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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”...
I just saw a guitar floating down the Thames

I just saw a guitar floating down the Thames

After West Midlands Poet Coach Brenda Read-Brown saw a guitar floating down the Thames during the Shake the Dust Weekend, she was challenged to write a piece about it. Here’s the brilliant poem she came up with! I just saw a guitar floating down the Thames You played that song for her, And now you’ll...
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...
Shake the Dust this is not the end, but a new beginning

Shake the Dust this is not the end, but a new beginning

For few months I have had the pleasure of working on a project called Shake The Dust which is a poetry slam initiative. I was working with the Manchester Old Trafford Young Identity Branch led by Poet and MC Frisko (Ali Gadema) http://www.shakethedust.co.uk/shaker/teams/north-west/ He’s probably one of the most passionate men I have met in...
10 impressions from the Shake the Dust Weekend

10 impressions from the Shake the Dust Weekend

I have overdosed on poetry … My head is crammed with words but I don’t know how to get them out. The Shake the Dust weekend at the Southbank Centre in London was an explosion of emotions and an overload of impressions. I’ll share ten of my finest moment, in no order of importance:  ...
Day 2 of the National Shake the Dust Weekend

Day 2 of the National Shake the Dust Weekend

After yesterday’s marvellous on point digital coverage from Dan Simpson at Shake the Dust, I was excited and apprehensive to see the project as it nears it’s conclusion in terms of the National Shake the Dust Weekend at the Southbank Centre. Today is the second day of the three-day extravaganza and it has kicked off...
The Final Shake Up!

The Final Shake Up!

Here’s a word from Laurie Bolger, our Digital, Marketing & Communications Intern…Lovely stuff. “Shake the Dust is the biggest National Youth Slam ever attempted! So far we have had workshops, we have had some unbelievable performances all over the country at the Regional Finals and now it’s time to take all that energy and talent to another level...
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...