Down with the Poetry King! (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Down with the Poetry King!

Fun wordplay with the rhyming rascal

A red velvet gown, glowing gold crown and sparkling sceptre sit to one side of the stage, longing to be worn. Next to them stands Mark Grist, the man who would be king. Can we help bring the two together?

Grist is a poet, rapper, teacher and all-round clever wordsmith. He's delivered hundreds of shows, gathered millions of views on YouTube – the only thing he's lacking, is a book publishing deal (not really, but for the purposes of the show, we'll pretend he is).

To help him in his quest, he needs an agent and is looking for an audience member ripe for the challenge. Along the way, he delivers witty poems and raps about being highly competitive at board games and the fateful night as a seven-year-old he almost poisoned his father.

Grist is a natural performer, with a personality you instantly warm to. Audience involvement is never patronising or humiliating, just a fun chance to play with words. And his ultimate message – that there are no real rules in creative writing and poetry, you should just let your imagination run wild – is to be applauded as much as his performance.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 18 Aug, 11.30am, £8 (£6.50).

Down with the Poetry King!

  • 4 stars

Mark Grist Award-winning silliness and choose-your-own-adventure poems for the whole family as you work to transform your writing skills. Featuring odes to stinky pirates, murderous sheep and deadly mouthwash. You'll be surprised by what you learn along the way! This show is jam-packed full of audience interaction, with a…