A few weeks ago I was asked to give a speech about the future of the arts, and I thought I would share it with you. We’re at a very delicate stage in history. To come out stronger we obviously need to adapt our processes before we can even think about going back to work.
Tell me what you want, what you really really want. Yea that’s right, I just quoted the Spice Girls. I wish I could quote green day instead but I don’t think they have the right lyrics for this blog… except ‘welcome to paradise’ because that’s what I want to create for you…
This blog is to ask you, my audience, what you want? What do you want more of, from The Shouting Mute? Do you want more poetry shares? Do you want more blogs? Do you want more writing workshops?
I’m writing a book of poems, which I hope you’ll all read and enjoy. All profits will go towards supporting the arts I’m involved in. Do you want a book of poems? Do you want more merchandise like that?
What would you like to see on my channels – on my YouTube, on my Facebook page, in my Facebook Group, or on my website?
What do you want to see me do? Would you like to see more films? Do you want to see me clowning around and singing? I’ve been singing a lot in lockdown.
So I would love you to tell me – what do you want?
Hello. Things are coming to an end. Lockdown is almost over for a lot of people. Except for the fact there will be hundreds of thousands of disabled people not able to physically work just yet. The virus is still around and a big problem for the most vulnerable in society to get out and about. What are we doing for them?
The theatres are on the brink, but do theatres need to be both physical and virtual? Are we blocking off thousands of potential audience members that could see the work using social media? Especially when it’s a free non-ticketed event? Even with ticket paying shows, why can’t they be streamed on Zoom, or have a limited number of people on the portal? Is it time to write off the night out and make it a night in like everything else?
The reshaping of theatre could allow performances to be online. There are already online streaming theatre sites up and running, should this be a bigger part of the live experience than we think?