Save The Male is a spoken word, comedy and music showcase, raising awareness of CALM and male suicide in the UK. Compered by stand-up poet Jack Rooke and curated by Cecilia Knapp, two ambassadors for CALM, the showcase aims to encourage and inspire people of all ages to engage in creative expression. Jack gives us a little more info about their adventures in Auld Reekie…
Myself and Cecilia are now voyaging up to the Edinburgh Fringe for our third Save The Male gig! *claps all round*
Suicide still bears a silent stigma, with many young men feeling unable to talk or seek support when feeling down or in times of crisis. Our Save The Male showcase wants to break down these barriers, encouraging more of us to be open and honest through engagement with creative outlets such as poetry, comedy and music.
Basically, we want people to pick up pens, paper & paintbrushes, to write songs, poems, stories, diaries, even doodling on the TV Guide. (When I feel down I scribble moustaches on the cast of Hollyoaks to boost my self-esteem!)
So far we have hosted Save The Male sets at The Roundhouse in London & Brainchild Festival this year. Previous headliners of Save The Male include Rizzle Kicks rapper Jordan Stephens, CALM agony uncle and Benin City frontman Josh Idehen, World Poetry Slam champion Mr Harry Baker & the founder of OneMillionLovelyLetters.com Jodi Ann Bickley.
Our third slice of Save The Male lyrical tomfoolery is at the Edinburgh Free Fringe 2013. We will be at The Banshee Labyrinth, one of the premiere comedy and spoken word venues of the Free Fringe, on Thursday 8th August and Friday 9th. And have we got some treats for you….
First up on the Thursday 8th August is the poetry genius that is Rob Auton. Up in Edinburgh for his new show based on The Sky, and having just recently published the wonderful anthology ‘In Heaven The Onions Make You Laugh’, Auton is a Fringe favourite. He is part of the award-winning Bang Said The Gun poetry collective and is quite possibly the most charming chap from York you could ever wish to meet.
Next we have the bloomin’ funny, bearded man of the year 2013, the one-and-only Oh Standfast! He is a CALM favourite, and hosts a night called ‘Spoke N Word’ at Look Mum No Hands in aid of CALM. Standfast is currently working on a book ‘Don’t you wish your Kindle was a book like me?’ and will be joining us hopefully with his signature megaphone and clacker!
Then on Friday 9th August we welcome a very special sketch comedy three-some who have just been shortlisted for The List’s Top 5 Sketch Groups to see at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 for their show at the Udderbelly. They are Lead Pencil and they’ve made a sketch show, by literally sketching it! Check the video below, they are pure brilliance, just imagine the lovechild of Saved by the Bell and Art Attack!
And finally our last headliner is poet and musical genius, Chris Redmond. Whilst being a bloody great performer, Chris also runs the poetry-music night Tongue Fu and recently published our favourite anthology ‘Liminal Animals’, in memory of Graham Fox.
We are incredibly chuffed Chris is joining us whilst he is up at the Fringe with Tongue Fu.
So there we have it.
If you are up at the Fringe please come and join in the fun, have a laugh and help us to Save The Male!
EVENT DETAILS: Save the Male @ PBH Edinburgh Free Fringe, Thursday 8th & Friday 9th August at 7.30pm , Banshee Labyrinth (Banqueting Hall), Niddry Street (Just off the Royal Mile)
ALL DONATIONS TO CALM