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Venue:The Temple Bar, 121 Western Road Brighton BN1 2AD
Phone: 01273 721 501
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Upstars
MAY 28, JUN 2-3 at 15:45 (60 min)
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He’s the world’s worst poet…and Brighton is about to know it.

Sex, death, Christianity, Tim Henman, pigeons, divorce, Nazism, casseroles; no topic is too out there for Will Penswick. Brought to you by one of the most enigmatic figures in modern literature, Dank Verse is a mixture of shocking (in both senses of the word; it’s awful) spoken word poetry, audience interaction, Penswick's views on life, love and more often than not, himself. Voice of a generation? Umm...

“This is a seriously funny show and he is a very sharp performer...you will be in for a comic treat”
★★★★ - Plays To See

Imagine the worst poetry you’ve ever heard. Then multiply that by 1000 and give it to an artist who believes it’s perfect. Dank Verse asks you to forget everything you’ve ever known about art as Will Penswick tries to present an hour of his “best loved” work. A maverick, a renegade and a terrible flirt, Penswick’s canon demands attention, and now that he’s finally got it who knows what he might read. Laugh with him, laugh at him but either way...you’re very welcome.

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March 26, 2018 Plays to See
Dank Verse
Will Penswick bills himself as the worst performance poet in the world. Don’t believe him – this is a seriously funny show and he is a very sharp performer. As we enter the theatre, Penswick is already on stage, perched on a stool, looking worried – perhaps this is explained by the Newcastle Northern Rock football shirt he is wearing under his jacket. He begins with a classic bit of “haven’t we met somewhere before” flirting with a young woman in the front row who he returns to flirt with a couple of times later in the show. He then launches into the heart of his performance which is structured around a series of poems, some of them absurd and rambling, some of them very clever, all incorporating word play that deserves a second hearing. And the witty way the poems are linked completes the package.

He has some themes that he returns to – one of them being an unhealthy interest in the love lives of Tim Henman and Maria Sharapova. He has a very funny poem about inter-railing with some caustic comments about the cities he visited. He even manages to incorporate some sideways swipes at Harry and Meghan. And whenever his ego threatens to get the better of him, he always finds a way to puncture his own bubble. One of his most endearing qualities is the way he relates to the members of the audience he draws into his world – if he offers you a bell to ring, you should definitely take it.

The programme blurb tells us that Dank Verse is the result of Will playing around with silly poems that he has been writing since graduating from Trinity College, Dublin and performing around the London comedy scene. It also tells us that the show will be moving on to Brighton and Edinburgh – if you can see it at either of those festivals you will be in for a comic treat.

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