Posts Under ‘Spoken Word’ Category

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Years ago it was a cliché that if your house burnt down you’d grab the photo albums. After a break up you’d either burn the photos, take them out and reminisce when you felt sad, or clip the significant other out of the photo. Love letters. Now it’s all online. Who has photo albums to… Continue Reading →

Watching theatre in a language that is not your own

Tonight I’m seeing a play in German. Before it even starts I’ve bought a programme for another performance in the same building because my German isn’t really up to this. But that’s OK, it’s only €1.50 and I’m interested in how different theatres put together their programmes. Anyway I’m early and need something to read…. Continue Reading →

Tell Me a Story

When I started to write plays I was taught about characters having objectives, journeys, barriers, needs and wants in order to create drama on stage. Apply action verbs to define what is happening on every line. All too often this leads to shallow characters doing vacuous things. Where’s the story, I would ask myself. Where… Continue Reading →

Poetry along the Bridgewater Canal

If you live in Central Manchester you may well have missed some of the excellent performance and arts events as part of est.1761, designed to inspire and engage local communities with the story of the Bridgewater Canal, including Take Me to the Bridgewater last year in partnership with Blast Theory. Later this year textile artist Sally… Continue Reading →

Hikikomori

‘On the other side of the door, outside my room, nobody misses me,’ says schoolboy Nils. Yet outside, his mother sits and worries what to do, and his father waits. As audience members we listen to the words through headphones. We can choose which of the three narratives to follow. Schoolchildren in the audience listen… Continue Reading →