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Picture The Poet in Sunderland: Rowan McCabe

Picture The Poet in Sunderland: Rowan McCabe

 

Following the success of the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Picture the Poet’ exhibition, we caught up with featured artist, Rowan McCabe, to hear about his recent experiences running young people’s workshops at the Sunderland Music Workshop Centre.

A few months ago, I was asked by Apples and Snakes to run some workshops at the Sunderland Music Workshop Centre. It was on the theme of identity, in response to the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Picture the Poet’ exhibition and I really enjoyed being a part of it.

Over the weeks …

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Dan Simpson: Fringe Finale

Dan Simpson: Fringe Finale

As the Fringe hits its final weekend, Dan talks to us about how he’s been inspired to push his work to the next level.

There are many, many metaphors you can use to describe doing a show, and being, at the Fringe. Paula Varjack describes it as a videogame, which hits my nerd sensibilities perfectly.

The imagery I’ve got in my brain right now is that it’s a month-long performing arts course at a really intense university. A practical and theory module rolled into one: not just a training …

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Dan Simpson: 5 Dos and 5 Don’ts from the Fringe

Dan Simpson: 5 Dos and 5 Don’ts from the Fringe

The second in our access-all-areas Fringe blog series, following Dan Simpson as he performs his new show Nerdsmith. Dan gives his ultimate tips to making the most of the Fringe as a performer.

  • Don’t do a brand new, unplanned, semi-improvised show in the first weekend with someone you’ve never performed with before: there’s enough to do to get into your own show without the stress of that ridiculous thing.
  • Do a brand new, unplanned, semi-improvised show in the first weekend with someone you’ve never performed with before: the Fringe is
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Rosie Wilby Talks Out In South London and Queer'Say

Rosie Wilby Talks Out In South London and Queer’Say

The hilarious and multi-talented Rosie Wilby talks to us about the continuing need for queer radio, and what inspired her to set up spoken word show Queer’Say.

What inspired you to set up Out In South London?

I had worked on a BBC gay radio as a trainee years ago as a student and thought it was a shame there were no queer shows any more. In theory we are meant to be represented more broadly nowadays and not in need of our own niche. But I think we need

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Dan Simpson: Backstage at the Fringe

Dan Simpson: Backstage at the Fringe

The first in our access-all-areas Fringe blog series. As he gears up for his show Nerdsmith, Dan Simpson battles TFL with a flipchart and ghost Clyde in tow.

What are the essential things to pack when you’re away from home for a month? Socks, obviously. Phone charger, definitely. Massive flipchart stand? ESSENTIAL. 

It’s August, so time for the Edinburgh Fringe – and difficult journeys with oversized stationery. Tube-struck London was always going to be difficult to navigate, but the added fun of carting about a month’s worth of life –

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Clair Whitefield – Chopping Chillies on the Road to Edinburgh

Clair Whitefield – Chopping Chillies on the Road to Edinburgh

Apples and Snakes associate artist Clair Whitefield gives us an insight into the birth and development of her show Chopping Chillies, which will be hitting the stage at Edinburgh Free Fringe this August.

In 2012, I broke my big toe twice in six weeks. This coincided with taking part in Apples and SnakesThe Word’s a Stage programme. The aim? To create a mini epic: a 20-minute piece of new work. Not being able to walk meant I could sit and write to my heart’s content. Since then, I’ve …

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Our Friends, the Enemy.

Our Friends, The Enemy is an acclaimed one-man show combining theatre and spoken word to tell the story of the Christmas truce from the First World War. Here, writer Alex Gwyther explains the development of the piece from initial idea to finished production…

The First World War has always held a particular fascination for me. Perhaps I fought in it during a past life. There is something about it which strikes a chord in me, as I’m sure it does with many others. I can’t pinpoint it myself, but in …

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Richard Purnell is having a bath.

In anticipation of the scratch night for Bathtime – his new, darkly comic poetry show about love, death and bubble baths – Richard Purnell shares his experiences during the creation and development of the show…

Standing at the top of the Royal Mile, at the fag-end of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, limply flyering alongside a serially glum Gary From Leeds, surrounded by fire-breathers and beatboxers blithely rinsing tourists of their hard-earned, we realised

we are surrounded by gimmickry. Gimmickry. Not even disguised. The kind of gimmickry that …

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North East Go And See Fund

Tyneside poet James Wilkinson tells us how he put the North East Go And See Fund to good use!

It can feel a little isolated up here in the grim north, and as programme coordinator for the region I’ve often thought a travel bursary might be a good thing. So this year I finally got around to trying it out! It’s only a token pot, poets can claim back up to £50 towards the cost of anything that helps develop their career: performing out of region, going to see an …

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An extract from December’s London Snakebasket

This is an extract from December’s London Snakebasket, to view the full version, click here.

In the words of the song,“December man looks through the snow to let eleven brothers know they’re all a little older.” And how. But enough of this mal du siècle – we have a thrilling month in store. This Friday, we launch The Writing Room (it took us hours to think that one up), a workshop for poets in the 18-25 bracket. Our SPIN show pirouettes off to the Southbank on …

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