CUT & PASTE #10 REFLECTION
The tenth Cut & Paste was held last Sunday night and it was a total blast. The next time one shoots around the corner you must, must, must go as it is the roughest and readiest of new work in Sydney.
There was a ’70s glam-rock band (The Electric Ninjas), fantastic performance collective Fishwife, comic Evin Donohoe and his illustrious comparisons between the Sydney Morning Herald and his penis, and Duncan Graham (one of Griffin’s very own resident artists) trialling a couple of scenes from his new play.
Of particular note was spoken-word artist Geoff Lemon. Motherflipper. I had never seen spoken-word performance before and his work totally blew my mind. His words were so powerful and his performance so present that it was like he was running a conversation with the audience considering the amount of noise we were making in response (eg. a collective punched-out sigh when he, in his love poem about leaving a girl behind in another country, said something along the lines of ‘I get to the other side of the world and suddenly realise that I’ve left half my chest behind.’
I harassed him slightly in the pub afterwards and it turns out he is co-Artistic Director of the Young Writers Festival (along with coordinator Zoe Norton-Lodge, who runs Cut & Paste with Phil Spencer), which is part of TINA in September. Seriously, go up to Newcastle for a weekend and just listen. Here is a link to his blog, Heathen Scripture.
And you should definitely apply to the Writers Festival. Go here to do that.