Arts Review: Aloud – Halloween Edition

Jim’s Bar (QMU), 24th October  

The Aloud: Halloween Edition poetry session is a small, intimate event with an informal vibe that leaves the performer free to try new things and make some mistakes in a comfortable environment. The set up in the Queen Margaret Union is cosy with soft lighting, making it a great place to grab a drink, sit back listening to some great pieces of art and meet new, like-minded people. The opening rendition of The Raven by famous gothic poet Edgar Allen Poe is a perfect way to set the tone for the themed night, whilst having the audience participate by repeating the word ‘nevermore’ engages them with the event to follow.

The performers vary in style and topic which makes for a whirlwind of creativity with a guarantee of something for everyone. The poems deal with harrowing issues such as transphobia in an insightful and cautious manner, exploring ideas and stigmas in a way that most certainly makes you empathise with the performer. This is contrasted with the light-hearted, witty poetry where the poets’ astute and relatable observations serve to make the audience laugh and nod along. All the performers culminate their pieces in a poignant, thought-provoking message so whether they make you laugh or cry, you are left with something to think about.

A performance of Sylvia Plath’s poetry halfway through the event really enforces the Halloween theme of the evening and the performers’ Halloween themed narratives and poems have a chilling effect on the audience with their suspenseful plots. Aloud sessions are a great way of getting involved in poetry, whether you are new to the game or a seasoned performer, because they provide such a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. This is definitely evident in the Halloween Edition.

[Hannah Yates]

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