Wordplay @ The Good Ship 4th August 2009

Ash Sarkar
Ash Sarkar

I arrived at The Good Ship at 5.30pm which was early considering doors did not open till 7pm. Well I went in and looked at the new issue if NME. Well the way it was set up was very nice. The area where the stage was is dipped so there were seats laid out. When the time was approaching 8pm I got up and moved to the seated area. I got a seat right at the very front and then Rebecca Fenton who was the host of the night came onstage. Rebecca then read out a short poem and then introduced each act by reading out a short bio about that person. Well first up was Ash Sarkar who has recently done Latitude. She performed poems one was about football Chorley Town to be exact. Another one was called Conviction. Ash was on for about 15 minutes and performed other poems as well.

Tom Sears
Tom Sears
Chrissy Williams
Chrissy Williams
Stuart Evers
Stuart Evers

After Ash, Rebecca took the stage to introduce the next poet. This being Tom Sears who read out a story about A Fly and Umbrella. During the reading a couple of tears ran down Tom’s face. It was a good story it captivated me. After Rebecca came back onto the stage and introduced Chrissy Williams who read out some poetry some which were short poems one being about a Sauropod. Stuart Evers is next who reads out a short story and after it was a musical interlude.

John T Angle and the Spirit Levels
John T Angle and the Spirit Levels

The musical interlude saw John T Angle and the Spirit Levels provide a stunning 6 track set. Well the set saw Laura Hegarty on acoustic guitar sitting down on a stool. Well songs sung were Last Night, This Window, Don’t You Belong Now, Dragon Sigh, Cowboy and Put Your Winter On. Now I really enjoyed the songs very mellow and I loved the acoustic feel of the songs. I would definitely like to hear the songs and more again. Having a interlude was a good idea but having a interlude with live music wasn’t a good idea. Some people were sat down to hear the music others were going to the bar to get drinks and have a chat. Well as it was a interlude everyone was entitled to do what they liked whether it was getting a drink or having a conversation. But they were missing a brilliant musician.

Nathan Penlington
Nathan Penlington
After the interlude it was onto the first featured guest. This being Nathan Penlington. Now Nathan is a poet however his set had no poetry whatsoever. There was one poem which was one of Uri Gellar’s poems from his autobiography My Story. The whole set was very Uri orientated which involved magic tricks some which astounded me. One trick saw Nathan pick out someone from the audience. The girl then sat on a stool which had a envelope saying Uri made you pick this stool and the other envelope said Uri made you pick that stool. Quite bizarre and Nathan got out a copy of Uri Gellar’s novel Dead Cold and said to this girl pick a random page and pick out a word. She did pick out a word and Nathan got the word that was picked out spot on, The word being husband-sized. Another trick saw Nathan bending a spoon with his bare hands but the trick was to see the spoon straighten. Well after everyone started to chant straighten the spood did so. Well Nathan’s time on stage was enjoyable but freaky at the same time.
Laura Dockrill
Laura Dockrill
Last on the night was the incredible Laura Dockrill whom performed 5 pieces of her incredable poetry that I have seen performed so many times. The first being a new poem called The Bumless Boy. A poem that had its first outing at the Southbank Centre in early July. Well the title of the poem is self explanotory it is about a boy who was born without a bumhole. Now this poem was a funny one Laura gets into character really easy and she puts everything into her poems. Next is Mazes a poem that Laura has not performed for a while. But Laura said she had fallen in love with Limp Bizkit as she saw them at the HMV Forum last weekend. Well it is a really good poem one that I really enjoy. I like the way this poem flows I like its fast pace. Heaven Knows is next up. Whenever I have heard this poem its been simply amazing. One thing that makes it amazing is Laura gets into character very easy and there are a few laughs from the audience. Well this is a extremely powerful poem and it is about a try hard mum who tries to fit in with the younger generation. Cowboy is next Laura says it is a short story. It is kind of sad really as the cowboy gets shot in the end. Now I have heard this poem a number of times and this time it was completely faultless. Laura got it absolutely spot on. Well the final poem of the night was Skin which is a short powerful poem. Well this poem got the laughs.
OVERALL: This was a brilliant night and a really good mixture of music, poetry, short stories and even a bit of magic. I saw 6 acts whom I wouldnt even of come across if I didn’t attend the night. Everyone on the night was absolutely amazing. The way the night was organised was really good and it was well put together.
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