Hispaniola, Drummond Street
Poetry as a schoolchild is sadly often a rather arduous affair. Often our first introduction to poetry is through learning worthy verses by rote, or reading poetry almost purely for the purpose of memorising it, rarely getting a taste of the excitement and insight poetry can provide. Artists like Dommy B are the perfect antidote to that. Brimming with enthusiasm and energy, Dommy B takes to the stage in Dommy B Presents…, a vivacious performance poetry show aimed at children aged five and above.
Telling the story of Spark the Goblin, Dommy B confidently includes every member of the audience in his storytelling. Not only does he include call and response and repetition sections, but he gathers suggestions from the audience with which he improvises verses. Even with the most bizarre suggestions from children in the audience, “artichoke” being a personal favourite, Dommy B comes up with entertaining verses and rhymes. His interactions with the audience, particularly its younger members, are easy and assured, never seeming forced or awkward, and he keeps the audience entirely on board with the story from start to finish.
As you join in the tale of Spark the Goblin as he learns the importance of kindness, you will be treated to a fun story, sharp writing and a memorable collective experience not only as audience members, but as co-creators of the poetry performed in front of you.
Dommy B Presents… runs at Hispaniola, Drummond Street until 26th August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.