“It’s sardonic, often, but also empathetic, cathartic or sometimes plain pissed off!”
WHO: Greg Byron: Writer/ performer
WHAT: “‘Excellent show’ (FringeReview.co.uk). Sardonic, comic, whimsical, sometimes just poignant or cathartic, but always ‘keeps you constantly engaged’ (Kansas City Star) delivering verses on life, the universe and everything… ‘There’s a power in both the words and delivery’ (FringeReview.co.uk). ‘A fully licensed wordsmith. A man with a brilliant turn of phrase… Sharp and witty, the nuances of tone, intonation, timing, body language and facial cues give canyons of depth’ ***** (RAW). ‘A wonderful wandering bard’ (BarefootReview.com.au). ‘Defying classification, Byron leaves us wanting more’ (BroadwayWorld.com). ‘Like watching John Cooper Clarke snog John Hegley while Pam Ayres watches’ (BBC Radio Sussex).”
WHERE: Imagination Workshop – Princes Suite (Venue 119)
WHEN: 19:00 (55 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
It isn’t – it’s my third visit doing poetry, but first not in Assembly – I’m down on George Street this year, among the crowds – not aloof and up the vast amount of steps halfway up The Mound.
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?
I took my previous show to Adelaide in Australia, and was offered a job there – which I turned down!
Tell us about your show.
I wrote it – it’s called “Stand-Up Poet” not because it’s all funny (though some of it is plain silly) but because it’s the closest description I could think of to describe what I do! It’s sardonic, often, but also empathetic, cathartic or sometimes plain pissed off! I can’t stand lies from politicians and the state the world’s in – and I think that comes across whether I’m talking about the USA, plastic pollution or trophy wives. Still – we also need humour more than ever.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
Loud Poets – always good!
Edalia Day at Zoo – “Too Pretty To Punch” – no idea but the trailer looks fab!
Bible John from “Poor Michelle” – promising new writing
Pip Utton – at Pleasance
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