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Jem Rolls Attacks the Silence
The always reliable Scottish word machine Jem Rolls can be counted on to perform linguistic acrobats at breakneck speed while taunting, chiding and celebrating the world around him.
He returns to the land of the iPegs for the 11th consecutive year with his first love poem, the world’s first backstage poem and to mark the billions of words released through WikiLeaks, a poem three letters long. As well he will recite his newest piece, a heartfelt appreciation of the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.
The backstage poem is the most amusing as he reveals the internal drama of creating poetry when its hard to find a word he can trust since they all vote Republican and will flirt with you just to get included in a line. He finds they can gang up on him and say mean things. Rolls is on top of his game with a program that is his most accessible and entertaining in years.
- Kevin Prokosh
(Review based on a show seen at an Ontario fringe festival in June.)
From the Fringe program:
First the words rev up, then they start rebelling.
With one sweet pop song, a mighty happy downer, the odd personal fiasco, some very drippy l-o-v-e, and the hyperspeedy arrival of the future. Plus enough chummy insults for everyone.
Cast: jem rolls
5 Stars "Dynamic, hilarious, riveting… A high performance master." - Winnipeg Free Press.
5 Stars "Highest calibre… Remarkable presence… Brilliant." - Montreal Gazette.
"Hilarious… hypnotic… A true Fringe gem." - Toronto Now.
Includes 2013 version of famed ode to the Winnipeg Fringe.
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 mins.
Under 18 not admitted.
Updated on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 8:51 AM CDT: