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jem rolls
Presented by big word performance poetry


Reviewed: 2008-07-26 15:36:15
By: Leila Marston (

jem rolls: how i stopped worrying and learnt to love the mall is an extremely unusual show, quite unlike anything I've seen at the Fringe before; it's kind of how I would imagine an hour-long poetry slam to run, if it starred and was emceed by one borderline-lunatic poet.  And I mean that in the best sense.

Jem is a frenzied performer, at the top of his game and utterly possessed by his art.  He has a great deal of message to deliver in a single hour, and does so with such rollicking, mesmerizing turn of phrase that I was almost hypnotized by the end.  This is word art at its finest, the full pithy richness of the English language encapsulated in shopping mall simile and synecdoche.

I admit, I saw this show mainly for curiousity, wondering who this five-starred, sell-out performer was and what he did to garner consistently high reviews.  I no longer wonder, but marvel at his consummate skill and artistry.

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