Grow Up and Just Love Chocolate

The Show
Grow Up and Just Love Chocolate by The Shouting Mute, is a poetic journey about a young man Dave (The Shouting Mute) working out how to live his life. The spirit of his dearest school friend, Terry, is there to listen and to help Dave discover who or what does he really love. The story interweaves his many different relationships, from human ones to Comic book hero’s and the objects that he must rely on to help him along his journey of discovery.
Grow up and Just Love Chocolate uses a variety of techniques to express and explore the human voice. As a poet The Shouting Mute uses an alternative communication device which allows him to question and challenge his audience about who’s voice they imagine when they hear the emotionless robotic voice of his communication device. What emotions and feelings can be conveyed in monotone?
Grow up and Just Love Chocolate uses the voices of live actors, film, music and movement to explore our relationships with the people and the things around us and ask us, what voice do we have in these relationships? Can a female voice be in a males mind? How many voices does a mind have? and What is your true voice? So be ready to eat chocolate, run, cry and laugh on this wild journey of loneliness, discovery and love.
The Journey So Far…
The Shouting Mute aims to promote communication through poetry and creativity. By merging art forms poetry becomes more accessible and appealing to a wider audience. With an award from Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts and supported by Diverse City and Lighthouse Poole, Grow up and Just Love Chocolate undertook a period of R&D in November 2017 with the aim of exploring how poetry could be performed in different creative ways.
Through exploring the concept of how many voices an artist may have the Shouting Mute ,who has to use a computerised voice to speak, wanted to use different mediums to create a visual language to support his monotoned electronic voice and the poetry he writes. By using movement, performance, puppetry, film and music different styles of ‘voices’ were created to explore the relationships we have in the world.
During the R&D period The Shouting Mute initially explored actors taking over his voice and performing his poetry using different accents and vocal ranges to bring a new voice to his words. But by taking out his electronic voice completely it lost an aspect of himself and it became difficult to see his world. So he reintroduced his voice and performance alongside that of performers to create a dialogue within his poetry.
This mix of electronic voice , physical voice and visual voices created colour, energy and vibrancy, enabling a deeper meaning and emotion to be conveyed within the work . Relationships within our daily lives were explored resulting in a narrative that took the audience on the journey of what its like growing up and suddenly finding yourself as an adult.
You can watch the short film of the R&D process HERE
You can also read a short Blog post about the creative process HERE
The Next Step
After the success of the R&D period and the feedback from the invited audience of a ‘work in progress’ The Shouting Mute is now looking to develop the show in to a touring production.
The aim to build partnerships with key venues to develop a small tour within the South West region and London for spring 2019 and submit an Arts Council Project Grant to develop the artistic content as well as to create a touring infrastructure which will allow the production to tour more widely beyond 2019 and ensure the work has the widest possible reach. Therefore we would love the opportunity to discuss ways of working
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The Shouting Mute
The Shouting Mute (Aka David Young) is a Performer, Poet and Director. In 2012 he performed in Breathe an unlimited commission for the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony produced by Diverse City, Cirque Bijou and Desperate Men. As part of Breathe he travelled to Brazil to make creative links. During this year he also performed his poetry as part of the Paralympic legacy with Seen But Seldom Heard.
In 2014 he co-wrote and performed Touched directed and produced by Diverse City. Touched premiered at The Unlimited Festival in London. he also joined Pavilion Dance South West as reviewer in residence where he performed poetic responses to the audience after the dance pieces every week. In the year he also ran a campaign with Fixers, where he produced a book and a film that was shown on ITV meridian news.
In 2015 he joined Graeae’s Ensemble 6-month training programme and in 2016 he was commissioned to write and perform a poem for State of the Nation at Doing Things Differently Festival, Bristol. He has also performed his poetry at festivals and conferences across the South west including: Theatre 2016, Battersea Arts Centre, Funky Llama, Communication Matters, Reading College and Bournemouth University.
Between 2014-17 he worked as a theatre director and workshop facilitator for The Complete Freedom of Truth, an international youth arts project with 12 partner organisations from 8 different countries.
As well as recently writing and developing Grow Up and Just Love Chocolate he was also creative assistant to the Directors of the Ramps on the Moon’s national touring production of Tommy.