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?


The Shouting Mute Writing Workshops

Hello again. Last week we hosted an online writing workshop and it was great. We had five enthusiastic participants, who are all fantastic poets. They’ve all written the beginnings of some fantastic poems. It was a really fun afternoon full of writing, sharing, and connecting.
From hosting this workshop, I’ve realised there need to be more of these kind of online events, a lot more. So we’ll be doing some more. Don’t worry you definitely won’t miss out, if you wanted to do it, and there’s a replay available of last week’s workshop we’ll be sharing online soon.
I would love to know what you think I should do next? What type of workshops you would like to see on offer?
In the meantime, here’s some advice and answers to some of the FAQs I get asked:
  • How to write and edit poetry ~ my top tips are just write it. Leave it for a day or two. Even an year. Come up back to it and write it again and edit the two pieces into the best poem with the best lines. Remember that every line needs to be a punch. Fast or slow. That is your choice but every one of a poem lines needs to hurt the listener in some way or another. Your job as a creative is to settle the disturbed and disturb the sleeping. And if people like the poem or don’t like the poem you did a good job because you made them think. I have a lot of tips online so check out them on my blog post on the website

  • What am I interested in ~ Honestly poetry, music, and performance art. Without them I wouldn’t even get up by 12 noon and arts and football on a weekend for a break makes me want to live. The only way to live is for enjoyment

  • Any recommendations ~ My favourite poet is Luke Wright. Check him out. Tiny bit rude but some times rude is good. Most people don’t agree but they can shut up and just don’t listen. Another amazing poet is Joelle Taylor. She is an amazing wordsmith and go to out:spoken if you are in London after lock down is over. Look up John Cooper Clarke and his poem Twat. It is the best poem ever written in my opinion. They can’t find a good word for you, but I can. Twat. It’s the best bit of poetry in the world in my opinion. Another incredible poet is Jonathan G. He is very painful to read but that is why you like him.

  • Why should we write at all ~ Writing is about giving voices, yours, the disabled people in your community. The black people in your community matter. Women matter and we should more woman in power. Your sex matters. Difference is the key to peace. And all working together is the key to the climate emergency. All together. All safe. All can live for life. The world is one planet and that is the way forward to save the human race. Some people won’t say but the climate emergency is actually a human emergency. If we don’t protect life, we will die. Writers have a big job putting that across.

  • What am I working on now ~ Well I am writing a Poetry book right now for some time later this year. I am planning a social media take over. Kerry, I want to be famous make that happen hahaha. Actually I will have two pieces about Climate change out next year if they go ahead. One for Drake Music, a disabled focused music company. And one for Inside Out festival in Dorset if everything works

I would also like to know if you want your poetry shared through my social media. I’m offering to film myself reading your poems to camera, to share online, with credit to you. If this sounds like something you would like me to do for you, please email

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BIG NEWS! Virtual Writing Workshop on Thursday 4th June

Hello there.
The Shouting Mute is looking for 5 lucky participants to be in a live virtual workshop about writing poetry. In the workshop you’ll be writing your own poems inspired by the approach I used to write my poem ‘I am an Eye Gaze’ – writing in the voice of an object you love. You’ll receive writing tips and feedback from me, and you’ll have the chance to share and chat with the group.
The workshop will be held in the afternoon of Thursday 4th June, led by Dave and assisted by his PA, Kerry. Join us for some lock down fun.
The plan is to have some online creative fun in this lockdown. We’ll also be recording the workshop to share online, to create a replay for social media, so people who can’t be there will get a chance to join in the fun another time.
There are only 5 spots available so if you’re interested send me your email address or other contact info to get the link and secure your spot, and let me know if you have any access requirements so we can help you participate to the best of your ability from the comfort of your own home. I would also love to hear from you if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions. You can message me on Facebook or email
We’re so excited about this workshop, it should be a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to seeing you on Zoom for some writing fun and games.
Leading creative writing workshops at 1Voice

Mini Workshop: Writing with Artistic Taste

Hello. Here are some more writing tips from The Shouting Mute. Today I’m going to tell you about taste and finding your taste when it comes to good poetry, films, music and art. If you know what’s good, you can write great.
You need to find out who your inspirations are. You need to know which artists make you think wow, artists who make you want to know more about them, artists who make you think that was amazing.
To do this go to Youtube, Spotify, Google, and other places where artists’ work can be found, including social media platforms. Look up your favourite poet, music artists, theatre maker, whatever and whoever. Is there a theme that links the artists you love? Is there a theme that might tell you why you like them? What is it about what they do that you like? Are there methods in their art that you could use as well? Is every sentence beginning with ‘I am’ or ‘you’? What are their rules that you can adopt and create with? What tools do they use that you can put in your tool bag? What from your analysis of their work can you apply to your work? As an example, I’m going to list some of my favourite artists and what I like about them –
Jonny Fluffypunk – He takes the normality of loving things and talks about them in a loving dreamy and funny way. His work has a punchy rhythm to it.
Joelle Taylor – The imagery and potency makes punches to your soul. Rhythmic sounding hurts you hard.
Luke Wright – He has an energetic beat and rhythmic sound that makes you listen to his words.
Review as many artists as you can, and in my case they’re poets but, it could be playwrights or authors, or any one. List the things that you like about their work, to work out your tastes. Your taste will help you turn a meal for one into running a restaurant and knowing what to cook for your audiences.

Mini Workshop: Creative Questions

Hello and welcome back to writing tips with The Shouting Mute.
Is creativity really just a call and response process, or is it much more than that? Creativity is how culture develops. Creativity comes from questions. How many of us wonder what it would be like if Aliens came to Earth? Or if Charles was a fish and Ellen was a perfect dog? Those are some of the big questions of the world.
You can get creative by using a question you want an answer to and trying to answer it. It doesn’t have to be anything scientific or meaningful. It could be ‘Can I love chocolate or chips as much as I love a person? Then once you have a question, you can research it or let your imagination just go for it. Creative artists are more curious and questioning than the rest of society, but we mustn’t get confused. We aren’t policy creators but the arts is a great way to effect policy and start a conversation about something that interests you. Come up with some questions of your own and try to answer them in your creative writing.
Here’s an example –
My question is ‘What would you say to an alien?’  I will use Charlie and his friend Jordan.
Charlie: Hey Jordan. what would you say to an alien?
Jordan: do you have chocolate on Mars?
Charlie: it is from the celebration box. the round red box.
Jordan: I know . maybe the aliens psychologically sent messages from brain waves to humans to name chocolate after them.
Charlie :  I doubt that but Yoda could control me. I have no problem with that.
Jordan: a crush on a green alien from Star Wars. a bit weird mate.
Charlie: no. he would be cool to control me.
Jordan: Again a bit weird mate.
Charlie: you just taking it the wrong way.
Jordan: can aliens play football?
Charlie: it could be like wheelchair footy.
Jordan: good point.
Give it a go, come up with your own questions and explore the answers in your creative writing. You could even ask someone else to ask you a question to write about, or do this exercise with a friend and see what each of you come out with. I would love to know how you get on, so give me a shout, and I’ll be back with another blog on Friday.