“I needed a direct form of expression – so poetry is what came out!”
WHO: Gavin Robertson, Writer/Performer
WHAT: “Appearing as performance poet Greg Byron. His poems reflect life’s confusions and cruelties, from social comment to quantum physics, with a grimace, a twinkle and a wry pointy finger! Poetry and prose… From witty to wistful, outraged to downright angry… Following 2016’s hits The Six-Sided Man and Escape From the Planet of the Day That Time Forgot! (Phew!) Greg has performed in the USA, the UK, Australia and Japan, on beaches, in bars, bookshops, tents and forests…”
WHERE: Assembly Hall (Venue 35)
WHEN: 12:20 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
I first visited in 1987 with what became a West End hit, Thunderbirds F.A.B… I’ve brought my own shows (often) and been in 12 Angry Men with a load of comics including Dave Johns, Phil Nicol and Bill Bailey, the notorious Cuckoo’s Nest with Christian Slater, and last year at Assembly with The Six-Sided Man and Escape From The Planet of The Day That Time Forgot!
Tell us about your show.
This year I’m here in a different guise- a persona called Greg Byron- Performance Poet. It’s a risk because ‘he’ has no history! I wanted to make a 3rd solo theatre show but the world around me- Trump, the Tories etc made me so angry I couldn’t write a ‘story’ I needed a direct form of expression – so poetry is what came out! I’m taking ‘Greg’ to the USA in October; we’ll see what they make of my sardonic anti-Trump rhymes!
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
Hmmm… I’d always recommend a Dyad show, this year at Assembly with The Time Machine. Shellshock at Sweet Venues is great, and I want to see Loud Poets who are a regular Edinburgh group.
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