Cutting an unassuming figure on-stage, and with little in the way of direct audience interaction, there’s little pretence about spoken word poet Shane Koyczan. With only a few words of explanation, the poetry slam champ allows his work to speak for itself, as he delivers beautifully written pieces of emotionally charged poetry. The show is built around the poet’s work over the last year – allowing himself to rediscover the Canadian childhood he has spent decades trying to forget, from first loves to school-yard bullies. Koyczan’s poems are a series of soul-baring, heart-breaking confessions, injected with many moments of hope and humour. The poet himself shed a few tears, and so did I, though tempered with lots of laughs.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 13-27 Aug, 7.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Holly Close]