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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”...
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...
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...
Stirred, Shaken and Swept Away at South East Regional Finals

Stirred, Shaken and Swept Away at South East Regional Finals

You could hear the dust shake at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton where the South East regional final took place last night. MC Kenny Baraka had the crowd with him, saying: Shake the … And the crowd responded by making a noise that actually sounded like dust being stirred up, shaken, swept away.   I...
South East Gets Down to Shake the Dust!

South East Gets Down to Shake the Dust!

So it was up to the South East to host their Regional Final at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton. Many people came out in droves to support the young people as they got up on stage and spoke their own written words for all to see. They had worked so hard over many months to...
Yorkshire & Humberside welcome Shake the Dust!

Yorkshire & Humberside welcome Shake the Dust!

Yes, they welcomed it with open arms! So after much waiting, it was finally Yorkshire & Humberside’s turn to host their Regional Final at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Many people came out to see the result of many months of hard work between the schools, young people organisations, Apples and Snakes, the consultant...