TIM KEYS: THE SLUTCRACKER (SEYMOUR CENTRE 23/01/12)

Very abstract poetry. Hardly conventional. But very funny. There’s a switch between fragility and neediness in his persona to massive agression and smugness which makes you pay attention as he takes you on this strange journey.The jazz and classical music backgrounds add to the vibe, like you are at a poetry slam in a beret, and almost want to snap your fingers, but then Tim takes you in a new direction entirely. throw in some avant garde short films to intersperse the acts and its student theatre on smack.

His poem’s are strangely appealing, relying heavily on the audience knowledge of the English language, his poems are little snippets of life, captured in a tiny notebook with a slightly distorted outlook on the world.

Reminded me a bit of John Hegley, you know the guy with the glasses who did the bit ‘I need you’ years ago on the gala with a mandolin. remember? and he did the bit amen, surely that would be a man or some men. Also a touch of the David O’Doherty’s and rather Boosh-esque (is that a word? is now).

I think a lot of people were confused by his style, tittering mostly at first rather than actual laughing, and i think a show starting at 10pm made the audience either come in slightly drunk or in my case slightly half asleep. but it was rather funny. don’t really think the show was worth being nominated for a Perrier (I know they aren’t called that but i can never remember the name, Perrier always means more in my head).

It wasn’t till we were almost there that I clicked where I knew him from, he worked on mark Watson’s radio bit ‘mark Watson makes the world substantially better’ that i downloaded from iTunes recently. So most Australians wouldn’t know who he was, I’m assuming he was working the sydney festival as a lead-in to MICF. I believe he will go down well across the border, The more absurdist satirists such as Sam Simmons and The Bedroom Philosopher have quite a cult following for a reason.

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