STAGE REVIEW: Rowan McCabe – Door To Door Poet @ Live Theatre, Newcastle (02.02.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Taking the less-than-flattering public perception of a poet and spinning it on its head, door-to-door poet Rowan McCabe is an interesting and modern variant of what it means to be somebody who identifies as a poet. Mixing his gentle, wide-eyed persona with the interesting social commentary style of rock/soul/funk greats Dr. John Cooper Clarke and Gil Scott-Heron, McCabe’s poetry is an interesting blend of glass-half-full optimism aligned with deep cultural insights and perceptions about changing times.   

Set within the general narrative of McCabe’s 2019 tour of Britain, Door-to-Door Poetry: Nationwide is a clever vehicle to showcase McCabe’s poetry as he tells his story of travelling the British Isles as a door-to-door poet and finding out about the secrets of strangers. Exploring various cultural and regional divides within Britain, including North v South, Past v Present, Haves v Have-nots, McCabe’s stories and poems, all told in a range of different aesthetics, rhythms and characters are equally funny and heart-wrenching. Humorous, fully engaged and seemingly having the time of his life on stage, McCabe is perfect as a storyteller beckoning you to look for the silver linings in life and to think about poetry in a different way to what tradition would suggest.    

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