in the Cardiff area, thanks to Hilltop!

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The story for the show hinges on a regular feature of the older TV show comic strips and films, the creepy. kooky, mysterious and spooky world of the Addams Family coming into conflict with unsuspecting normal folk…

The day to day (ab)normality of life at the Addams Mansion is rudely interrupted when Wednesday Addams decides she to wants to marry normal everyday Lucas…Morticia and Gomez flirt and fight in their time honoured fashion over the developing shenanigans…Lurch groans in his servitude…Uncle Fester festers…Thing lends a hand…Little Pugsley is tortured by the situation (as well as being  literally tortured by his belovedly twisted sister)

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Many congrats are due, and many fingers are bound to be crossed for success during the N.O.D.A awards ceremony, many thanks guys, you must have worked really hard to pull this off! Colourful, hummable, memorable fun stuff.

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Take a bow!

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RHYME AND REAL ALE…OPEN MIC…SPOKEN WORD…FREE EVENT…HOSTED BY WILL FORD…08/02/2016

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RHYME AND REAL ALE returns to the Mackintosh Sports Club, next Monday (Feb 8th, 2016) where you can be sure you will be experiencing a dazzling array of approaches to the spoken word art form, from 7.30pm, hosted this time by Will Ford (me)

WANT TO WATCH AND LISTEN? You can, and it’s FREE!

WANT TO TAKE PART? You can, and it’s FREE! Simply sign up for a five minute slot and whether you’re an old hand or a new voice, whether you’ve done this for years or you have never shared your words with any audience, COME ALONG and be warmly welcomed!

Below you will find many pics from previous RARA Nights where there has been poetry, rap, song, comedy, and short stories, basically, if it can be produced by the human larynx and lasts around five minutes, it will find a warm welcome at RARA, at The Mackintosh

Thanks to Paula Hughes, who took the majority of the pics below, and hey, you! Come to RARA! Come one, come all! COME!!!

 

 

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HEY, JUKE…19/01/2016…Spoken word night with some tributes to The Thin White Duke

“It was a reasonable request

From Renn, who’s flamboyantly dressed

Bring a tribute to David B

For this evening at J, U, K E…”

With this affectionate (and slightly cheesy) reworking of the opening of Life On Mars I began my slot during the open mic at…

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Will say more about my own Bowie tribute  after the following…

JUKE is a free monthly open mic spoken word event organised and hosted by Renn…

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Via JUKE (held at The Little Man Coffee C0, third Tuesday every month), Renn aims to provide a showcase for spoken word performance and poetry that explores, stretches and even sometimes breaks the boundaries and delivers the unexpected to the impressive audience numbers JUKE attracts…

Much of the evening is open mic but there are always feature performers and this month they were…

Gemma June Howell, author of ROCK LIFE

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and

Beatbox Hann

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Gemma’s reading, mostly from Rock Life, played with, argued with and embraced the stereotypical images often portrayed of people from the valleys, filling her words with the realities of life as lived by people who are more often than not mocked for merely existing and being poor. As a council estate born kid who ended being taken into care along with my sisters, I certainly appreciated the humour and fire of poems demanding people consider that there might possibly be more to people from whatever their circumstances are than meets the headlines of our national press

Beatbox Hann, as his name suggests, produced simultaneous sounds from what seemed to be his entire body  assembling grimy heavy beats element by element until there was so much going on at once that the audience reaction can only be summed up as ‘Holy Shit!’

Not only did features set up the mood for the open mic sections, they also returned at the end to combine their talents, with Hann providing the backing for some soulful singing from Gemma…

Gemma and Hann created the frame for the evening and now it is time to fill in the rest of the picture…firstly, given the Bowie tribute theme of the evening, special mention must go to…Fran Smith

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A lifelong fan of Bowie, Fran turned up having gone ‘The Full Ziggy’ make-up wise and backed up her costume, as did Renn when she opened the night, with poetry constructed from references to classic Bowie hits. Renn and Fran, each of them a Star, Man 🙂

And now, with pictures from Fran and me, an overview of the evening…

Memorable in some ways you had to be there to truly appreciate, Renn’s January  JUKE welcomed a head spinning variety of approaches to the written and spoken word from the warm, to the icy, the intellectual, to the surreal, moments of edginess, hilarity and drama in the verbal selection box that is JUKE. Many thanks to Renn and the venue for what has become a very popular night out!

JUKE will be back in February at The Little Man Coffee Co…

ADDENDUM: My own Bowie Tribute…

Being not the flamboyant type generally, I pushed the boat out according to the parameters of my rather self-conscious personality and deliberately, recklessly wore…

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Odd Socks…

Having got a (small) laugh from the audience out of that, in response to the death of Bowie I mused on mortality with Post Mortem Blues and put out hope that people don’t merely aspire to be like their icon of choice, but work to complete the picture of themselves, for themselves, with All Stars Will One Day Die

Then, at severe risk to my dignity, I attempted theatricality,  asking the audience to pretend I was capable of communing with the departed Thin White Duke  and through me he would sing my attempted Bowie style tribute to…

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Odd Socks

No pair

Mismatched

Together…

Beneath a

Suit so sharp

That it severs…

Persona, conceal you

Peel back surface, reveal you

You got no one, you got no one

You got no one but each other…

Odd socks, odd socks,

We’re all

Odd socks, odd socks…

We got no one, We got no one

We got no one but each other…

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