Dave, The Shouting Mute, is based in Dorset but works across the UK. His portfolio, below, includes live performance, poetry commissions, installations, theatre shows, writing workshops, and professional performing arts training…

Current Projects

  • Currently working on the research & development phase of a project exploring the climate emergency for an immersive audience experience with a soundscape, installation and performances for an outdoor festival in the summer of 2021
  • Currently working on a musical project with Drake Music, as the librettist in collaboration with other creative artists focused on climate change, with the intention to eventually tour the project across the UK


  • Performed a poetry set for the online event live-streamed through social media for ‘Signal Fires’ in collaboration with Diverse City and Extraordinary Bodies, hosted by Jamie Beddard
  • Led a day of workshops for the Applied Theatre programme for Arts University Bournemouth as an Associate Artist for Diverse City
  • Participated in ‘A Different Way’ symposium led by Daryl Beeton, and led a breakout creative writing workshop for participants to explore the future of the arts and the role technology might play
  • Mentored other young creatives as part of the Arts Development Company’s 81676193_457327815210909_8599173771028332544_n‘Steering Group’ at the Lighthouse, Poole in the South West
  • Contributed to the Doing Things Differently project, a culmination of creatives generating new ideas for Diverse City, at the Bristol
  • Wrote and presented an alumni speech at the graduation event for Graeae Theatre Company’s ‘Ensemble’ with theatre and performing arts industry professionals in attendance
  • Contributed to the Young People’s Revolution online event, a meeting to discuss the future of performing arts for professionals with disabilities, and continues through Slack
  • Wrote and performed a set of poetry to open the online launch event for the Horizons: National Rural Touring Forum conference
  • Interviewed by, and shared a written review for a show at, Pavilion Dance South West to celebrate their 10 year anniversary

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  • Spoke at the panel for Future Producers alongside other theatre industry artists and producers at the Roundhouse, London
  • Wrote and presented a speech for the online event ‘What’s Next Dorset?’
  • Began leading The Shouting Mute Writing Workshops online for new writers and creatives, providing writing tips, prompts and answering questions on Zoom
  • Continues his work as a board member and trustee for Diverse City, attending board meetings, away day training, and discussions with the other trustees for the benefit of the charity and the impact it has


Rehearsing for Grow Up
  •  ‘Grow Up and Just Love Chocolate’ debuted at Salisbury Playhouse as part of Fest West 2019 in February, followed by another performance at Lighthouse Poole in April. The Shouting Mute directed the production week and rehearsals, hosted audience feedback sessions after the two performances, and will be pitching the show at Unlimited Connects in October.
  •  Librettist for Planted Symphony, a collaboration between Drake Music and Arts and Gardens, with an upcoming performance at Waltham Forest, London before touring across Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Staffordshire, Sussex and Cambridgeshire
  • Continued to work on behalf of Diverse City to provide training around inclusivity within the arts, effectively teaching teachers how to work with young people with disabilities, leading their ‘Inclusive Rehearsal Rooms’ training days, including a day of training sessions for students at Arts University Bournemouth, and Poole High School
  • Acting as a mentor to other inclusive young artists as part of The Arts Development Company ‘Steering Group’ and leading workshops booked through Diverse City
Performing with Extraordinary Bodies
  • Performed spoken word poetry at Funky Llama Festival 2019, in Plymouth, in June – booked by TR2 (Theatre Royal Plymouth)
  • Studied a National Youth Theatre Masterclass: Writing and Directing, under the tutelage of Benjamin Salmon at the National Youth Theatre in London, in February
  • Performed ‘In C’ with Extraordinary Bodies and the Para-Orchestra at The Birmingham Town Hall in February
The Board of Trustees for Diverse City
  • Sponsored by Diverse City to attend the ‘Onboard’ training course for young board members with Rising Arts Agency, in Bristol, at regular intervals for the first half of the year
  • Continued his work as a board member and trustee for Diverse City, attending board meetings, away day training, and discussions with the other trustees


Leading creative writing workshops for children and adult AAC users at 1Voice
  • Winner of the Alan Martin Award for Contribution to Creative Arts, following nominations after the 1Voice Annual Conference and Residential Weekend *
  • Led creative writing workshops, performed poetry, and gave a speech to parents at 1Voice Annual Conference and residential weekend at Treloar School and College
Performing at Inside Out Dorset Festival 2018
  • Produced, devised, and created a commissioned poetry/sound/art installation @ Inside Out Dorset Festival 2018 on location at Shelley Park, Bournemouth – there’s also a video of interviews and summary on the Prose In The Park tab
  • Studied a ten-week creative writing course at Arts University Bournemouth
Teaching teachers on our UK tour of ‘Inclusive Rehearsal Rooms’
  • Led training workshops of ‘Inclusive Rehearsal Rooms’ – teaching teachers how to teach inclusively – alongside Ramps On The Moon and EBYA for Diverse City, in Birmingham, Ispwich and Leeds
  • Led creative writing workshops for students at Victoria Education Centre, Poole for their annual Creative Arts Week programme of events
  • Continued work as a board member for Diverse City throughout the year, attending board meetings and discussions with the other trustees


  • The Shouting Mute’s first solo project – ‘Grow-Up and Just Love Chocolate’ was funded by the Arts Council England through a Research and Development phase in November, including an audience feedback session to prompt even further development
  • Creative Assistant to the Director (Kerry Michael) on ‘Who’s Tommy’ with Ramps on the Moon – UK tour @ New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; Nottingham Playhouse; West Yorkshire Playhouse; Theatre Royal Stratford East; and Sheffield Theatres


  • Performed ‘In C’ with Extraordinary Bodies and the Para-Orchestra
  • Studied a paid training course within the Ensemble Programme for emerging artists @ Graeae Theatre Company


  • Associate Director of ‘The Complete Freedom of Truth’ with TCFT, an international arts project with 13 participating partners from 9 countries
  • Worked a six month paid internship with Diverse City
  • Worked as writer in Residence @ Pavilion Dance South West


  • Co-wrote and performed in ‘Touched’ for Inside Out Dorset Festival @ Lighthouse, Poole and Unlimited Festival, Southbank
  • Worked as writer in Residence @ Pavilion Dance South West

2013 – Ongoing

  • Regularly perform spoken word poetry at various events, arts festivals and venues: Freeway Poets, Funky Llama, TR2 (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Doing Things Differently, State of the Nation, Battersea Arts Centre, Bournemouth University

2012 – Ongoing

  • Part of the ongoing ‘Seen but Seldom Heard’ project associated with Bournemouth University, including touring: 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony, Literacy Festival Bridport, The Electric Palace Bridport, The Lighthouse Poole


  • Performed as part of ‘Breathe, Battle of the Winds’ an unlimited commission for London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, which included travelling to Brazil to collaborate with international partners as part of the legacy