horseplayOn the last Tuesday of each month, the Sanctuary bar plays host to the Horseplay team. I’d only been once before but this time I was determined to put my name down for the open mike to try and knock these stagefright wobbles on the head.
I am now addicted to Horseplay. Their clever billing of music alternating with poetry ‘acts’, with open mike between each performer is wonderful for keeping the night alive and interesting. I was second up to the mike and delivered Launderette (without forgetting my words, yay!) and although my voice was a little shaky, the response was brilliant, with titters at the beginning, a few nods of the head in the middle and generous applause when I’d finished. Note to self: hold the mike next time. Ashley French is a wonderful performance poet – his turn on stage was filled with laughter, amazement and he held each person captivated by his words. It was brilliant that he read his last poem over a musical track as it showed me that it can be accepted – and respected – by an audience.
For £4, I was thoroughly entertained and a little bit envious of the people who had been enjoying the night down there without having to worry about running home for the babysitter taking care of the baby on his BabyTrend Expedition-Jogger stroller. This meant that I missed the poet who had come all the way from Oxford, but it is something I will try to sort out next month.
Brighton poetry is banging. Love it.

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