‘Open Mic Goodness’ is a relaunch of Six Lips Theatre Company’s popular open mic night. Now hosted by Yorkshire -based poet Lily Luty, it aims to celebrate original spoken word talent in York and surrounding areas. The initial launch party featured Hull-based poet Vicky Foster and local legend David Jarman. The night runs monthly and each event has an individual theme with a selection of writing prompts to stimulate their performers. Six Lips Theatre want to engage their audience and performers in a way that hasn’t been done before. There are already so many fantastic spoken word nights already established in York, they wanted to find their own niche. Six Lips dont take themselves too seriously, the main aim of each night is to have fun.
All of the events feature interactive elements to engage our audience, the February event will allow the audience the opportunity to create their own unconventional love poem in the theme of Valentine’s Day, and each evening ends with a piece of improvised spoken word inspired by audience feedback cards. Six Lips are really keen to celebrate original acts; wanting performers to test out new material and to try out new techniques, but most importantly they are here to provide a relaxed and supportive environment for people to share their work in. Tapping into this celebratory element is key for the company and they welcome a diverse range of talent, from songwriting to spoken word, flash fiction and poetry.
They welcome established performers with open arms, but are especially keen to hear from those who may not have a lot of stage experience. Anyone who wants to get involved can sign up for a five-minute slot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply show up on the night and grab a slot on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions or just need an encouraging hand to perform then don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The next event is on the 15th February and is themed ‘Love is in the air (or is it?).’ Six Lips Theatre are looking for people to share their sentiments on Valentine’s Day, so whether you specialise in sonnets or sarcastic songs, limericks or love poems, monologues or memoirs of a night you’d rather forget, they’d love to share a stage with you!
On the 9th of March the company have the privilege of hosting a special night as part of York International Women’s Festival, celebrating the ‘Super Women’ in our lives. They wil be having a fancy dress contest, and everyone will get the chance to create their own spoken word super woman.
You can find Six Lips’s OMG night at The Bay Horse on Marygate, 7.30pm start.