Hammer & Tongue presents: Scroobius Pip & Hollie McNish

Published On April 3, 2014 | By Kathleen Steeden | Theatre & Arts Reviews & Previews

28 May
8pm (Doors 7pm)

Bringing you literary communication for the hip-hop generation, Hammer & Tongue presents a Brighton Festival special, with bearded wordsmith Scroobius Pip and performance poet Hollie McNish. They are joined by Brighton-based improv-rapper Gramski and the open poetry slam, which sees local poets step to the stage.

Mainstay of the UK spoken word scene, Scroobius Pip is perhaps best known as one half of the duo dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip, whose latest album Repent Replenish Repeat topped the Official Record Store Chart on its release last Autumn. Set against electronic beats and rapped in his distinctive Essex twang, his words deal with subjects as diverse as religion, interracial relationships and… the periodic table? For this Hammer & Tongue festival special he’ll be taking it back to his roots and delivering a set of dextrous, mind-bending poetry. “Not just a spoken word artist and social commentator, but a spectacularly smart one.” ***** – Three Weeks Magazine.

Spoken word artist and published poet Hollie McNish has gained a reputation for her insightful, politically aware content and calmly self-assured delivery. Her poem ‘Mathematics’ went viral for its cutting insight into tabloid rhetoric around immigration, while her album Push Kick was prized for contributions to maternal research by the University of London. Her thought-provoking poetry has earned praise from diverse audiences – she’s performed at London’s Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Bar and on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. “I can’t take my ears off her.” – Benjamin Zephaniah

Known best for the raucous annual Poets versus MCs competition, Hammer & Tongue is Brighton’s celebrated slam poetry night, credited with reviving the medium in the UK and bringing some of the scene’s leading lights to the fore. Representing Brighton-based improv rap collective The Spoken Herd will be local MC Gramski, delivering freestyles that are propulsively witty and inventive, often building his performances around complex wordplay.

Aspiring wordsmiths will also have their chance to lyricise on stage alongside the established professionals in the Open Poetry Slam – sign up on the door for a slot!

Hosted by Rosy Carrick and Mike Parker, this is hip-hop for the intelligentsia.


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