Big Wow Small Wonder
Over the next four months I am going to be writing and devising a brand new show for young audiences (4-8) called Big Wow Small Wonder. I'll be working with the brilliant Half Moon Young People's Theatre and lots of groups of young people, including pupils from Darlinghurst School in Southend and with customers to my local bookshop Jacqson and Diego. I'll also be working alongside a composer and a set designer, and maybe even a puppeteer. All this is possible thanks to some generous support by the Arts Council. For most of the time I was at school, I was always the smallest in the class, so no doubt I will be drawing on some of these experiences. I've no idea how the script will pan out, but I can't wait to get started...
The Book of World Record Breaking Rhymes
This summer I wrote and performed an interactive poetry show commissioned by Southend Libraries to support their Summer Reading Challenge. (The photo is of me in an honorary Reading Challenge T-Shirt). The Book of Record Breaking Rhymes celebrated some of the most unusual and extraordinary human achievements plus some amazing facts about the natural world, all recorded in the Guinness Book Of Records. I learnt a lot while researching the show. Charles Osbourne the man who had hiccups for 68 years springs immediately to mind! I wrote poems and songs about Pele, Usain Bolt and the likes of Nick "the Lick" whose tongue is a tremendous 10.10 centremetres long, and with the help of some pound-shop-props, audiences helped me recreate a "human circus" of the tallest, smallest, oldest and hairiest. It was great fun to perform the show in Southend. I receieved some first class feedback and Record Breaking Rhymes is now available for booking to any interested library or community setting.
Apples and Snakes Public Address Tour
I'm delighted to have been invited to take part in Apples and Snake's prestigious Public Address tour, representing Essex (!) alongside my fellow poets Shagufta K (Bristol), AJ McKenna (Newcastle), Jasmine Gardosi (Birmingham) and guests from around the country. We have all written 15 minute spoken word theatre pieces around the theme of Soapbox and the whole show is directed by award winning poet and performer Hannah Silva. My piece (although partly fictional) is a nostalgic nod to an old teacher of mine and is called Village Jesus. It's going to be the first time I've written and performed something purely for adults for about ten years. We'll be visiting Plymouth, Newcastle, Birmingham, Southampton and London. For more information, see the Apples event page, www.applesandsnakes.org/page/108/PUBLIC+ADDRESS+THE+SOAPBOX+TOUR/1588.
National Poetry Day
National Poetry day is on Thursday 8th October and this year's theme is light. I'm visiting lots of schools in and around this week but I still have availability for more bookings. I perform for audiences of all ages, Key Stages 1 -4, and offer workshops to individual classes around writing and performing, drawing on the National Poetry Day theme or any theme suggested by the school. I love visiting schools. It's one of the highlights of the job for me. If you are a teacher who would like me to work in your school at this or any other time, please email me at email@example.com.
One Way Ticket Tour
Hooray, there are more One Way Ticket shows this October and November in Salisbury and London....
One Way Ticket, co-written and performed by myself and the talented Sophie Rose alongside lead writer Australian poet Rosie Harris, is a powerfully poetic story of stolen childhood based on the experiences of child migrants shipped to Australia in the 1950's.
The show's initial tour took in ships in Southampton and Gillingham and theatre venues in Margate and London. We've had some amazing feedback, including this five star review from Children's Theatre Reviews.
Originally produced by Rosie Harris in conjunction with leading performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes, One Way Ticket is now available as part of Half Moon Young People's Theatre's touring portfolio.
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