Sage Francis and B Dolan Present: Strange Speech, Famous Development (4 stars)

This article is from 2016

Sage Francis and B Dolan Present: Strange Speech, Famous Development

Hip hop spoken word and poetry from the in-sync rappers

Underground rappers and brothers-in-beards Sage Francis and B Dolan bring the heat and street spirit of the New York spoken word scene to a yurt in St Andrew's Square. Seasoned performers and activists, the pair leave little time for stage antics or audience banter as they launch into a packed hour of polemic poetry that combines a fierce love for the revolutionary legacy of hip hop with sharp insights into the personal and political.

Although Strange Speech, Famous Development is their debut show together, and their first at the Fringe, the two poets have been contemporaries for years and that friendship shows on stage. Their repertoire of poetry, songs and storytelling works a little like a performed conversation – two poets passing tales back and forth, sparking off each others' tangents and ideas to form a kind of dialogue, rather than just performing a pre-ordained set.

They pivot between hindsight on high school to the commercialisation of hip hop and commentary on post-9/11 paranoia with finesse and black humour, but no two shows will have the same content, as the two develop and fine-tune over the course of the festival.

Stand in the Square, until 27 Aug (not 15, 22), 1.40pm, £14.

**Edit: article updated with correct square in this city full of squares. And chumps.**

Sage Francis and B Dolan Present: Strange Speech, Famous Development

  • 4 stars

Sage Francis and B Dolan / Synergy Concerts Sage Francis and B Dolan are two internationally-renowned hip-hop lyricists and spoken word poets touted for their lyricism, activism, humour and performance art. Both artists are represented in the UK by Scroobius Pip’s Speech Development Records. Strange Speech, Famous…


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2. Emma Walker9 Aug 2016, 4:59pm Report

Saw this on Sunday 7th- excellent show, very polished, feels very intimate in the yurt. Lots of new spoke word (for me) with some recognizable B Dolan from his previous shows in Edinburgh - would give this 5 stars :)

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