When I first began watching spoken word, it always seemed incredible to me that poets could memorise entire sets of material and perform them live what seemed like effortlessly (same goes for actors and musicians). I wondered how they held it all in their heads, and how they could still seem like they were telling a story for the first time even though they knew it word for word! Now that I’ve been performing poetry for about two years, I generally perform most of my material off-book. When I first started, it was pretty intimidating (and I still get very angry butterflies in my stomach every time I perform a new piece off-book the first time), but thanks to advice from other performers and techniques I developed in my own practice, it’s gotten much easier to learn and perform new material. So, here I’d like to share some of the memorisation and performance techniques that have helped me along the way, in case they’re useful for other folks. More after the jump!
- Performing at the Book Week Scotland Poetry Slam November 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, UK http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/8551/book-week-scotland-poetry-slam-2017
- Support act at Ben Fagan's Book Launch December 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Cl, Edinburgh EH8 8DT, UK https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/some-traveller-launch-ben-fagan-spoken-word-and-opera-tickets-39544490636
Follow me on TwitterMy Tweets