REVIEW- POEZEST By Mike Bennet : audio book reimagines Edgar Allen Poe
REVIEW- POEZEST By Mike Bennet
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Mike Bennett’s re-imagining of Edgar Allen Poe in ‘Poezest’ is a joyfully transgressive and rib crackingly amusing affair. Available now via Amazon Books, written by Mike Bennett with deliriously recherchez pictures by Steve Bowden. Talking Book And Paperback.
Poe is channeled through Bennett’s devious creative mind, fashioning a ribald, rascally and irreverent alternate Poe Universe in which outlandishly large noses (nudge nudge missis), chemical dependency, earthy human frailities and louche lunacy are ciphers for a wickedly keen satirical sensibility.
Delivered with a wonderfully fruity plum in the mouth and a wan wink in the jaundiced eye, Bennett masters a beautiful array of character voices, enthusiastically portrayed with a galloping gusto that could see him well set as a replacement for Brian Blessed on one of those tres amusant talking heads shows all about how shit Christmas is. We live in hope.
Bennett proclaims and projects with a phlegmy and farcical joie de vivre, whilst Gothic strings (beautifully rendered by Guy Cavall) and acidic sonic FX wrap you up in a very engaging 40 plus minutes of warped joy. Yes, this is truly the Perfect Christmas gift. Paperback, or download, but it has to be the audio if you want the full force of the Mike Bennett experience. The Premature Burial, The Black Cat, The Raven and many other Edgar Allen Poe originals are homaged, debugged and deconstructed and made anew. Beautifully written and voiced literary fevers from Bennett’s very own odious underworld.
This man has written for the likes of Rik Mayall, The Muppets, Frankie Howard and Ed The Duck(?!) in the past, but judging from this performance he has been hiding his comedic light under something of a scribe’s bushell. In fact Mike is a man of many parts, not all of them outlandishly engorged probosci.
When he’s not writing or performing you may find Mike Bennett producing records for an exciting array of similarly leftfield, renegade rock and roll types from Kim Fowley to The Fall to Ian Brown and Toyah. Presumably, there are rich pickings in the wayward world of popular music for source material in dialogue and the printed word. Or indeed the theatre…..
The light will be well and truly removed from the bushell when Mike Bennett opens his one-man show of ‘Poezest’ at the Bloomsbury Theatre London opening March 2018. I for one shall be venturing forth from my higgledy-piggledy haven on Honeycomb Hill to witness this rare treat.