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Perform a poem at Rhymes with Orange: challenge complete!

Andy J
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08 Jan 2014

It's been over a month since my last challenge update, and, in truth I haven't made anywhere near as much progress as I should have done as work, Christmas and the small matter of getting engaged got have taken up a lot of my time.

Despite the distractions, I did manage to complete another challenge over the festive period, performing a poem at Rhymes with Orange.

For those of you that aren't familiar with it, Rhymes with Orange is a monthly spoken word-come-poetry evening run by a group of supremely talented and highly creative individuals including a number of colleagues from LLR.

Held at a packed Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch, the evening started with performances from the poets in residence - seasoned performers with a clear gift of the gab. I enjoyed all of the acts, especially Sam Wong's take on Fantasy Football but my favourite poem of the evening was Kim and Ellie's Astronomy v Astrology - think the Streets Irony of it all only better and without the dodgy beat!

Check out their performance for yourself in the video below:

Whilst listening to the regulars tear up the microphone was entertaining, each time an act went up I felt that little bit more nervous as it brought my own turn on stage that little bit closer.

After a short break which gave audience members the opportunity to write and perform lymerics and me the chance to sink a couple of ciders for dutch courage, it was time for Open mic and my big moment.

I can't remember exactly what point I was summoned to take up the mic but I actually felt pretty good when I got to the stage thanks to the enthusiastic and friendly crowd who had been masterfully whipped up into a frenzy by our compaire, Thomas.

The poem - a daft tale about a curious boy called George and his chance meeting with a sparrow - actually went pretty well considering I hadn't had any time to practice it beforehand. My only regret is that  I rushed my delivery of the punchline in my desperation to get to the end. This resulted in me being met by deathly silence for the first few seconds before the audience caught up.

Sadly we didn't manage to catch my performance on camera, however Lauren did take this picture shortly before I stepped up to the mic:

All in all, it was a fantastic evening and I'm really proud that I got myself out of my comfort zone to give it a go. Would I do it again? Definitely! Although I'd want to spend a bit more time on my poem first as I know I could do better.

I'll have to put that on hold for a while though as I've got the small matter of another 27 challenges to go! 

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Catriona Taylor

A big well done for your performing your poem Andy, and congratulations on your engagement! Catriona


Well done mate ! :)

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