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 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


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:

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: 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.


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

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

Rhymes with Orange turns one year old!

It’s been a year. One whole earth year since Rhymes with Orange set up shop and started disseminating our lyrical service to the masses. To celebrate this mighty achievement, we are throwing a birthday party! It’ll be the usual Rhymes with Orange nonsense but with much more orange paraphernalia. We promise the following – Bunting (standard party behaviour), cake (standard party bahviour), FREE ORANGES (non-standard (exceptionally kind) behaviour) and more poetry than you can shake a lyrical stick at.

The open mic will be a bumper one, not least because among the prizes is an ORANGE SPACEHOPPER (cue audience *ooooooooo*s). We are excited to get a load of the open micers back that have graced our stage over the last year. They are the ones that have inspired us, kept us going and are the reason we are here – to help you get from page to stage.

So come to the night and help us celebrate – we are celebrating you, our audience, our faithful supporters, our orange shaker-enthusiasts, our poets, our comedians, our brave stage-goers, our limerick-virgins and limericks-pros, our Rhymes with Orange family!

Get your advance tickets now

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


Finally, we’ll leave you with a few words about the night from some of our Twitter peeps and attendees* to persuade you that not coming on 18th June will be the worst decision you ever made:


“Rhymes with Orange makes me feel vital with life and creativity and in some way, has saved me” – R.Boudour


“I thought it was going to be shit, but actually it was really good” – H.Winter


“Rhymes with Orange is the reason I am the man I am today” – Anand Modha (@Modhabobo), inventor of the term hypnorape


“Rhymes with Orange is the most fun you can have without lube” – Ellie “onesie” Dawes


*These were in no way harvested through leading questions or threatening tweets.



12th Dec – Mega Bumper Christmas Special

We’re bringing back our merry mix of spoken word, stand-up poetry, and creative mayhem to the dark streets of Kings Cross with our Mega Bumper Hyper Massive Christmas Special:

Past winners of the Orange Crush open mic make magic with your (holiday) seasoned hosts, Stevie Tyler, Kim Pryor, Thomas Muirhead, and Chris Wolfe. And plenty of opportunities for audience involvement!

This month’s Christmas theme is there to get the creative juices flowing, but whether you bring your lyrical cheer or listening ears, the open mic is there to ring in the holidays with whatever creative spirit you bring.

Rhymes with Orange began with 5 creative people, 7am writing groups and a challenge to perform our own spoken word…that spiralled wildly out of control!

Put the date in your diary! Tickets are for sale in advance – and might sell out.


And for no real reason I thought I’d stick in this stock image of christmas oranges: