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Southbank Young Producers Shake the Dust!

Southbank Young Producers Shake the Dust!

Southbank Centre Young Producers have been working together throughout the summer to create a series of events around the Southbank’s summer festivals, including Shake the Dust! They put together Friday Phonic and the aftershow party. This film captures one of the events curated by the team! Film made by Myles McAuliffe and Gustav Newby of...
Drama Opportunity for 13-21 year olds

Drama Opportunity for 13-21 year olds

Rebecca Abbott, one of Shake the Dust’s Young Producers, has a London based opportunity for Shake the Dust participants, and anyone aged 13-21 interested in drama: Following a successful run of our play, “The Passersby”, in summer 2010, SPID, an award-winning film and theatre company based in Ladbroke Grove, is looking to tour “The Passersby”...
Shaking the Dust at the Slam Final

Shaking the Dust at the Slam Final

Here’s Dr Helen Gregory – performance poet, lecturer and researcher – with her take on the atmosphere of the Shake the Dust Slam Final. On my way to London I worried that I wouldn’t have anything to write about, wouldn’t notice anything new. After all, I was only making a flying visit to the slam...
Patrick Bethell - Ambition

Patrick Bethell – Ambition

Film Producer and Photographer Patrick Bethell tells Shake the Dust how words and lyrics changed him in the inspiring 360° blogpost… “As a kid ambition can be anything, everybody would try and strive to be the professional footballer or a famous dancer. In fact I remember saying to my Mum at the age of 8 that I...
"Typical teenagers into word weavers, into sonnet speakers, into poets..."

“Typical teenagers into word weavers, into sonnet speakers, into poets…”

The dust has officially been shaken; so much so, that it now covers the Barbican Theatre in a grey coating. A gaggle of young adults from five different schools within the Plymouth area, have gone from being typical teenagers into word weavers, into sonnet speakers, into poets. The Shake the Dust regional final occurred this...
A word from Andy - "Music, lyrics and poetry transform an artist on stage..."

A word from Andy – “Music, lyrics and poetry transform an artist on stage…”

Andy Cooke, a musician from the Punk/Rock band, Fighting Fiction, tells us @Shake the Dust how performing your words on stage can turn anyone into the most powerful and confident person in the world… “In regards to poetry and lyrics I think it’s amazing how they can make you feel something, whether it’s a nice feeling...
'ave a Word Dan!

‘ave a Word Dan!

Our Marketing and Digital Officer @ Apples and Snakes, Mr. Dan Simpson tells us about his experience of working on National Youth Project, Shake the Dust… “Hi there! Apples and Snakes Dan Simpson here! For the past six months, I’ve been working on telling everyone who will listen about Shake the Dust, and recently I’ve been...
Tell us about it Paul Lyalls...

Tell us about it Paul Lyalls…

“They came from different year groups, different schools, different postcodes, different backgrounds and even different cultures, but at the end of our Shake the Dust sessions the only difference was that they wanted their poems and performance to be different to everyone elses. Like the Judges told them, the only group to start their pieces...
South West: "Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it!"

South West: “Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it!”

Sally Jenkinson South West Poet Coach tells us about the exceptional spoken word that happened at her regional final…this is wow! Well, the Shake the Dust South West regional final was an emotional roller-coaster to say the least. A full day of workshops and activities, before evening’s event, meant all the school and groups participating had...
Speech Debelle to Headline the National Shake the Dust Slam Final!

Speech Debelle to Headline the National Shake the Dust Slam Final!

Stop the presses! We’re ludicrously excited to announce that we’ve confirmed a fantastic headliner for the National Shake the Dust Slam Final. A Mercury Prize winning, spoken word hip-hop sensation no less: Speech Debelle! Speech and her band will be rounding off the event – but not before the nine highest scoring teams from each...
‘Poetry is Sexy and I Know it!’

‘Poetry is Sexy and I Know it!’

The excitement when the South West Regional Final kicked off at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth was amazing! Everyone’s energy was soaring upon arrival and the atmosphere was buzzing whilst the young poets made new friends, break danced and ripped the sleeves off their Shake The Dust t shirts to ‘try and look more eighties.’ The...
"Before Money" a poem from Consulting Slam Producer: Deborah Stevenson

“Before Money” a poem from Consulting Slam Producer: Deborah Stevenson

A word from Deborah Stevenson one of Shake the Dust’s fantastic Consulting Slam Producer’s. “One of the most unexpected exciting elements of being the Shake the Dust Consulting Slam Producer and Artist Liason is the amount of inspiration it has given me. Every time I visit a workshop I become a participant and I get...