Dave, The Shouting Mute, is split between London and Dorset but works across the UK. His portfolio, below, includes live performance, poetry commissions, workshops for young people and professional training…


Rehearsing for Grow Up

* Directing a creative team with performers through our production week and rehearsals of ‘Grow Up and Just Love Chocolate’ in February, based at Lighthouse, Poole. Followed by commissioned performances of ‘Grow Up and Just Love Chocolate’ to be part of a triple bill at the Salisbury Playhouse on 15th February, for Fest West 2019 – the performance will be open to other venues for booking, including Lab programming at TR2 (Theatre Royal Plymouth) to be confirmed later in the year

* Booked to give a poetry performance at Funky Llama Festival 2019, in Plymouth, in June

Performing with Extraordinary Bodies

* Studying a National Youth Theatre Masterclass: Writing and Directing, at the National Youth Theatre in London, in February

* Performing ‘In C’ with Extraordinary Bodies and the Para-Orchestra at The Birmingham Town Hall in February

* Librettist for Planted Symphony, a collaboration between Drake Music and Arts and Gardens, between April and July 2019, with an opening performance at Waltham Forest, London and touring across Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Staffordshire, Sussex and Cambridgeshire

The Board of Trustees for Diverse City

* Attending the ‘Onboard’ training course throughout the year for young board members with Rising Arts Agency, in Bristol

* Continuing work as a board member for Diverse City throughout the year, attending board meetings 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


* Wrote, researched, and developed The Shouting Mute’s first solo project – Grow-Up and Just Love Chocolate – followed by commissioned performances *

* 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