Underground poetry is an emerging trend across the nation, driven by generation X and Y wordsmiths with cutting insight and great stories to tell.
One of the must-see stars of Australia’s alternative poetry movement is dreadlocked, colourful and eclectic poet Candy Royalle.
A young veteran of the festival scene, Royalle is revered by modern day poets and word-loving audiences for her powerful verse and deep voice. They lend an almost soulful edge to her performances.
Royalle’s new show Stories by Starlight sees her hit the festival scene hard in 2012 – kicking off at Melbourne’s Midsummer Festival (18 – 21 January at the 1000 £ Bend Gallery) and the Adelaide Fringe Festival (1-4 March 2012, 9pm Queens Theatre).
Those lucky enough to see her pop-up preview at a fittingly illegal venue in Sydney in 2011 – says the show packs serious poetry punch.
Stories by Starlight sees Royalle team up with three piece instrumentalists – Sloppy Joe for the first time. The musical improvisation crew are masters of off-the-cuff spontaneity and rich authentic sounds, and are certain to add funk and sweetness to Candy’s raw energy.
Royalle says fans of underground entertainment are in for a real treat.
“Stories by Starlight tackles everything from love and sex to social injustice. It’s a seductive journey to the darker side of the human psyche. Expect a journey of self-discovery, some great tunes and even a little burlesque,” she says.
Those who know Royalle can count on one thing – some killer words and explosive theatrics.
Adelaide Fringe audiences were mesmerised last year. Royalle sold out her one-woman show ‘Love Spectacular’ almost immediately, with critics describing her “an assault on your senses”, “a feast for your ears and your heart”.
She’s performed alongside renowned writer David Malouf at the Australian Poetry Festival this year.
David Finnigan, curator of TiNA (This is Not Art, Experimental Arts) Festival once commented – “Candy is the kind of act you remember for years. And I don’t mean just vague memory; she kind of burns herself onto your heart and soul.”
For an evening to remember join Royalle on a journey to the stars.
Check out www.candyroyalle.com for more information.
Where: Queens Theatre, Playhouse Ln & Gilles Arcade, Adelaide
When: Thursday March 1, Saturday March 3, Sunday March 4, 2012 – 9:00PM
Tickets: Adults $19.90, Concession $16.90, Group (6+) $16.90