North vs South London
August 8, 2009
Following publicity this week in Time Out, Evening Standard, Tired Of London, Urban Junkies, The Londonist and the US website Treehugger, we had an all-star turnout last night – seminal music writer Charles Shaar Murray, playwright/poet Anna Chen, comic Darren Hoskins, award-winning performance poet (and young Orange judge) 18 yr old Clarissa Pabi, broadsheet writers Emma Warren and Kate Burt, and Shakespearean actor Anthony Shuster.
No point prolonging the results any further though – the literary behemoth that is North London was evidently snoozing (or supping quietly in the corner on a beer) whilst the saplings of the south stormed the bench. So, well done South London.
First contender was 6 year old Amelie from Surbiton who displayed a rather lovely cat mask:
Next up, West Hampstead-based poet and playwright Anna Chen and the music writer Charles Shaar Murray shared a tender moment, before Anna thrilled the crowd with extracts from new show, Anna May Wong Must Die (see her here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xd-FGb34AM&feature=channel)
Andrea & Marta, Malaga:
South Londoner Darren Hoskins demonstrated the art of “chapeaulogy” with extracts from his ‘Soft Cabaret’ show on at the Camden Fringe (watch a clip here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6DDjJn9heY&feature=channel)
…before Brixton based writer Kate Burt and playwright Abi Zakarian performed a howlingly funny sketch satirising the world of women’s mags (see a clip on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B96ibRI7WW4&feature=channel)
(South Londoners) Max & Renato shared a smile…
…whilst 18 year old Raphael Blake wasted no time offering up some impressive rhymes (clip on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSihMnrwOtI&feature=channel)
Anthony Shuster unleashed his loving paean to Camden Town…
…whilst award-winning young Orange judge and writer 18 year old Clarissa Pabi captivated the crowd with her New York story :
And so what was the best the North Londoners could come up with?
Thankfully South-east London author Emma Warren was on hand to round things off with extracts from her forthcoming book, “Scenius: The Genius of a Scene”: