Space-ageddon

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!

Christmas special on 3rd December: Book because we love you.

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.

From sweaty amateurs to the Fringe

Two sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.
4-star reviews.
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!

Hope to see you there!

Buy your ticket

 

Oranges in Edinburgh

This year, for the first time, Rhymes With Orange is sending a crack squad of poets to the Edinburgh Fringe. Their mission has several objectives:
1. To experience the kind of inspiration that can only be found on a five hour train journey.
2. To spread peace, love and oranges to the people of Scotch.
3. To study the effect of longer daylight hours on creativity.
4. To visit the birthplace of Rhymer Thomas and find out why he turned out the way he did.
5. To bring back a year’s supply of Tunnock’s caramel wafers.
6. To find out whether the people of Scotch have any words that rhyme with orange.
But most importantly,
7. To dazzle audiences with a life-changing display of poetical brilliance.

It is a challenging mission, but luckily they have assembled a team so talented that if there were customs officials at the border, each member would be stopped for bringing twice their allowance of genius into the Land of Scotch.

The lineup:

Becky Dennis
The hardest-twerking woman in showbiz. Becky’s performance will include tales of revenge and an unexpected item in a swimming pool.

Stevie Tyler
Twice named Britain’s Filthiest Feminist. Stevie will take the stage to explain why she feels a deep connection with Hannibal Lecter.

Thomas Muirhead
The prodigal son returneth. Thomas has seen a vision of God, but it doesn’t look like you think.

 

Daniel Piper
Writerly comedian. Dan will take the audience on a dark and deeply personal journey into his soul as he experiments with modern Britain’s two great scourges: drugs and vegetarianism.

Kim Pryor
Super-smart polymath. Kim will lament the march of corporations and technology on childhood, mourning how “apple-bobbing” has come to mean dunking another kid’s iPhone in a bucket.

Ellie Dawes
Unusually committed pyjama-wearer. Ellie has met the real-life Peter Pan and it turns out he’s an insufferable twat.

 

Rachel Malham
Celebrity watcher. Rachel enters into correspondence with Maggie Gyllenhaal and snarfs a kebab with Kerry Katona.

 

Sam Wong
The scientist. Sam will employ slippery puns, musical wizardry, and empirical data to refute the hypothesis that there are plenty more fish in the sea.

With this formidable cadre of poets, the mission stands every chance of succeeding.

Rhymes With Orange will perform two shows at Underbelly, Cowgate on 17 and 25 August. Tickets are on sale now from the Underbelly website. The preview show in London on 9 July is almost sold out – BOOK NOW.

Introducing: Rhymes with Orange Wednesdays

From next week onwards, we’re meeting up to write every alternate Wednesday evening, and we’d love you to join us.

The Rhymes crew have been holding successful Breakfast of Champions writing breakfasts for yonks but apparently we’ve heard that some people don’t love to wake up early for a 7am pre-work writing sesh! So, for all you people of the night, we’ve decided to run some writing evenings.

Whatever your level of writing experience, please feel welcome to come along and join us. You can join in our inspiration exercises, or if you’re already inspired, work on your own ideas.

Rhymes with Orange are dedicated to supporting new writers until you’re brave enough to get on stage and read your poem out loud. We’ll offer support, helpful advice, constructive feedback, laughter and, when all else fails, wine. Plenty of wine*.

First Rhymes with Orange Wednesday: 4th March from 7pm at Euphorium Bakery, 202 Upper Street, Islington.

After this we’ll continue every other Wednesday, so March 11th, 18th, 25th etc. We’re trying out the venue though, so we’ll let you know if we decide to try a different place.

If you’re waiting for a prompt to start writing, this is it. See you there.

 

A diagram of how Rhymes with Orange works:

 

*you buy your own wine. We’re not some kind of charitable wine service.

Rhymes Big Massive Christmas Special

‘Tis the Season to be Orange

Here at Rhymes HQ we’re still buzzing from last week’s Rhymes Big Massive Christmas Special. If you were there, we hope you had a blast (and took part in both the Limerick Challenge and the “All I want for Christmas” stage invasion). If you weren’t, (and that’s possible, because it was a TOTAL SELL OUT), let us give you the rundown on what you missed.

Thomas our compere kicked off the night with us all singing that great classic poem ‘A Fairytale of New York’, accompanied by Open Mic Poet Sam Wong on ukelele.  Thomas judged the best jumper from a stage shortlist of three. I have to say I thought my own ‘Santa Paws’ pug jumper was pretty awesome, but…fair’s fair.

I joined the other featured performers Ellie, Stevie, Kim, Becky, Dan and Geoff in tackling this month’s theme of food. The winner of the last Rhymes Open Mic, Tom Gill, performed a cracking set accompanied by his guitarist and gave Morrissey a run for his money with his singing and his portrayal of modern love. Thom Hoffman won the Limerick Challenge with his “Grinch with chainsaw hands” and Sam Wong claimed the Orange Crussh Open Mic Crown for the second time.

The night didn’t finish with the poetry -oh ho no! The minute the poets left the stage, the merry revelling crowd stormed it and showcased their own creativity by busting ALL THE MOVES to Mariah.

I know I’m biased and I’ll tell you this is the best and most fun night out ever, but don’t just take my word for it – see for yourself at the first Rhymes of 2015, on Thursday 5th February.

Tickets are available now at: https://v1.bookwhen.com/rhymeswithorange

So, Thursday 5th February. Put it in your diary now in pen. Or, since it’s almost 2015, in your mobile telephone. Write it everywhere and see you there, oranginos and oranginas.

Merry Christmas and thanks for your support in 2014,

Rach and The Rhymes Crew x

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR 2ND BIRTHDAY – June 19th – and the theme is… DIRT

Yep, you read right – we’re being blatant this time, our theme for our 2nd birthday is dirt – so come prepared to listen to us twisting that topic into the darkest and dingiest of places.

June 19th 2014, Rhymes with Orange turns two. So, come and celebrate with us on what will be without doubt the greatest night of spoken word nonsense in the world ever – until we turn three that is.

We’ll have the FULL set of featured performers:

  • Ellie Dawes
  • Becky Dennis
  • Rachel Marsh
  • Thomas Muirhead
  • Dan Piper
  • Kimberley Pryor
  • Stevie Tyler
  • and our open mic winner from last night – Josh Allsopp

As well as the WORLD FAMOUS ORANGE CRUSH OPEN MIC. If you want one of the tickets for that – do make your way to the booking page: http://bookwhen.com/rhymeswithorange as soon as you can as there are only six places available.

In fact, all of you be warned, this event will sell out, so buy your tickets now so you don’t have to cry into your ready meal wishing you were there.

 

April Rhymes tickets on sale, plus catch us at a festival in a brewery

Firstly, you can book your tickets now for the next Rhymes! It be happening on 10th April at Bedroom Bar and you can book your tickets here.

If you want in on the open mic ACT FAST, just book a ticket and select open mic. 6 slots available, go go go.

The theme for this one is Play. If you’re performing on the open mic you can write about the theme, or not, we don’t really mind.

In other news, several of us shall be performing at this here festival on 24th May called Hear No Evil. You should come and say hello to us and cheer our poems.

It’s in a brewery so there will be beer, so that’s a bonus. And as an extra special BONUS bonus, it’s all for charity. so you’ll be enjoying us, lots of other cool stuff like music and comedy, and you’ll be supporting Macmillan Cancer Support who support people with cancer. All good things.

Sort your January out. Rhymes with Orange is this Thursday.

Ah, January. You’re a hard month to love. The weather is awful, everyone is poor and on a diet, or even worse, off the booze. You’re a four week guilt trip that no one needs. The days are still so short that many of us only ever go outside in the dark and there aren’t even any Christmas lights up to make it look pretty.

But you’re nearly over! Hooray! Soon it will be February and that means it is almost time for SPRING. More importantly, it means most people have finally cracked and agreed that, yes, they should be fun and come out and do something that doesn’t involve wearing a onesie and watching repeats of CSI.
And this is where WE come in, oranges and oranginas! We ARE that fun.
Rhymes with Orange is this Thursday and we have a rhyme-slinging, shaker-shaking, beer-drinking poetry ruckus heading towards us faster than you can say ‘No booze for me, Im doing dry-January’.
The theme is Revenge – so we are hoping for some laughs, some chills and probably something a little bit creepy. The poets are in full swing and we can’t wait to see you there, so get a ticket on the website or just turn up on the door ready to blast the January blues away!

Get your advance tickets now

Deets:
Bedroom Bar (upstairs in the comedy theatre)
66-68 Rivington St, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY
Doors 7pm, show 8pm
£5 in advance, £6 on the door

Havant Literary Festival: Rhymes with Orange on Tour!

Last weekend your favourite spoken word night packed up its shakers and shuffled on down to the south coast to bring our unique brand of rhyme to the Havant masses.

It was Havant Literary Festival and we were invited to run our night on the Sunday. There were some differences to our usual setup. In place of the night sky was blinding sunshine as it was a 1pm slot; in place of shots were roast dinners; and instead of a room of 100 two-drinks-in punters were a cast of 40 ranging from dogs to kids to granddads. And boy did that excite us.  We are used to performing to a liveley evening audience willing you to do well and up for a night of laughter but with the motley crew we’d gathered up, we didn’t know what to expect.

Well, we had nothing to worry about. Ellie Dawes kicked us off with her fox onesie crowd-pleaser and they immediately warmed. They first enjoyed Ellie’s set, followed  by me, then by Stevie, who’s stalking poem had the audience in fits, and finished up with Thomas whose old-favourite, Hula Hoops went down a storm. The applause didn’t end there though, because we had special guest Audi Maserati with us and his 80s-rant style poetry entertained us until the roast dinner plates were squeaky clean.

The Limerick Challenge was a full one with the prompts being literary characters and places – around 15 people came up and showed us their lyrical skills entertaining us with the real story behind such literary favourites as Heathcliff and Oliver Twist.. The open mic was equally successful with Daisy Dawes taking the title after her poem about her sister (our very own Ellie) and their not-so-secrets-anymore.

Over the weekend, our stand-up poets were also asked to perform on the town stage and to partake in some guerilla poetry. I tell you, accidental swears in a church and library aren’t nearly as embarrassing as you’d think – the unexpected performances were mostly well-received (we shan’t talk about Barclays Bank…) and we all appreciated having to get out of our comfort zone.

We had a great time in Havant. It was a fantastic opportunity to do a daytime gig, to work with a new audience in a new location and introduce some more people to spoken word. Thanks Havant for Having us – hopefully we’ll be invited back next year!