Kids Review: Down with the Poetry King!

Lilac Hastings, age 10, waxes lyrical about the Poetry King

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Down with the Poetry King
Published 10 Aug 2019

What happens in the show?

Mark Grist explains how he became the Poetry King. Along the way he teaches you a few poetry tricks about rhyming and encourages you to have a go. There are a few fun games to help you think more creatively and Mark performs some poems that he has written.

Describe the show in five words

Educational, fun, rhyme, different, inspiring.

Who was your favourite character and why?

Only Mark is in it, but I did really like him. He was very smiley and positive.

Were there any characters you didn’t like?


What did you like most about the show?

Everyone in the audience got to join in and offer suggestions. It was like being in a very fun English lesson. My sister liked being chosen to be his agent. My favourite poem in it was about apples, except it wasn’t really about apples.

What didn’t you like about the show?

I found the rhyming part hard and would have liked a bit more time to think of the answers.

If there were songs or music in the show, what did you think of them?

No songs, but Mark does rap. I think he said he has won awards for it.

What did your grown-up think of the show?

My mum thought it was a show with a really positive message for children and teens. She thought he seemed to have quite a lot of tricks up his sleeve to keep his young audience captivated. She thought he did a good job at getting all the children involved rather than just picking out one or two. She would have liked to have heard more of his poems, but I liked the games.
Would you tell your friends to come and see the show?

Yes – it was good fun and the poems were funny. I would probably recommend they practice their rhyming first though.