Workshop: Autobiographical Spoken Word

Sonnet Youth and Company Many in association with Platform, Theatre Royal Dumfries and D&G Arts Live
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Led by award winning artists Cat Hepburn (spoken word artist, Sonnet Youth) and Lucy Wild (thick, skin, elastic heart Movement Director), this workshop will explore spoken word theatre as an alternative, viable medium of performance compared to more traditional forms.

The content will introduce performance poetry, and propose how it can be combined with movement to make a compelling, artistic presentation. Linking in with the performance of thick skin, elastic heart, we will investigate how we can use our own stories to create fun and engaging work. Through entertaining writing and moving tasks and games, Cat and Lucy aim to empower the participants to explore meaningful work that relates to them.

No experience necessary but a love for writing and movement is a plus. Participants will need to bring something to write with, and please be aware you might be asked to remove your shoes and socks.

This workshop is free when you book to see thick skin, elastic heart. To book your place please contact our Box Office team on or 0131 228 1404.

Supported by Creative Scotland

Image: James Taylor-Wilson

About Cat Hepburn

Cat Hepburn is an award-winning scriptwriter, spoken word artist and poetry promoter based in Glasgow. She has performed her work all over, and has featured on STV, BBC6 Music, Loop, River City, BBC The Social, Neu! Reekie!, Electric Fields, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and this year she narrated a documentary about Robert Burns (STV), and wrote and presented the documentary The New Poets (BBC Scotland). She has written poetry commissions for BBC Scotland, Bloody Big Brunch, Nordoff Robbins, Zero Waste Scotland and Ayr Tourism Board.

Her debut solo show #GIRLHOOD (based on her hit book published by Speculative Books) deconstructs and satirises the conventions and pressures on women in modern society, and was very well received at this year’s Fringe, with her work being dubbed “incredibly valuable” by The and “evidently a flawless writer” by The Feminist Fringe. Cat is also one half of Sonnet Youth, a leading spoken word theatre and arts events organisation.

About Lucy Wild

Lucy is a Movement Director, Choreographer, Director and Drama/Dance Artist. She has worked with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The Lyceum, Frantic Assembly, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Rambert, Scottish Ballet, Solar Bear, Òran Mór's A Play A Pie and A Pint, Indepen-dance, The Arches, Dance Base, Traverse Theatre, Soho Theatre, Macrobert Arts Centre and King's/Theatre Royal Glasgow among others. She also runs Overdrive Dance Company an all male contemporary youth dance company and is co-founder of Company Many.

As a Choreographer she has been awarded a Peter Darrell Trust Award, and her productions have won a Fringe First, the Three Weeks Editors Award and the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award. She was also one of 15 Dance Artists chosen from around the country to be part of New Adventures/Re:Bourne’s Overture 2018/2019 cohort.

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