Arts Review: Smut Slam


Dir. by Cameryn Moore, Rum Shack, 15th May 2015

Down in the basement of Rum Shack a crowd gathered to tell, hear and share their sexiest stories. The creator Cameryn Moore, a previous phone sex operator, compared the evening. The rules of Smut Slam were simple and designed to foster a friendly, sex positive environment. The evening was marked by an exclusion of phobias (such as homophobia or transphobia), an openness to every experience no matter how kinky or vanilla and an emphasis on all stories being consensual. The most crucial rule which makes this review hard to write is that no stories are to be retold outside of the room.

Following some conventions of a poetry slam, individuals from the audience volunteered themselves on the night to perform pieces from their own experiences. Wannabe performers threw their names into a bucket and they were drawn out at random. The pieces performed were in turns sexy, celebratory, thoughtful, poignant and, most of all, well done. Whilst I can’t repeat the exact details, this particular night seemed to have an unofficial theme of group sex, though there were plenty of other experiences too.

Throughout the night, folk who felt like contributing an anecdote or asking a question, but didn’t fancy getting up on stage could submit to the ‘fuck bucket’. A random selection of these were read out, and included everything from accolades of successful first times to a request for lube recommendations which the sponsors Jack and Luke (local Glasgow sex shop) fielded.

The evening was thoroughly enjoyable; it felt refreshing to be in a crowd where no story was too weird or wonderful. Imagine the atmosphere of a group of like minded people sharing their experiences; pieces were shared not to be titillating, but entertaining. The crowd was composed of all ages, very welcoming, and supportive of all the performances: the only heckles were shouts of encouragement and appreciation.  

[Rose Jackson – @ginger_git]

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