5 spoken word shows to catch at the Fringe
Tony Wilson Funeral - Manchester

It doesn’t all have to side-splitting belly laughs this August. You can also see something a little more thought-provoking with our pick of the spoken word shows.

Loud Poets

Raucous poetry stylings from Scotland and the wider world, Loud Poets deliver a slam poetry show with a live musical backing where every night is something different. Who says poetry nights have to be sombre and reflective?

1-26 Aug, Scottish Storytelling Centre/St. John’s Church, £8, more info

‘Arrest that Poet!’

Danny Chivers may appear to be a foppish young man from Bristol – partly because he is. But as well as this, he is also a politically active slam poet who has been chained to a construction company’s staircase and sued for five million pounds. Danny talks about his scrapes with the ‘powers that be’ (and Richard Madeley) over the issues of climate change and environmental causes in a shows that’s both funny and thought-provoking.

2-13 Aug, Stafford Centre, free, more info

John Robb: Louder Than War

Tony Wilson Funeral - Manchester

A show from award-winning music journalist and Manchester-based culture guru John Robb will be joined by a range of figures from the worlds of music, media, literature, comedy and science to discuss everything from punk rock to the universe.

11-12 Aug, Bob & Miss Behave’s Bookshop, £5, more info

Knife Whimsy

As abstract a prospect as you would expect from a group called Chutney Exhibition, Knife Whimsy promises a mixture of poetry, spoken word strangeness and a ‘linguistic battle between Robert Pattinson and Justin Bieber’. We have no idea either, but we’re definitely intrigued.

12-16 Aug, George Next Door, Free, more info 

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves…

Breath-taking. AYMDAAGDAAOMSRIARCF56MATL  returns for a sixth consecutive year. It’s vital to turn up early as this will more than likely sell out.

18 Aug, Voodoo Rooms, Free, more info