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A Festive Message From Apples and Snakes

A Festive Message From Apples and Snakes

 

Dear family and friends,

Squabbling over the advent calendar in the office has begun so it must mean it’s December and, unbelievably, we are on the countdown to the end of the year.

It’s whizzed by again, jam-packed with fabulous events, poets, and projectstoo numerous to mention. Once again we have been lucky enough to work with a wide range of partner organisations, from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics to the National Portrait Gallery to Latitude Festival to Free Word, delivering our diverse programme across the country.

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Public Address Artist Commission – Justin Coe

Public Address Artist Commission – Justin Coe

Following the success of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, we caught up with each of the ensemble artists to hear about their experiences of being involved in the project, and where they see their work heading next. Listen to Justin Coe’s Public Address commission, recorded live at Bloomsbury Festival…

‘It had been a while since I had the chance to make a poetry piece for adults, so I was delighted to be asked to be part of the Apples and Snakes Public Address tour.

I wanted to write something that

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Public Address Artist Commission – Shagufta K

Public Address Artist Commission – Shagufta K

Following the success of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, we caught up with each of the ensemble artists to hear about their experiences of being involved in the project, and where they see their work heading next. Listen to Shagufta K’s Public Address commission, recorded live at Bloomsbury Festival…

‘This experience has given me such an insight into writing a more sustained piece of work, rather than a poetry set that I have always worked from in the past. Addressing a particular theme initially seemed a difficult task, but once

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Public Address Artist Commission – AJ McKenna

Public Address Artist Commission – AJ McKenna

Following the success of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, we caught up with each of the ensemble artists to hear about their experiences of being involved in the project, and where they see their work heading next. Listen to AJ McKenna’s Public Address commission, recorded live at Bloomsbury Festival…

‘Going into Public Address I knew there were a number of things I wanted to do. I wanted to write something which interrogated the idea of romantic love, but I also knew I wanted that piece to be a genuine conversation

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Public Address Artist Commission – Jasmine Gardosi

Public Address Artist Commission – Jasmine Gardosi

Following the success of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, we caught up with each of the ensemble artists to hear about their experiences of being involved in the project, and where they see their work heading next. Listen to Jasmine Gardosi’s Public Address commission, recorded live at Bloomsbury Festival…

‘Public Address has been a unique chance to work and form bonds with other poets from all over the UK. I’ve also loved the opportunity to push myself artistically and do things vocally I never thought possible, under the direction of

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Looking Back – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

Looking Back – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

This autumn, Apples and Snakes invited a group of exciting and innovative spoken word artists from across the UK to be part of a uniquely theatrical spoken word show – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour.

‘I always forget how inspiring and moving spoken word can be!’ – Audience member

Working alongside renowned writer and director Hannah Silva, whose innovative work incorporates elements of live art and soundscape, the four-strong Public Address ensemble set about exploring the theme of ‘soapbox’ within their writing, and challenged preconceived ideas of what a …

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Jasmine Gardosi – Don’t Get Comfortable

Jasmine Gardosi – Don’t Get Comfortable

As Public Address heads towards its third stop on the Soapbox Tour, ensemble artist Jasmine Gardosi talks about the necessity of stepping out of your comfort zone…

This Public Address Tour is a show full of poets making themselves uncomfortable – in the good sort of way.

We have Helen Seymour who literally can’t seem to get comfortable on any of her on-stage seats. We have Justin Coe pushing himself beyond his usual territory of children’s audiences. We have AJ McKenna performing through a mouthful of rice.

And as soon …

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Justin Coe – The Power of Rant

Justin Coe – The Power of Rant

Ahead of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, ensemble artist Justin Coe talks poetry, performance, and perfecting the political rant…

I don’t suppose I could change your mind, could I?

Perhaps if I was a proper ranting poet, I wouldn’t bother asking. I’d just get out there and say what I felt, no messing. The first poet I saw live was Attila The Stockbroker, way back in 1994. Rude rhymes, angry songs and surreal social commentary; I loved it. I never knew it was possible that you could rock up …

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AJ McKenna – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

AJ McKenna – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

AJ McKenna is one of four spoken word artists who make up the core ensemble of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, a new theatrical spoken word show directed by award-winning writer and performer Hannah Silva. Ahead of the tour, AJ explores what the evolving artform of spoken word really means today…

What is spoken word? This, I think, is a question we’re going to be asking a lot in the next few years. As the scene grows in response to the runaway success of artists like Kate Tempest and …

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Hannah Silva – Writing as Performance

Hannah Silva – Writing as Performance

Hannah Silva is an awarding winning poet, performer, and playwright known for her innovative explorations of language and voice in performance. As Apples and Snakes’ Poet of the Month for September and Artistic Director of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, Hannah talks to us about the art of writing as performance.

I like to think of performing poetry as writing the poem right there in the moment of performance, discovering it with an audience, giving it breath and meaning. In performance the important thing is to do the writing …

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