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Small Wonder Big Wow

I'm delighted to announce that I have receieved support from the Arts Council to create a new show for young people aged 4-7 called Small Wonder Big Wow, with guidance from the brilliant Half Moon Young People's Theatre in East London.
I will begin writing the show this summer and my research includes undertaking workshops and performances throughout my home town of Southend.

I'm particularly excitied to be celebrating Southend's response to the National Reading Challenge, which this year is on the special theme of Record Breakers.

So I will be doing special Small Wonder Big Wow and The Book of Record Breaking Rhyme shows in four libraries throughout the summer.

This is a hyperactive interactive celebration of some of the amazing feats and funniest fails that make up the Guinness Book Of Records. It should provide plenty of laughs, there's lots of new material but also quite a bit for the audience to get stuck into too.  This show is suitable for children aged 4 - 11 and their families.

The first show is at Southend Forum on Saturday July 18th. For more information see the dates page.

One Way Ticket Tour 

There are more One Way Ticket shows this October and November 2015 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.

We've enjoyed an Arts Council supported tour which took in ships in Southampton and Gillingham and theatre venues in Margate and London,while most recently we've also taken the show to appreciative audiences at Greenbelt Festival and Town Hall Tales Festival in Shoreditch

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.

Here's some other things I've been doing...

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, secondary and special needs 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.

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