We chatted to Loud Poets about their show at VAULT Festival, a spoken word night that blends poetry, live music and film.
Who is Loud Poets for?
Loud Poets is for everyone! We were founded on making poetry for the masses. At the core of our work, our goal is to make poetry something that everyone can be interested in and enjoy. We use music and visuals as well as writing about relatable topics, from the political or poignant to funny or inspiring, in order to create a show that is accessible and entertaining.
Who is involved?
We’re quite an eclectic group of artists! We’re a team of poets and musicians, and we also have a videographer who produces images/videos which are used in the show. You won’t see the entire team, but everyone who works for us has put something into this show. The poets in the show will be Doug Garry, Katie Ailes, Kevin Mclean and Mark Gallie. All of us came to poetry in different ways, through acting, music, dance or theatre: we’ve got a wide range of backgrounds!
What can a poetry novice expect from your night at VAULT?
Expect poetry as you’ve never seen or heard it before. Expect poignancy that hits you, comedy that makes you laugh out loud, political pieces which make you engage. Expect to have those nightmares of studying poetry at school well and truly vanquished!
What shows at VAULT are you looking forward to?
We’re looking forward to Tiger and Orpheus. Both shows use spoken word in a different way to us and we always like to see people do new things with poetry and theatre. We were lucky enough to see Tiger at the Prague Fringe last year and it was incredible, so we’re hoping to find loads more amazing shows while we’re at VAULT!
You can see the Loud Poets from 7-11 March at 6pm (then hop over to The Cage to see Follow Suit!)