Spoken word theatre company, Poetry Circus, have announced Summertime Blues, a series of theatrical cabaret evenings running from 5 – 7 July as part of the Formation Festival at Assembly Roxy

Described as a “non-stop cabaret-style assault of music, visuals and performance poetry”, it sees them join forces with regular musical collaborators The Jennifer Ewan Band.

In previous incarnations, the partnership has already delighted audiences at the Traverse, the CCA, Britannia Panopticon Music Hall and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Poetry Circus’s producer is Max Scratchmann (also a Wee Reviewer and life model). Announcing the series, he said, “Summertime Blues is a new and bold juxtaposition of moody spoken word and down-and-dirty Cajun Blues music. At Poetry Circus we have always striven to add some theatre to the spoken word scene, and for this show our performers will be bringing their most heart-felt material to the stage, coupled with some eye-popping visuals on screen and truly amazing songs from Jen and the band…”

Ewan’s music gives a Scottish burr to traditional Cajun Blues, and will feature new original songs plus her own unique arrangements of Bessie Smith and others.

The spoken word line-up for the events will be:

Fri 5 Jul – Gray Crosbie, Imogen Stirling, Rachel Amey, Pauline Barclay, Max Scratchmann

Sat 6 Jul – Rana Marathon, Matt MacDonald, Kevin McLean, Rebecca Clark, Max Scratchmann 

Sun 7 Jul – Jo Gilbert, Stella Hervey Birrell, Suky Goodfellow, Isabelle Moss, Max Scratchmann

Formation Festival is @ Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh from Fri 28 Jun – Sun 7 Jul