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Jasmine Gardosi – Bodies, taboos, and what poetry can do

Jasmine Gardosi – Bodies, taboos, and what poetry can do

September’s Poet of the Month, Jasmine Gardosi, talks to Apples and Snakes about writing, taboos, and dance classes…

Donata Kukyte Photography | Autin Dance Theatre

I have an obsession with taboo. At least, poking holes in it to see what comes out. For those who aren’t 100% sure on what taboos are, these are the subjects, words or phrases that we avoid or find difficult to talk about due to social customs, codes or for silly reasons that have somehow stuck. Menstruation is one example. Mental health can be …

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Jenny Lindsay: Picture the Poet at Tullie House, Carlisle

Jenny Lindsay: Picture the Poet at Tullie House, Carlisle

Writer of spoken word poetry and theatre Jenny Lindsay talks Picture The Poet workshops, character journeys, and performance confidence at Tullie House. 

I was thrilled to be part of this project. As a spoken word educator based in Scotland, it was great to be able to cross the border to meet fine young poets – even when crossing the border meant replacement buses and diverted routes!

Speaking of diverted routes: the group I was working with came to these workshops from backgrounds not in spoken word, theatre, poetry …

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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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NO MORE WORRIES – The Tour So Far...

NO MORE WORRIES – The Tour So Far…

Hitting its third month on the road, No More Worries, a new solo show from spoken word artist Simon Mole, is picking up rave reviews. We take a look at the tour so far…

‘A couple of years ago I had an idea for a story. A story which involved two guys travelling round Britain in a VW camper…’

With five venues already under its belt, the six-month tour of Simon Mole’s solo venture, No More Worries, is in full swing and wowing audiences up and down …

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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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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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One Way Ticket: Katrina Quinn

We met bright and early at the Half Moon Theatre in East London. Our sleepiness was soon forgotten as we warmed up with cups of tea and exercises that got us moving, making strange sounds and creating stories together. We then sat down to hear the first half of the group’s work that they’ve developed for the project so far. From the get-go it was clear that everyone had pushed themselves and branched out in new directions. It was inspiring to listen to what people had written on various issues …

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The Found – underground recordings

The Rememberers opened last night at The Old Vic Tunnels – and an integral part of the show are the young writers who comprise The Found. In the story, The Found are secret protectors of The Rememberers, guarding them from the sinister NorCon corporation. Before Kenny Baraka begins the show proper, the audience get to tour the Tunnels and hear from these young poets, who have written pieces based in the dystopian world of the show. Have a listen to some below!

The Rememberers is on all this week …

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Kenny Baraka on The Rememberers at The Old Vic Tunnels

Kenny Baraka, writer and star of hip-hop sci-fi live graphic novel The Rememberers, talks to us about bringing the show to The Old Vic Tunnels this week.

I’m incredibly excited to bring The Rememberers to The Old Vic Tunnels. The venue is exactly the right space for the show: underground and off the grid. As  leader of a formidable rebel group – The Found – I’m telling the story of this little girl whose journey of self-discovery and recently discovered powers change the course of history. Wait ’til …

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