Social Distancing

Recently I’ve been venturing out and about around my local area.
First I went spent some time in my local park. Well personally I call it a green field with some football and cricket pitches, but it’s by the harbour so it looks pretty. I’m sure some richer than rich plonker wants it to build flats but they won’t get it. It’s a public space protected by the Queen so they can get lost.
It was the first time in 15 weeks that I’ve been out. I thought it would be like entering a strange new world where people would run away and stay in their cars, but the opposite happened. People were social distancing but not obviously. I actually like it now that people don’t get in my way or ask to pray for me. It’s okay to pray but there are better things to pray for than a white man in a wheelchair.
Here’s a suggestion – no more pandemics ever again. Pray for that more than just for me. So I guess I like social distancing because I don’t waste so many prayers.
My second trip out was to the barbers. I did have my carer cut my hair during lockdown, but I don’t think it’s a long term solution. They did a pretty good job but I prefer to actually look groomed. I was expecting an experience of full PPE and crazy new banter about it but, again, it was quite the opposite.
It was just a guy in a mask chopping my hair. He actually talked to me like a barber usually does, only this time we had masks on. How boring. Watching paint dry in lockdown was more fun.
I was disappointed I must say. I thought Corona virus was going to make people look ridiculous but it doesn’t. We just can’t see people’s mouths. It’s not such a big deal. Please wear a mask if you can. It’s to protect vulnerable people like me.

What Do You Want?

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?

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The Next Workshop ~ 27th July

Hello everyone… Breaking News! There will be another online workshop with me, The Shouting Mute, on the 27th of July at 2:30PM
Five lucky people, maybe even you, will be facilitated through the writing process of creating a poem from scratch, get to share your poem with the group, ask questions, get writing tips and start your week with a great creative experience.
As always, disabled people will get first dibs and jump the cue, but non-disabled can apply too. Some call that positive discrimination, I call it equalising the field!
We’re looking forward to meeting you online, for some fun with words that isn’t words with friends.  So what are you waiting for? Email my team and save your spot – Dave@TheShoutingMute.com
In the meantime, did you know I have a Facebook group for writers? Click the link at the top of my Facebook page to join 🙂
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My Thoughts on Adapting Theatre

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?

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