Harry Baker is the World Poetry Slam champ and it’s plain to see why; this is not poetry as you know it. In an hour of theatrical stage play, hip-hop hands and seamless costume changes, he specialises in ‘’forcing poetry where it shouldn’t be’’. His poems, inspired by autobiographical events from pole dancing to German rap, are primed for comic value, littered with blistering word play and rife with inventive puns. But they are also poignant narrative pieces full of reflection and ideas of self-discovery, glued together in this show with charismatic interludes and charming quips. Harry’s contemporary brand of poetry is quirky, inventive, accessible and above-all very funny; this stand-out show is definitely worth seeing.
The Royal Oak, 6-24 Aug (not 12, 19), 12.00pm
tw rating 5/5 | [Nathaniel Meyers]