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Poetry Café: Playerist Comedy Night – October 17

| Comedy, Culture, Hidden London | 01/10/2013

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Playerist’ is an annual literary magazine featuring a range of emergent and established writers and artists. It’s now reached its third launch event – Thursday October 17, 8pm – at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden’s Betterton Street. No ‘Better’ route to an early weekend! Apologies, the jokes will be better than this and the Basement is a delightful spot to relax; one of those hidden treasures of the city. As always the quality of work is astounding. London playwright Tanja Mariadoss will perform her wincing-ly observant story ‘The Very Tired Man on the Train’ and any male commuter will wonder if it’s about him. If you can pick yourself up off the floor, comedy actor Imogen Miller Porter’s well-sharpened wordage will blow the gaffe on another typically-English pastime.

Piroska Markus at the Seven Dials Club, reading from the second issue of Playerist.

Piroska Markus at the Seven Dials Club, reading from the second issue of Playerist.

Renowned for his wry line-drawings, Chris Sav will instead be reading his funny but beautiful ‘Ode’ and you may or may not guess who it’s an ode to. Performance poet Amy Neilson Smith will spice things up with her deliciously saucy verse, as complimented by the exquisite stanzas of fellow Brightonian Sarah Rayner. Open Mics are also welcome. For the second hour, the unique musical talents of ‘Vienna Spring’ – a folk-jazz duo with Jenny Gould on keyboard and Alo Ïce on guitar – will enrapture everyone with their wistful balladry.

An independent publication on catalogue at the Poetry Library, South Bank Centre.

One of many independent publications on catalogue at the Poetry Library, South Bank Centre.

‘Playerist 3’ features poetry by Megan Kelley and Yassin Zelestine, graphics by Sean Duffield and Mario Herran, and photography by Thomas Schlieben. Plus Howard Colyer makes a killing with his short story (not just another day at the office). The collection closes with a memento by iconic actor Margaret Nolan ‘the Bardot of Britain’ about her friendship with Spike Milligan. Other live performers will be announced – so keep updated via the event-page or Twitter. At only £3 on the door, it’s an evening not to be missed.

The event runs from 8pm-10pm, and the café is open until 11pm.

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