Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 18/7/2017 (1053 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
You’ve heard of "a-play-within-a-play?" How about a competition within a play?
The Winnipeg slam poets here aren’t just performing- they’re competing in elimination rounds where the winner(s) will return at the final Fringe Fest performance and possibly advance to represent Winnipeg in a National competition.
Each show features a different warmup "sacrificial poet" (Saturday’s show had U.K. fringe performer Rob Gee), followed by host Rob Malo explaining slam etiquette to the audience (If you like what you hear, snap your fingers instead of shouting approval). Meanwhile, the judges with their Olympics-style scorecards sit among the audience.
Topics covered by Saturday’s poets included motherhood, weakness vs. strength and even choosing pro-life over poverty. There was a haiku-writing competition for audience members and Malo even managed to turn a simple children’s book into slam poetry simply by using inflection.
If you’re looking for something different (but not too weird) to add to your Fringe experience, try this.
— Janice Sawka
From the Fringe program:
po·et·ry slam, noun: a performance poetry competition using elimination by audience judges.
Featuring our city's top SLAM poets and Fringe veterans!
Mike Johnston (National Underground Champ), Steve Locke (Uniter 30 Favourite), Kimmy Zee (Stretchmarks - 4 STARS, Best of Fest!) and many more!
Host Rob Malo (TiBert Kitchen Party - 5 STARS) will be your guide.
Four poets daily; new, original work; random audience judges!No two shows are alike!
Come back again and again. Who will be crowned 2017 SLAM! Champion?
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Mild language
Your support has enabled us to provide free access to stories about COVID-19 because we believe everyone deserves trusted and critical information during the pandemic.
Our readership has contributed additional funding to give Free Press online subscriptions to those that can’t afford one in these extraordinary times — giving new readers the opportunity to see beyond the headlines and connect with other stories about their community.
To those who have made donations, thank you.
To those able to give and share our journalism with others, please Pay it Forward.
The Free Press has shared COVID-19 stories free of charge because we believe everyone deserves access to trusted and critical information during the pandemic.
While we stand by this decision, it has undoubtedly affected our bottom line.
After nearly 150 years of reporting on our city, we don’t want to stop any time soon. With your support, we’ll be able to forge ahead with our journalistic mission.
If you believe in an independent, transparent, and democratic press, please consider subscribing today.
We understand that some readers cannot afford a subscription during these difficult times and invite them to apply for a free digital subscription through our Pay it Forward program.
Updated on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 4:16 PM CDT: Adds review