Simon Blackman is a writer, performer and poet. He was once part of the Southend-on-Sea comedy improvisation team ‘Quirkish Delight‘, and before that, ‘Scared Scriptless’. He began his performance poetry career in 2003 when he was asked to fill a gap for a theatre production that was running a bit short. He’s been at it ever since and has guested regularly at numerous Essex and London venues including Vocal Schism, Chelmsford’s The Fling, Village Green Festival and legendary performance poetry organisation Apples & Snakes Exposed tour. He was short-listed for the BBC’s 2007 new talent initiative ‘Witty and Twisted’ and his work has featured on BBC 7’s comedy sketch show ‘Play and Record’.
Simon has performed several times for Sundown, eversince we first spotted him at Vocal Schism braving the local poetry circuit in a rowdy pub. We think he is one of the best performance poets gigging in Southend and Essex today. Due to his improvisational comedy background, he can hold an audience well and knows exactly which buttons to push in a Hegley-esque fashion. His quips and witty phrasing are reminiscent of Spike Milligan’s clever silliness, and his faux awkward onstage presence is like a squirming Tony Hancock. You know that you’re seeing sheer undiscovered talent in front of you. Every audience we’ve seen Simon perform in front of ends up in stitches because of the way he delivers his poems, the banter in between and because you’ve just listened to a poem about “two sexy pigeons”.
In 2008, Simon Blackman produced two of his poetry collections on audio, available on CD to purchase at any of his gigs – normally for a price the audience deems worthy. ‘A Tall Man with Short Verse’; his debut collection, features greatest hit ‘Girl From The Chipshop’ and ‘Ode to Susie Dent’. ‘Sea View Play’ boasts such classics as ‘You Can’t Beat Beans on Toast’ and ‘I Hitched a Ride with a Lesbian’.
Sundown absolutely wanted Simon on their tour with them to introduce the rest of Essex and East Anglia to this brilliant one-off. He will be performing at our Colchester Arts Centre gig this Sat, 19th! We’ll be featuring a different poet at each venue on the tour so do come along to Colchester to check Simon out, if you’ve never seen him before then you really must. You can find Simon Blackman on Facebook and several youtube clips of him performing his poetry. Come and see him live this Sat…