Dramatis Personae II
- Hares & Hyenas 63 Johnston Street Fitzroy, VIC, 3065 Australia (map)
Featuring Tim Evans, Ela Fornalska, Hamish Danks Brown, Waffle Irongirl, Brendan Bonsack, Marian Webb, Gerard Lewis-Fitzgerald, Amanda Anastasi, Steve Smart, Michael Reynolds, and Marty MonStar
Dramatis Personae II encapsulates eleven amazing poets who will capture an 'In Character Performance' by bringing to the Stage, the Voice, Dress and Style of their chosen Poet. Each Performer will absorb and transform for a night of Cracking Spoken Word. The night will compose of three sets. Each performer will deliver individual performances. Please join us on a Journey of Reincarnation and Reinvention
General Admission: $20
Amanda Anastasi is a Melbourne poet whose work has been published as locally as Prahran’s Artist Lane walls to The Massachusetts Review in the US. She is the convener of La Mama Poetica, and the author of ‘2012 and other poems’ and co-author of ‘The Silences' (Eaglemont Press, 2016). Amanda is a two-time winner of the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize and a recent recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, where she worked on her upcoming speculative poetry collection ‘2042’. Amanda is currently a Research Associate at the Monash University Climate Change Communications Research Hub, where she is writing poetry to raise awareness on ecological issues and the climate crisis.
Brendan Bonsack's poetry has featured in Melbourne’s White Night festival, and Poland’s UNESCO Poems on the Walls project. He was a commissioned public transport poet in the 2016 MoreArt Festival, and shortlisted for the XYZ Prize for Spoken Word at the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival. Brendan was feature poet at La Mama Poetica, and supported US touring poet, Madison Mae Parker. He is author of ten books of poetry, including collaborations with international writers. Brendan is a presenter on Melbourne radio 3CR, for a weekly arts program dedicated to poetry and performance. His poetry and music is available at www.brendanbonsack.com
Ela Fornalska is a poet, teacher and broadcaster. She has performed her work in festivals, on television and the radio. Ela has been published in various anthologies, audio compilations, literary magazines and journals. She has been a grand finalist in the Sydney Road Writer’s Festival and Cup, a finalist at the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, and in 2018 she was shortlisted in the teacher section of Red Room Poetry’s national competition ‘Poetry Object’. Ela was an international guest at the festival ‘Österreich Liest’ (Austria Reads) in 2015. In 2106, she founded pApEr WaVeS.
Gerard knows as much about the mechanics or history of poetry as he knows about sport (chuckles). But he knows what he likes and, maybe, through some extraordinary psychic osmosis, he will ever learn more from the smorgasbord of brilliance of other poets. His work runs from playfully wacky, though the romance of transitory everyday moments, to our extradimensional cosmic connectivity. Singing, either of a parodied known song or his own, might feature in his performance. Dramatis Personae serves his theatrical penchant in allowing him to transform into teenage poet Rimbaud as well as poet-activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker).
Hamish Danks Brown a.k.a. Danksta Downunder dwells in the Area 61 phase of life around El Driftwood. He has been writing poetry since childhood and performing spoken word since his second childhood in 2004. He has written, performed & published in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia. Originally from Sydney via Queensland he has been active in the poetry & spoken word community since moving to Melbourne 3 years ago. Currently he is committee member of the Melbourne Poets Union and convenor of Spoken Word at Bar Oussou (Brunswick) and Posty Poetry (St Kilda) open mic events. He has published 1 chapbook "All Other Destinations" and a bilingual collection in English and French is in progress under the editorial supervision of Roy The Cat / Le Chat.
Steve Smart has been a performance poet since the late 90s. That makes him... middle aged. He's gradually embracing the concept. Steve has performed on three continents, at more venues in more cities than he can number. Being on stage provokes less anxiety for him than not being on stage. He is an event coordinator, current President of Melbourne Poets Union, and a fan of Amy Poehler. For MSWPF 2019 Steve is reaching into his archive and pulling out a treasured piece of his history.
Tim Evans is recovering from being English and has been performing his poems at people all over Melbourne and Victoria since 2015. He’s been published in Audacious Vol. 4, Australian Poetry Journal and Solid Air (UQP). He received an honourable mention at the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize 2017. In 2018 he won a place on the Slamalamadingdong! team, performing at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago and venues in New York. Several people have said nice things about his poetry but have refused to go on the record. He likes using self-deprecation but he isn't very good at it.
Waffle Irongirl is poet, flash fictionista and spoken word performer from Melbourne. On-stage, she is the poetic analogue of heavy-metal karaoke. Off-stage, she eats identity labels for breakfast. Her poetry has been included in the Australian Poetry Journal, Cold Mountain Review, and "Audacious 4", Melbourne Spoken Word's audio journal.