The nature of a competition means that the best person in the tournament wins. Right? Er, well you might be wrong, at least when it comes to Anti-Slam. Usually if you head off to a poetry night you’d be hoping to hear some beautiful imagery and thought-provoking verses. Not here. At the Anti-Slam, taking place at Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre on Thursday 15th September, the name of the game is to produce the most cringe-worthy, hilariously bad, embarrassing pseudo-poetry imaginable, all in the effort to be crowned Anti-Slam champion.
Varjack & Simpson – who love low culture as much as high-brow intellectualism – are bringing together a mix of some of the country’s best spoken word artists, stand-up comedians and theatre performers to show off their worst side. Having sold out events across the world, including shows at the Edinburgh Fringe for two years running, the Anti-Slam has won over both poetry buffs and dissenters. So even if you don’t know your Byron from your Baudelaire, this is one slam you won’t want to miss. It really will be so bad it’s good.