Mouthy Poets

Are you a bit MOUTHY?

Wednesday 8th December 2010

Are you a bit MOUTHY?

Mouthy Poets, is a series of weekly workshops where anyone aged 15 – 25 can come to harness their words, poems, stories, lyrics and songs, which has been running at Nottingham Playhouse since October.

Here’s what Pippa Hennessy wrote on her online blog, after attending the very first session:

Yesterday evening I went to the first Mouthy Poets workshop run by the inimitable Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson. As the sessions are intended for young people aged between 15 and 25, I was really only there to help out, but somehow I accidentally ended up taking part and I’m very very very very glad I did!

I’ve seen the huge amount of work Deborah put into preparing for this workshop. Her delivery of the material was so natural and genuine; there wasn’t a feeling of ‘we need to get on with it now and keep to the plan’ because she’d prepared for all eventualities. She did talk through her workshop plan with me on Thursday, but to be honest I really don’t know if she stuck to it or not; I was too busy enjoying myself!

So why was it so amazing?

The mix of participants: Black and white, school, college and university students, artists, singers, rappers and writers; a real mix of very diverse social backgrounds. But somehow everyone learned from everyone else!

Watching inspiration fill the room: Everyone was there because they wanted to be, for various reasons. There was a real feeling of ‘we can do amazing things together’ and I have no doubt that they will.

Words: The sheer variety and richness of words that came out of the session was incredible. The second writing exercise (which we developed our performances from) was to write about what would make us feel happy and what success in life means to us. Even leaving aside the inventive performances, the actual words themselves left a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.
I guess, for me, it opened up new possibilities; which at my advanced age are something quite precious. I’m sure every single person in that room felt the same.

Get Involved…

If you’re a poet, lyricist, writer or storyteller aged between 15 and 25 living in Nottingham, and you’re not already involved in this project, WHY ON EARTH NOT? Workshops are held in the Ustinov Room every Friday from 5pm-8pm. Tickets are £2 and can be booked by calling our Box Office Team on 0115 941 9419.