With Dr Thomas Tyrrell…RARA OPEN MIC 09/07/18

FREE OPEN MIC EVENT!

Come share your poems or short stories, or even a song, at RARA, Mon July 9
at the Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch Street Roath, Cardiff
7.30pm doors open, come, sign up for 8.00pm start!

Soon to be moving to the second Tuesday each month, this will be the final Monday Night RARA and your guest host for July RARA will be
DOCTOR THOMAS TYRRELL

 

A Doctor of Letters (and also entire words), Thomas Tyrrell delivers various flavours of poetry and verse with a bold resonant voice that drifts into pirate sounding territory when choosing to deliver tales of dastardly doings by seafaring criminals! As well as regaling you with his regal stage presence over the course of the evening he will be calling up those who wish to share their own words of wit, wisdom, woe, and wonder!

 

RARA is a welcoming and warm space for regular and new readers/performers to share their creative souls and after years of being a Monday night affair, from August will become a Tuesday night fixture. Join us for our final Monday!

If you have tales to tell, words to share, RARA will applaud you for sharing them there! If you are timid at the thought of public reading, be bold, come and try it, it’s RARA you’re needing! Come, one, come, come all, weave us your word spells, and join in this night with Thomas Tyrrell

 

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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!

 

 

 

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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www.mabjones.com

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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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