by Estelle Rosen
Rob Gee qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 1994 and worked for 11 years in psychiatric units around the UK and Australia. Specializing in acute psychiatry, he has also worked in child and adolescent units, drug and alcohol services, therapeutic communities, eating disorder and early psychosis intervention services, and psychiatric intensive care units. Now a full-time stand up poet, Rob has toured the UK, Europe, Australia and North America, won numerous poetry slams, and regularly appears on BBC Radio. Rob's is the only performance ever to have instigated a fight at the UK's Leamington Spa Peace Festival.
Admittedly, comedian, poet, and storyteller is quite an expansive description, because all those things are in there. I've been described by reviewers as everything from “The missing link between theatre and rock 'n' roll,” to “Gollum on meth”. The core of what I do is slam poetry, but it's funnier than most slam poems, and I love telling jokes. It's also very theatrical. Basically, it's stand up comedy, with rhymes, stories and moving bits.