Note: This review is from the 2014 Fringe

Showing @ The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh until Sun 24 Aug (not 7 – 9, 14 – 19, 21 – 23) @ 21:00

Loud Poets are a collective of performance poets and spoken word artists based in Edinburgh. Their self titled show is a cabaret of spoken word that includes thrilling poetry, evocative live music, talented special guests and amusing video interludes.

The group consists of Miko Berry (who is the current Scottish Slam Poetry Champion), Agnes Török, Kevin McLean and Douglas Gary and the show’s format gives each poet a solo spot on the stage. However the highlight is when they perform as duos. McLean and Gary give us a master class in comedic poetry, while Berry and McLean present a touching and emotional piece on friendship. Török’s solo pieces are also a standout as she delivers humour and intellect without appearing contrived or misplaced. All the performances are outstanding.

Special guests for the evening are Toby Campion and Sophia Walker, but full credit has to go to the Loud Poets themselves whose personalities and talent shine through while their words light up the stage with passion and bursts of raw energy. If you’re not a poetry fan then Loud Poets have the ability to convert the biggest cynics and if you do like poetry then prepare to be introduced to the most talented and engaging poetry collective to grace the Fringe in a long time. The hour is over far too soon.

Showing as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014