RARA OPEN MIC Monday March 13 with Alternative FRILL!

 

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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FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC! FIVE MINUTE SLOTS!

This month, RARA will be hosted by the lovely FRANCESCA MURPHY and because he keeps showing up WILL FORD. Together, and in the spirit of modernity (ie crashing two words together to make one word), Fran and Will are FRILL

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Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control Fran Murphy will not be able to join us but FRAN SMITH has kindly agreed to help out, so this month RARA will be hosted by:

ALTERNATIVE FRILL

FRAN SMITH

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WILL FORD

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Fran  Murphy and Will Ford previously co-hosting RARA

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RARA looks forward to seeing Fran Murphy again soon, and much thanks offered to the calming and warm Fran Smith for returning as a RARA co-host!

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Fran, at a previous RARA with her co-host Bridget Leggy Tanner

GENERAL BLURB!

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…

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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 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

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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RARA RETURNS…OPEN MIC…MONDAY 14/11/2016

 

The second Monday of the month is very nearly here, meaning it’s time for…

NOVEMBER RARA

Hosts for NOVEMBER 14 2016: LIZ FARRELL and RACHEL CARNEY

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LIZ FARRELL

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and

RACHEL CARNEY

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Will be your hosts for an eclectic evening of spoken word…poetry…songs…stories…free to enter…free to watch…free to take part…every reader gets five minutes…experienced or first timers welcomed warmly…many regular performers have taken their first steps in spoken word performance at RARA…Dave Daggers (mostly) and Will Ford (partially) keep the wheels on the RARA wagon, and remain proud to do so!

ROLL UP! ROLL UP! COME ONE, COME ALL 

Recently (ish) Liz Farrell performed HERE

Slightly less recently Rachel Carney performed HERE

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Liz and Rachel at a previous RARA See them, and many others at NOVEMBER RARA!

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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

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FREE OPEN MIC….R.A.R.A RETURNS MONDAY 11/07/16

The second Monday of the month is here, meaning it’s time for…

JULY R.A.R.A

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Meet Your Hosts for June…

Paula Hughes

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Regularly bringing songs and comic interludes to nights like R.A.R.A, Paula has an enthusiasm that is totally contagious, a smile that is never far away, and a camera that is responsible for the highlights from the June R.A.R.A you will find if you scroll further down…Now, for the other July Host:

Gareth Davies

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A storyteller, performer, maker of mirth and general non-bad egg, Gareth will bring the authority of his previous experience as an English teacher to his host duties, so pay attention…are you listening at the back?

Paula and Gareth will guide us all through another evening of wide ranging styles of verse and performance, some will make you smile, some will make you think, all will make you feel…Free to enter, free to have a five minute slot…

Come and watch and be our audience, come and share your words/songs/comic stylings, by simply adding your name to the list, regulars warmly welcomed back and new voices actively encouraged, many people have read in front of an audience for the first time ever at R.A.R.A and we have seen them bloom from nervous first step makers to confident risk takers over and over again, so July 11th 2016, Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, from 7.30 pm come one, come all, COME!

JUNE R.A.R.A…Hosted by Francesca Murphy and Will Ford…

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FRILL (Fran and Will) brought their individual styles of comic and heartfelt verse and song to the proceedings and  introduced performers with these names…

Dave Daggers…Gordon Anderson…Kat Davies…Bryan Marshall…Rachel Noelle…Patrick Widdess…Elizabeth Jane Williams…Gareth Davies…John Brooks…Liz Farrell…Bridget Leggy Tanner…Charley Rogers…Anna Shaw…Fritz O’Skennick…Ben Meadon…Rachel Carney…Fran Smith…Richie Livingood…Gruff Russell Jones

Thanks to the camera of July co-host Paula Hughes, here are their faces…

R.A.R.A  is brought to you by Dave Daggers (assisted by Will Ford), and is powered by the sun, the moon, the stars, the words of the performers and held together almost entirely by the vast number of friendly insults Dave can throw at Will on stage, in person and via all available electronic and non-electronic media, including during this Headstand Podcast in which Dave is interviewed by Patrick Widdess

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FREE OPEN MIC-CARDIFF-R.A.R.A@THE MACKINTOSH 13.06.2016

Second Monday of the month is almost here

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Free to sign up for a five minute slot, free to enter, so come and share your words/thoughts/musings/songs/stories and enjoy and wide range of stuff, come and share, or just come along and enjoy, basically COME!!!!

MEET YOUR HOSTS

FRAN MURPHY

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Fran is a very talented singer and poet, full of joyful remarks and beaming smiles!

CO-HOST WILL FORD

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Since this is my own blog, you’d think I’d choose a less geeky/idiotic pic, but no…

Hey, why not check out my website 😉

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PICS FROM PREVIOUS R.A.R.A NIGHTS

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FREE OPEN MIC-R.A.R.A With ERIC NGALLE CHARLES! 09.05.2016

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R.A.R.A SPRING! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

MEET YOUR HOSTS

ERIC NGALLE CHARLES

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Before you come to RARA, why not tune in to RADIO CARDIFF Monday May 9th 2016 at 3pm where Eric will be discussing his docu-drama ASYLUM…Then, just hours later he’ll be behind the mic at R.A.R.A, introducing the readers and sharing words of his own on what will undoubtedly be another eclectic, far reaching night of humour and heart, as readers take a five minute slot to share their wit and wisdom, to make you smile, make you think, make you wonder, make you listen, make you feel!!!

Eric will be joined by his co-host, R.A.R.A leading light DAVE DAGGERS

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His playful exterior is there for all to see, but Dave not only wants to make you smile, his lust for life extends into a joy in seeing others do their best, improve, be all they can be and his enthusiasm is the human energy source behind the continuing success of R.A.R.A!

This time, I can’t go along myself, because I feel like crap as I type this, sweaty, snotty and aches in places you don’t even want to think about. While I like to share my words as often as possible and occasionally host the night, NOBODY would thank me for sharing my current state of flu style nonsense with them, the Latin for which is LURGIUS GIGANTICUS

OH LOOK! PICTURES FROM THE PREVIOUS R.A.R.A

HOSTED BY JULIE CROAD AND FRITZ O’SKENNICK!!!

THANKS TO JULIE CROAD AND FRITZ O’SKENNICK FOR YOUR GREAT HOSTING

THANKS TO ALL THE READERS

BRYAN MARSHALL

DAVID FOSTER MORGAN

JOHN BROOKS

RACHEL CARNEY

FRAN SMITH

LIZ BLACKBURN

THE WRITING REFLEX

DAVE DAGGERS

WILL FORD (TOOK THE PICS LAST MONTH TOO)

BELINDA FAVAGER

THE INCREDIBLE NIGEL

BEL BLUE

ELLIE POWELL

MARK CURTIS

SIMON L READ

BEN MEADON

WEE G

YAZ

KAREN

SECOND MONDAY…EVERY MONTH…

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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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R.A.R.A. Returns To The Mackintosh Sports Club, Cardiff…11/01/2016…with pics by Paula Hughes

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January came, as it does every year, and brought with it the first 2016

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Co-hosted for the second time by…

Fran Smith and Bridget Leggy Tanner!

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Sadly, due to annoying temporary partial deafness I was not there in person, but I was there in spirit, and by all accounts the usual good time was had by all, with a great mix of all that is lyrically profound, emotionally frank and comically bizarre. There were some sadly necessary tributes to David Bowie who passed away the previous day…

If like me, you missed out on this event, you missed missed read, recited, raucously rendered, robustly ranted and some sung performances from…

Fran Smith

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Bridget Leggy Tanner

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Dave Daggers

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Patrick Widdess

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John Brookes 

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Mark Curtis

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Mario Umberto Fiorillo

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Bel Blue

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Kat (aka Kathryn Davies)

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Mark Blayney

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Des Mannay

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Ellie Powell

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Francesca Murphy

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Bryan Marshall

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Laz Lazarus

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Thanks to everyone who came, very sorry I couldn’t come too, but I will definitely be there on February 8th, so to close this less wordy than usual blog for RARA, just want to say many thanks to our lovely hosts Fran and Bridget, and a big thank you to Paula Hughes for wielding her camera at Rhyme and Real Ale and letting me use her pics in my blogs!

R.A.R.A….SECOND MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH…FREE OPEN MIC AT THE MACKINTOSH SPORTS CLUB…SEE YOU NEXT MONTH.

COME ONE, COME ALL! COME!!!!!

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