And so it came to pass that last night was another belting night of rhymes, words, songs, laughs, tears (happy and sad), moving and, of course, shaking. Not to mention David Bowie.
The Starman’s presence was felt throughout the evening as several poets took the opportunity to pay tributes both hilarious and touching. As well as Bowie we had:
- a cynical spaceman floating towards a black hole
- a Dragon’s Den pitch for the newly discovered SPACE TIME (between Sunday and Monday)
- a touching tribute to Christa McAuliffe, set to be the first teacher in space
- an angry pedant who hates Star Wars (‘there’s no sound in space!’)
- online comments about a ‘real life’ alien sighting
- a poem about kitchen sex
and waaaay waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more. We’re back on 24 March so see you again at the Bedroom Bar! Keep your eyes peeled for tickets, theme and those all-important open mic slots!
Every year our Christmas show sells out in advance.
Every year we tell everyone it’s going to sell out in advance. Book early.
Every year, many people say to each other: “It’s just a sales tactic, we’ll be fine booking a couple of days before or something. Surely poetry nights don’t sell out in advance? Especially not in the busy festive season. No need to book now.”
You know what happens to those people?
THEY MISS OUT ON THE PACKED-OUT ROOM OF JOY:
THEY MISS OUT ON THE LOVE:
THEY MISS OUT ON THE OPEN MIC SHENANIGANS:
THEY MISS OUT ON GIN-ADDLED STAGE BANTZ:
THEY MISS OUT ON EPIC JUMPER ACTION:
THEY MISS OUT ON THE UNASHAMED FESTIVE GEEKERY:
They miss out on the Beyonce stage invasions, the pube jokes, the special guests, the mince pies, the impromptu after party where Ellie’s mum dances until 3am. In short, they miss a night so fun no-one can pause for long enough to take decent photographs of it.
We love you, and don’t want you to miss out. That’s why we tell you to book a ticket. BOOK A TICKET.
Two sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.
How did we get here?!
I distinctly remember the first show Rhymes With Orange did three years ago. Our friends and us packed into the too small, upstairs events room of a pub. The original Oranges all sweating bullets, more from nerves than the sweltering heat – most of us had never written and read stand-up poems before.
Now: Fast-forward to the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Big Belly space at Underbelly Cowgate is buzzing.
Kim slinks up to the stage wearing a beret and an expression of mock angst. She launches into a melodramatic, clichéd confession of PAIN (oh the pain!)
At first the audience quiets, not sure what to make of it. Then: Thomas leaps up, kicks her off the stage, and tells the audience how it’s actually going to be: shake those rattles! The audience whoops and hollers and we’re off!
It’s another night of raucous, high-energy stand-up poetry that our regular audiences have come to know. The show is especially polished and tight. Each of us performs one poem and introduces the next poet, one after another, ultimately returning to stage multiple time to reprise some of the audiences’ (and our!) favourite pieces from the past few years.
Personally, I was blown away. Having had to bow out after the first year of RWO to study in America, it was a mind blowing to see how much people had grown in the subsequent two years. No more sweaty amateurs playing to their friends. These were supremely confident performers and poets – dare I say professionals? – rocking a fringe audience in a professional venue. Our reviewers agreed, claiming, “[these] writers and poets perform with verve, energy and real commitment.” And that was our first show (THEY SHOULD HAVE SEEN THE SECOND.)
This wasn’t an accident. Lots of work went into the show as the crew honed their favourite material, trialed it at the preview show and rehearsed it repeatedly the days leading up to our first show. The founding members – Kim, Stevie, Rachel, Thomas, and I – along with more recent but seasoned Rhymers, Becky, Ellie, Sam, and Dan, wanted to make sure the audience had a good time and that we showed Underbelly we could bring in a crowd.
In the end, we were happy. The Underbelly was happy. The audience was happy.
And now, we get to start over.
This Thursday, it’s an ALL NEW SHOW.
New pieces for your stand-up poetry pleasure!
Stevie Tyler on the mic as compere.
And who knows? Maybe the seeds of our next sold out show at Fringe!
Open mic slots for Rhymes with Orange sell out fast. The first people to hear when they go on sale are the people on our email list, so for your best chance to brave the stage, sign up for our lovely occasional emails (left).