One Way Ticket Tour
I'm delighted to be touring a major new spoken word show for young people (7 plus) focusing on the post-war British child migration scandal.
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.
My character is an 11 year old boy called Ronnie who lives in a children's home in the UK. Already separated from his parents who he believes to be dead, he is promised a brand new family and an exciting life in the sun down under. But, just like what happened to the real child migrants, what awaits him in Australia is anything but cosy.
Supported by the Arts Council and Produced by Rosie Harris in conjunction with leading performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes and the young people's theatre Half Moon, One Way Ticket will tour theatre and ships anchored in Margate, Gillingham, Southampton and London from March -
It's a powerful story but hopefully an enjoyable watch too and there are also opportunties for the audience to take part in workshops and (on boat performances) to tour the ships. See the gig page for ticket details.
I'm also available January - August for...
Schools performances and workshops across all key stages
As an experienced poet and creative practitioner in schools, I offer entertaining 20 - 60 minute performances and an engaging full or half day of follow-up workshops for nursery schools, infant, junior and secondary schools. I also do full week or long term residencies. For more details see the schools page.
My Creepy-Crawly Story House (Key stage 1)
Through interactive poetry, song and art, the show charts some hilarious encounters and spooky adventures with bugs, mini-beasts and fantastical creatures. Creepy Crawly Story House is highly suitable for performances in studio theatres, libraries, community halls. It also works brilliantly in schools, especially for key stage 1 poetry or mini-beast projects. For more details and reviews see shows.
The World Cup of Words (Key stage 1 and 2)
It's the World Cup Finals in June. Why not celebrate (or help soothe the agony) performance of passionate football and world poetry and get everybody in the mood with some fun and original sport-themed literacy games? If extra time is allowed participants can also produced their own football themed chants and verse. For more details see schools page...
Dyslexia Awareness Days (Key stage 1 -4)
A diagnosed dyslexic, I've been asked by several schools to help celebrate a Dyslexia Awareness Week. I read and performs poems from my show The Jumble Book about a boy who struggles with reading at school but after finding out he has dyslexia becomes a playground rapstar. I then work with individual classes on writing and performing skills and sometimes with selected dyslexic pupils to produce and present a poem. This material works across all key stages 2 -4. There's a silly song about dyspraxia and underpants too, for key stage 1 and 2.
The Dictionary of Dads (Family)
In the last five years I've been busy becoming and being a Dad to three children. But I have also written 101 poems about Dads that (despite the dyslexia) I've managed to put into alphabetical order. There's a show featuring performances of some of these poems with plenty of audience interaction, which works best with children and parents watching together. Great for studio theatres, community spaces and libraries - or in schools as an after school entertainment and a way to get Dads (and Mums) involved. More details in the shows section.
Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Acknowledgements: (Cover photo taken by Peter Fry, other photos by Peter Fry or Alan from Pilton College, Barnstaple. Ilustrations are by Ed Boxall).