The last Kool-Aid Cabaret was a heady brew of stimulation, inspiration and reflection. Not often do you see the funky, the political and the poetic all weaved together with an eclectic blend of original music and comedy. No mumbling fops in velvet capes here, with Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby running the show and throwing us tasty morsels from their modern epic, ‘Sampo’.
Local poet Carmen Thompson was like a siren on the stage, her poetry filled with sex, wit and myth.
Dizzylez from Avignon recorded his voice live into a looper to build up layers of sound (the sea, breakbeats, hi-hats, mouth trombone) before rapping out poetry over the top.
Kayo Chingonyi gave us poems inspired by the house scene, back in the days of Larry Levan, such as ‘The Colour of James Brown’s Scream‘.
In amongst all this we were treated to other poems about life, death, sex and night furies; protest songs, didgeridoos, a bluesy version of Billy Gene; and comedy sketches (including a valiant attempt to explain politics through the medium of a banana).
The last of the Teesside Cabarets connected to The Intercity Flow Project brings together poets from Denmark, London and Teesside (Claus Ankersen and Maja Petrea Fox, Jacob Sam-La Rose and Rachel Long, Jo Colley and Serena Rana-Rahman).
Plus live music from The Electric Kool-Aid Trio, the incredible Curse Pie & The Amplifier, songwriter slot from James Senior, comedy sketches and other unexpected intrigues. Don’t miss it!
The Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret, 22nd April, 7.30pm at Tuned In! Majuba Road, TS10 5BJ Redcar. £4/£5 on the door (free for anyone 19 years or under, discount for members of the Teesside Literary Society)
Photographs @ Kev Howard, used by kind permission.