Spoken word is flourishing in the city of Lincoln (UK) and now there is an exciting new venue! The Poetry Green Room – Open Mic, set up by Gemma Baker. It has a fresh take on performance space which is a wonderful template for others to follow. It is in a small, private club, so there is a dedicated space with no external noise and it feels very welcoming with its intimate space and perfect little mice-d up stage.
There have been lots of opportunities for spoken word fans to participate in energetic Gemma Baker’s gigs. See details at www.gemmabakerpoet.uk. Now she has set up a new space for poets to perform. The Word Theatre*, at the Theatre Royal Lincoln, hosts professional performers and the ATG slam** , with its competitive format, is not for everyone. The Poetry Green Room Open Mic offers a third way; a level playing field where anyone who wants to can join in and perform or watch.
It is designed to be a nonthreatening, easy-going group open to any age from 16 up. Its focus is on support and development, with workshop elements and a brief to also welcome experimental work with music and props.
Here are its stated aims:-
“The Poetry Green Room is a welcoming and supportive Poetry Open Mic that encourages both new and existing performers to develop through experimentation, feedback, and support.
The night consists of:
The New Performers Section – This is perfect for those that haven’t yet plucked up the courage to get on stage, or have only recently begun performing. We will give you basic performance advice prior to your performance. But there’s no pressure here, you can mess up, you can forget your lines, it doesn’t matter. Everyone starts somewhere and we’re here to egg you on!
The Practice Section – So you’ve been doing this a while, but you’re still not 100% confident with your performance. Maybe one line in particular keeps tripping you up? Maybe you would like to bring more energy into your performance but are a little apprehensive? This section is for you. We will give you tips and advice on how to develop your performance.
The Experiment Section – Are you looking to piece together a support or headline set but need to practice? Or are you keen to experiment with music, props, or other art forms? Then this section is for you. We’ll give you feedback and advice on how to approach promoters, with suggestions and contacts for nights around the UK.
There will be a small workshop element to the night, with different topics covered each event.
In the intervals and at the end of the night we encourage performers and audience members to chat about the performances, support each other, discuss collaborations, and give advice.
Sign up on the event wall (stating which section you’d like to perform in), or email [email protected]
(sign-ups also taken on the door if not full)
You don’t need to perform to come along! Audience welcome.
Exceptionally cheap drinks!
We will be running on a monthly basis until after Christmas, where we will then be considering either a weekly or bi-weekly event.”
33 Tentercroft Street
LN5 7DB Lincoln, Lincolnshire
“the WORD theatre brings the BIGGEST, most exciting, and relevant Spoken Word artists in the UK to the stunning theatre stage of the New Theatre Royal every month. Set to be one of the UK’s biggest Spoken Word nights, featuring award winning performers from around the county, an open mic, and live music. “
The ATG SLAM – “Lincoln’s most raucous night of rhymes – 12 poets, 2 rounds, 3 minutes…What is a Slam I hear you cry! Performers get 3 minutes in each of the two rounds to perform a poem, the audience scores each performance out of ten and the winning slammer walks away with £35 and bragging rights, with 2nd place receiving £15 and still a fair amount of bragging rights.”