Edinburgh Fringe 2018 Show!
If brevity is the soul of wit, then emoji is the funniest language on the planet. Or it should be. Stand-up poet Dan Simpson taps into the ideograms and idiocy of our modern anxieties with a little 'wordplay alchemy' (FringeReview.co.uk). 'Charmingly geeky' (Scotsman) Glastonbury and BBC regular returns to the Fringe with whip-smart words and playful performance.
4 - 26 August (not 15th), 6.40pm
Banshee Labyrinth (venue 156), 29-35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG
90s nostalgia, overpriced brunch, and the housing crisis: Millennials have a lot going on. A data-driven performance about wanting the security of home - but being unable to afford it.
Forthcoming solo show currently in development, with support from Arts Council England, Battersea Arts Centre, and Wandsworth Arts Fringe. Check out the development blog: avocadoeconomics.tumblr.com
Got the smartphone blues? Stand-up poet Dan Simpson focuses his high-speed fuzzy logic on the screens and machines that rule over our lives. As the robots rise and deep learning AIs threaten to take over the world – how will humanity survive? An hour of emoji poetry, selfie stick performance, and computerised comedy from BBC / Glastonbury wordslinger Dan Simpson.
First shown at Edinburgh Fringe, and touring to London, Gothenburg, Exeter, Barnstable and Harrogate.
"the perfect antidote to the perpetual screen-burn of our internet-obsessed age" - The Scotsman
"a talented wordsmith - this is poetry for the selfie generation." - West End Wilma
2015's Edinburgh Fringe show. A multi-verse of awesome spoken word from stand-up poet Dan Simpson (BBC, Glastonbury, Canterbury Laureate). Science and love are quantum-entangled with metaphors that are metaFTW, as high-performance poetry meets geek culture in an energetically entertaining show.
"Simpson wants to show us that poetry can connect with everyone. He takes you by the hand and shines a light into this strange counter-culture that is poetry... mesmerizingly meta... wordplay alchemy."
- Fringe Review Recommended Show
2014 Fringe show, to coincide with the launch of Dan's first collection. Spoken word poet Dan Simpson (Glastonbury, BBC Radio, Canterbury Laureate) performs lively poems, smart jokes, and awesome flipchart presentations for geeks, nerds, and anyone who likes playing with words. Videogame verse and sci-fi-filled stanzas combine with meta-metre in an engaging show.
"Simpson’s poetry goes into a lot of unusual areas: using topics like video games and computer programming... but somehow managing to keep an emotional edge to the proceedings, while also having fun playing around with the idea of poetry itself... a hilarious ending to our week"
Dan's debut solo show for the Fringe 2013. Feel like you’ve been badly coded? A comedic spoken word story about growing up and learning to be happy. It’s also quite a lot about the orange ghost from Pac-Man, who has problems of his own. Canterbury Laureate Dan Simpson presents a geeky confessional about childhood regrets, teenage idiocy and twenties stupidity told through poems, music, jokes and a ridiculous over-analysis of the videogame Pac-Man.
"Charmingly geeky" - The Scotsman
"endearingly nerdy" - Three Weeks
"clever, frequently amusing" - Broadway Baby