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This article was published 18/7/2017 (826 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
Updated on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 4:16 PM CDT: Adds review