Originally from the Garden of England that is Kent, Rod now lives in the urban jungle that is Manchester. Gay and a Doctor Who fanatic, he has somehow survived into his thirties.
Rod is a slam-winning poet who performs regularly at the rich variety of poetry nights in the Manchester area and hosts the monthly open mic night for Write Out Loud at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale, Cheshire.
Very exciting plans ahead for 2013.
Flapjack Press will be publishing a collection of Rod’s poetry called ‘Strange World Odd Person’ so there will be various launches for that around the country.
In addition, he is also developing a one-man show of the same name. This show will examine his love of cult TV and why it is important to him. Along the way, it will consider the irony of how as he came out as a gay man, he went back in the closet as a Dr Who fan. Of course, he is out and proud in both regards these days! Click here to see a request for help from Dr Who fans.
Also, he is having three poems included an international anthology of queer poetry “Flicker and Spark” that will be published in America.
Here are some notable events from the past few years:
Rod performed his “Is Rod Tame a True Gay?” set at The Lowry twice as the special guest of the Working Verse Poetry Collective. A great space and a great reaction from the near capacity audience both times.
“His set… is very funny, but it feels honest, heartfelt, self-deprecating and reflective…. Tame’s final poem, a love poem to his partner, is really beautiful and an uplifting end to the first half of the show.” – Laura Maley, The Public Reviews (Review of Working Verse – Amateur Thematics night January 2012. Read the full review here)
Other notable gigs were Utter! in Edinburgh - his first experience of the Fringe Festival – and FAB Cafe in Leeds (trying out some of his new sci-fi themed work).
He was also co-host of the newly founded “Bang Said The Gun: Manchester”, a sister night to the London original. It was an amazing opportunity to share the stage with excellent poets from around the country, such as Byron Vincent and Harry Baker, as well as top poets from around Manchester.
2011 was an exciting year. Rod acted in the role of Wizard in Dominic Berry’s theatre show ‘Wizard’, a piece of work exploring the themes of isolation and agoraphobia. It was funded by the Arts Council England and was guided by the masterful hand of Martin ‘Visceral’ Stannage (currently touring as a member of Pen-ultimate with their theatre show A Night on the Tiles).
“ an outstanding performance by Rod Tame as Wizard” – Simon Belt, www.manchestersalon.org.uk
“the acting was superb, Rod Tame needing special mention for his playing of Wizard” – Julian Jordan, Write Out Loud (Read the full review here)
Other notable performances included The Inspired Word in New York, The Stonewall Inn during New York Pride and ’An Evening With Dominic Berry and Rod Tame’ in Manchester’s ‘Not Part Of’ Festival.
“Four out of five stars.. Their contemporary new wave performance poetry emotively toyed between comedy, despair and underlying socio-political themes.” – Sally Bolchover, Large Manchester (Read the full review here)
Rod’s poem ‘Saint George Is Cross’ was included in the anthology ‘Best of Manchester Poets, Volume 2′ while his poem ‘Evolution of the Cybermen’ was published in ‘The Best Doctor Who Poems in the Universe’ (available from gjbpublishing).
Poems ‘Renaissance Man’ and ‘I Know’ included in the anthology ‘Best of Manchester Poets, Volume 1’, the first major attempt in recent years to showcase the talent, individuality and sheer fun of the Manchester poetry scene. Available directly from the publisher Puppywolf and via Amazon.
In September, he also took over as host of Write Out Loud Sale.
Rod took the lead role of Aristotle in the award-winning play ‘Drowning Aristotle’ written by Melanie Rees and performed as part of the Chorlton Arts Festival and Manchester’s ‘Not Part Of’ festival.
“ far, far too sexy” – not Rod’s words but the words of Sarah Savage at CityLife (Read the full review here)