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Mr B: The Gentleman Rhymer at LOST Theatre

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Rapping the Queen's English

Does your family argue over what good music is? While there are youngsters who like classical and seniors who like street, I think it is fair to say that the general consensus leans the other way. I know that my grandparents and parents hate genres such as punk, metal, rap, and hip-hop. Gramps would much rather listen to poetry or opera; he says it is nothing but shouting and swearing.

That is a widely held misconception. Perhaps I should tell him that rap in fact has strong connections to the poetry. When you think about it, rap is the spoken word recited to music, and relies heavily on rhyming.

Somehow I doubt my Gramps would be convinced. But for those of you who think you can sway non-believers, why not introduce them to the genre gradually by taking them to a gig by Mr. B.

Mr. B., also known as The Gentleman Rhymer is out to prove that rap can be posh. By introducing the Queen's English to street music, he has created a genre all of his own: chap-hop. Eloquent, well pronounced, and just a tad absurd, Mr. B.'s ditties 'dazzle with dignity'.

On the 20th December, Mr. B. will be performing at the LOST Theatre with some festive ditties, chap-hop classics, and new material from 'Can't Stop, Shan't Stop'. The show starts at 8pm, and tickets are 10 at the door. You can also book in advance, but there will be an additional booking fee.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 20th Dec, 8pm
Phone: 0844 847 1680
Where: Lost Theatre
Cost: 10
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