Spoken Like a Champion has arrived, and to give you a glimpse of what to expect we've profiled two of our spoken word performers. Keen for a wild night of poetry? Tickets are on sale here and on the door.


Stephanie Dogfoot

Describe yourself in haiku

there once was a bean
who thought this was limerick
but wasn't quite skilled
(enough to combine both)

Who’s exciting you in the Melbourne spoken word scene right now?

I just got to Melbourne last week so I'm still just starting to learn about the scene! I really enjoyed watching Eleanor Jackson and Natalie Jeffreys at the opening night. Loved Eleanor's wit and stage presence and Natalie's incredible combining of music and epic poetry. Also, I really admire Waffle Irongirl's writing and performance style when she performed in Singapore last month!

Can you describe your dream game show?

As a kid, I always wanted to be on one of those supermarket sweep shows where you had to buy a bunch of things from a supermarket under a certain amount of time. I would love to design and create my own game show. Not sure what it would entail yet, but it would ideally involve puppets and live animals, and it would test contestants on a combination of physical fitness, improv skills and general knowledge. Like, you'd have to swim across a river to pet a dog and then make up a story about what caused the dinosaurs to go extinct.

Do you have any pre-show rituals? 

When I get nervous before a gig, I usually do that thing of tensing all my muscles then exhaling slowly. And I try to remember to drink water.

Arielle Cottingham

Describe yourself in haiku

The Five-Foot Fury
flings hurricanes and fire for
alliteration

Who’s exciting you in the Melbourne spoken word scene right now?

Thabani's work is really exciting to me because he's somehow cracked the Konami code for winning slams without writing poems in the traditional, accepted slam style and format. I have a lot of respect for that.

Can you describe your dream game show?

My dream game show is Eat the Rich: the billionaires of the world are forced to live on the minimum wages they pay their employees for a year. At the end of the year, they are given the choice to raise their minimum wages up to a liveable standard that they would find acceptable for their own lives, or use the entirety of their wealth to pay off every debt every employee has.

Do you have any pre-show rituals? 

Stretching and dancing. Get the body warm and the voice will follow.


Spoken Like a Champion is tonight, Friday 26 July at Brunswick Mechanics Institute from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are available here and we'll pop some on the door. There will also be a huge and exciting raffle! We can't wait to see you there.