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The Brownbread Mixtape at Dublin Writer’s Festival – May 22 – Smock Alley

 

DublinWritersFestival20134121210705Join us on May 22nd for a special one-off “Imagination and Transformation” themed brownbread mixtape show at Smock Alley that we are staging as part of this year’s Dublin Writer’s Festival. We are honoured to be part of this prestigious event on the literary calendar and we have lined up a lively, literarily inspired bill to match. We will have powerful performance poetry from multi award winning poet Dave Lordan, snappy sketch comedy from The Brownbread Players and masterful music from Idiot Songs (songs inspired by Dostoevsky’s The Idiot and performed by Pearse McGloughlin and Justin Grounds). We are also delighted to showcase first time performance poets from the Dublin Young Authors group. Show starts at 7pm and admission is 5 EURO.

PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE HERE

 

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the brownbread mixtape is a free monthly live comedy, poetry & music show in Dublin, Ireland.

Each show has a theme. Each act does a performance based on the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

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Looking for Christmas gift suggestions? Why not buy some great music and poetry by these Irish artists?

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With the festive season inching ever closer and the clamour to purchase dizzying amounts of gifts, why not support independent Irish artists? So many of our past brownbread mixtape performers are deserving of your support, so please spend your money like a vote and show them that their work is important to you and to our society.

There are so many talented people who have performed at the brownbread mixtape, so it would be impossible for us to list all of them and their available work. But please see below for a few suggestions of some of our favourite releases from this past year ( as well as a few gems from previous years) with links to buy directly from the artists.

Enjoy!

Kalle

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MUSIC

1. Pearse McGloughlin  – In Movement

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2. The Guilty Folk – Charm Offensive

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3. Lindsey Ryan – The Divers

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4. Marc O’Reilly – My Friend Marx

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5. Ross Breen – When I Met the Devil

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6. Justin Grounds – The Moon Pulled Us Here

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7. Fiach – So I

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8. Eric McGrath – Little Ripples

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9. Bill Coleman – You Can’t Buy Back Your Life

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10. Fia Rua – Falling Time

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POETRY

1. Colm Keegan  – Don’t Go There

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2. Smith & Reilly – Arise and Go

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3. Dave Lordan – Invitation to a Sacrifice

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4. Sarah Clancy – Thanks For Nothing, Hippies

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the brownbread mixtape is a free monthly live comedy, poetry & music show in Dublin, Ireland.

Each show has a theme. Each act does a performance based on the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:

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Hear ye, hear ye! The Brownbread Players will perform funny sketches at the Flat Lake Festival!

Festival season has begun and we are proud to announce that The Brownbread Players will be performing a selection of their weirdest, wildest and funniest sketches at the Flat Lake Festival in Monaghan on the June bank holiday weekend. It is a delightful little literary, artistic festival with all kinds of oddities abounding. In fact, attending the festival feels a lot like being in a really good episode of Father Ted. And if last year’s festival is anything to go by, we expect a charming and inspiring mix of ideas and lunacy.

The Brownbread Players will be performing in The Gonzo Theatre tent curated by the mercurial Phil Doherty, which will also feature fantastic performers like The Rubberbandits, The Gombeens, Jinx Lennon, Ghost Train Willy and many others. Other stages will be hosting top writers like Irish legend John Banville and American satirist supreme Joe Queenan, as well as mellifluous music by Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies and The Blood Red Mountain Band. Some of the very best spoken word and poetry performers in the country will also be performing, including The Poetry Chicks, Dave Lordan and Stephen James Smith. In other words, a truly stellar set of performers alongside a whole host of other cool events and attractions. [Check out the loopy official Flat Lake Festival website here]

We are really looking forward to it and we really hope you can make it along. It is one of the most mellow, warm and good natured festivals we have ever been to and they really deserve your support. Weekend tickets are a steal and can be purchased online at the following digital emporium> [Flat Lake Tickets Available Here ]

See you  all there!

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The brownbread mixtape is a free monthly comedy, poetry & music show in the Stag’s Head pub in Dublin, Ireland.

Each  show has a theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:
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The Brownbread Players at Flat Lake Festival

Festival season has begun and we are proud to announce that The Brownbread Players will be performing a selection of their weirdest, wildest and funniest sketches at this years Flat Lake Festival in Monaghan on the June bank holiday weekend. It is a delightful little literary, artistic festival with all kinds of oddities abounding. In fact, attending the festival feels a lot like being in a really good episode of Father Ted. And if last year’s festival is anything to go by, we expect a charming and inspiring mix of ideas and lunacy.

The Brownbread Players will be performing in The Gonzo Theatre tent curated by the mercurial Phil Doherty, which will also feature fantastic performers like The Gombeens, Jinx Lennon, Ghost Train Willy and many others. Other stages will be hosting top writers like Irish legend John Banville and American satirist supreme Joe Queenan, as well as mellifluous music by Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies and The Blood Red Mountain Band. Some of the very best spoken word and poetry performers in the country will also be performing, including The Poetry Chicks, Dave Lordan and Stephen James Smith. In other words, a truly stellar set of performers alongside a whole host of other cool events and attractions. [Check out the loopy official Flat Lake Festival website here]

We are really looking forward to it and we really hope you can make it along. It is one of the most mellow, warm and good natured festivals we have ever been to and they really deserve your support. Weekend tickets are a steal and can be purchased online at the following digital emporium> [Flat Lake Tickets Available Here ]

See you  all there!

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The brownbread mixtape is a free monthly comedy, poetry & music show in the Stag’s Head pub in Dublin, Ireland.

Each  show has a theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:
YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Ustream

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Irish Times on poetry, BBMT, The Glor Sessions, Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the whole Irish spoken word movement

Many thanks to Davin O’Dwyer for his excellent piece in the Irish Times on Wednesday about the Irish poetry showcase in the Nuyorican Poets Cafe featuring our very own Kalle Ryan. The article featured a really enjoyable interview with Stephen James Smith (The Glor Sessions) and Kalle about the informal network of DIY poetry events in Dublin’s fair city. All in all a positive and hopeful take on the growing appeal of the burgeoning spoken word scene in Ireland. Take a peek and spread the word!

Click here to read the article online.

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The Rising Irish – Poetry Showcase at Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City

If you find yourself in New York next week (or indeed if you know anyone in New York) please head along to the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Wednesday April 20th for a showcase of the very best and blazingly original, contemporary Irish poets. Culture Ireland/Imagine Ireland in association with The Glor Sessions will host this unique show and it promises to be an absolute belter. Our resident MC and spoken wordmeister Kalle Ryan will be proudly performing alongside the monstrously talented Stephen James Smith, Dave Lordan, Sarah Maria Griffin, John Cummins and Karl Parkinson (see their past performances at the brownbread mixtape below). The show starts at 6pm and is a mere ten bucks to get in. (Culture Ireland event listing here).They need all the support they can get, so please spread the word to anyone who might be interested. COME ON IRELAND!

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Kalle Ryan – The Reformartists

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Stephen James Smith – The Gardener

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Dave Lordan – Fearless

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John Cummins – Stagefright

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Karl Parkinson – The Positivity Manifesto

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Best of 2010 – Comedy Sketches by The Brownbread Players

One of the most enjoyable parts of the monthly brownbread mixtape show are the original sketches by our very own Brownbread Players sketch troupe (The Brownbread Players on Facebook). The troupe is made up of professional actors Gus McDonagh, Eva Bartley and Sean McDonagh,  as well as our own Kalle Ryan (and occasional guest star Dorothy Cotter). The writing team consists of Kalle, Sean, Gus and Eva, with additional material by Ken Rogan. All of the sketches are performed in the style of a live radio comedy show (akin to the classic Goon Show), complete with bloopers, giggles and audience interaction. They are consistently hilarious and are often the most popular element of the evening. For that reason we believe they are definitely worthy of a “Best Of” list of their own.

It is almost impossible to pick our favourites, so here’s a baker’s dozen of them in no specific order of funniness…

[See also : Best of Poetry and Prose 2010Best of Music 2010Best of Stand Up Comedy 2010 | Overview of The Brownbread Mixtape in 2010]

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An Actual Conversation on YouTube

One of our strangest but also one of our favourite sketches where we reenact a series of genuine loony YouTube comments posted in reaction to this rather silly video. You really couldn’t make this stuff up. (We performed the sketch again at the Imagine Arts Festival and it got a great reaction then too). Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Sean McDonagh, Eva Bartley and Kalle Ryan.

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Father Shivers and Marek

This sketch is centred around the brilliantly creepy, oddball priest Father Shivers that Gus had created a few months earlier. The sketch managed to capture a lot of what was going on culturally at the time, as well as being a good old-fashioned dig at the Catholic church. There’s also some lovely ad libs at the start about Downes Bar where we were performing when this was recorded. Written by Sean McDonagh. Performed by Gus McDonagh and Sean McDonagh

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Sales Meeting

A really funny sketch set in a booze company (cough, Diageo, cough) sales meeting, where a nasty maniac of a CEO demands answers and data about the latest disappointing drinking related sales figures. As well as being scarily accurate about big business, this sketch has a really brilliant energy. The CEO is definitely a character we would like to bring back in another sketch. Written by Ken Rogan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley

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Commercial Breaks

There’s something really unusual about doing radio ads live but it seemed to work perfectly. In general, real radio ads these days are almost a parody of themselves , so we just went all out and conjured up the most ludicrous products, placements and companies with our own unique twist. They were so much fun to perform. The live sound cues always seemed to add to the madness a bit and they were very different from anything else we had done. Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley

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The State of Our Relationship

We had great craic with this simple premise – What if countries were people and they were in a melodramatic soap opera called The State of Our Relationship? So, in Episode 1 we explore the relationship between Ireland and England. The sketch was so well received that we kept it going for more episodes (see below) Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan and Eva Bartley

In Episode 2 we delve deeper into our country soap opera and explore the relationship in the British Isles. Broad caricatures, sure. Funny, absolutely Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley

In Episode 3 we discover that Ireland and England have an illegitimate lovechild. A real little rebel. Who could it be? Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan, Dorothy Cotter and Eva Bartley

In Episode 4 the excitable America arrives for the summer with suitably hilarious results. But what little secret is America hiding? Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan, Gus McDonagh and Eva Bartley

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Regional Jokes

Strangely enough this is one of our most viewed sketches online. It seems that people stumble across it when looking for examples of certain types of Irish accent. They may have to look a little further as we loosely tackle various regional accents and stereotypes through the medium of classic jokes. The audience reactions on this one are so good they almost sound like they were added in. They’re not. Added in that is. Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley

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The Secret Diary of Manchester United’s John O’Shea

Kalle is from Waterford. John O’Shea is from Waterford. So this sketch was destined to happen. No one really knows much about John O’Shea. Until now. One of the odder sketches we have performed and it has become a cult favourite. What exactly is a jar of crows? Written and performed by Kalle Ryan.

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Jesus and Lucifer

We had this idea to write a sketch for Gus as Jesus. Then somehow that got mixed through a filter of The Sopranos and other Hollywood mafia cliches. Christballs has never been funnier. Fuggedaboutit. Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan and Gus McDonagh.

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Rest of the World vs Ireland

In Ireland our attitude to life and everything around us is distinctly different to everywhere else in the world. So we took that to the ultimate extreme. Really quickfire, quite silly, full of great gags and the audience seemed to really connect with it on the night. Many a true word spoken in jest. Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley

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Celebrity Self-less-ishness

Self-important celebrities & their charity work were the main target here. It is an absolutely hilarious piece that also manages to savage those fluffy ‘Expose’ style interviews too. The best part is towards the end, as the sketch draws to a close, Sean and Eva start cracking up and it only makes the sketch even funnier. It is a great snapshot of a classic night at the brownbread mixtape where the cast fluffs their lines, laugh it off and the audience roars in approval. Written by Sean McDonagh. Performed by  Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley.

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The New Day Job

So many modern companies like Boogle and Facebuke have ridiculous amounts of perks and freebies associated with the working environment, so we just took that to the most ludicrous extremes. Or maybe they are the reality? Either way, wouldn’t you love to have a unicorn racing room? Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan and Eva Bartley

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Do you speak my language?

Quite an unusual sketch utilising this gobbledygook nonsense speak that was centred around the idea that meaning could be inferred from almost any conversation really. The lines were almost impossible to say but really fun to imbue with meaning. Dik dak drak in de barsnak? Fair play to the audience for going along with it! Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan and Sean McDonagh.

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Dublin Teenager of the Future

Eva had done a slightly toned down version of a character like this in a different sketch, so she really was able to bring this absurd speech to life. Something always made us chuckle at the silly slang and futuristic details as delivered by a vapid teenager from a future Dublin suburb. Would still love to know what a YouTube party is. Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Eva Bartley.

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BONUS sketch:

The Definitive View – Poetry Panel

This sketch was written as a silly way of making fun of pretentious arts shows, as well as “roasting” some of the many brilliant poets we have met during the year. The character of Sneachta Ni Mhurchu had always got a massive response when we performed the fake radio ads, so we just knew she needed her own sketch. Fair play to Colm Keegan (The Crackle) , Karl Parkinson (The Positivity Manifesto), Stephen James Smith (Signing Your Life Away) and Dave Lordan (Fearless) for being such good sports about the sketch. It requires a little bit of knowledge about their poetry and performance styles (click the links and listen), but hopefully it works as a stand alone sketch too. Join us for the definitive view! Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Elderest McDonagh, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley

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There are, of course, bucketloads of other brilliant sketches that didn’t make this list. They can all be found on our YouTube channel, so please check it out and if you dig what you see, we encourage you to subscribe to it. Every month the YouTube channel is updated with brand new sketches and more from our live shows. There are over 100 videos available for your viewing pleasure there already!

This year, The Brownbread Players will also be breaking free of their mixtape shackles and performing at other venues. Stay up to date on the blog and Facebook page about those shows! Exciting times up ahead!

We also hope to film some additional sketches & short films and post them to the channel, so keep an eye out for those. In fact, we have already added the short film “Modern Ireland” (Dir. David Bagnall & David O’Sullivan) which we are very proud of.

Kalle was inspired by the film to put together a sweet video for the Paschal Quigley song of the same name, which has also been uploaded to the channel. Worth a look too.

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