The group, also known as the ‘Bang Gang’, consists of Daniel Cockrill, Martin Galton, Peter Hayhoe, Laurie Bolger, Sarah Redington, and Rob Auton. For over 20 years, Bang Said the Gun has grown from a niche poetry night in Soho to becoming ‘the nation’s favourite poetry night’. Moreover, it has drawn consistently big audiences including those who are not usually into poetry.
To help set the fun tone, they use quirky animations, cardboard cut-out signs, and pasta in milk bottles as shakers. The audience can also expect Laurie Bolger’s friendly stand-up style of hosting, audience participation, high-quality featured acts, and a quick-fire open mic slam.
Furthermore, these featured acts are actually by big names in the UK poetry scene. Some notable guests include Phill Jupitus, Andrew Motion, and Roger McGough.
Guest performers to join the Gang
The show at the Underbelly Festival will feature special guests Tim Key and Jemima Foxtrot.
Tim Key is an actor, writer, and performance poet. People started to notice him in the stage production Far Too Happy, which played at the Edinburgh Fringe. His performance at the said show earned him the nomination for a Perrier Award for Best Newcomer. In 2009, he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award and received the nomination for the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality.
Meanwhile, Jemima Foxtrot is a writer, ‘theatre-maker’, performer, and musician. She performs around the country and was on the shortlist for the Arts Foundation Spoken Word Fellowship in 2015. In 2016, Jemima published her first collection of poetry, All Damn Day. She is also an experienced workshop facilitator who works with children and vulnerable adults.