South West
"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...
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...
‘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...
Exciting Slam Times in the South West!

Exciting Slam Times in the South West!

What do you get if you mix talented young poets, breakdancing, beat boxing, rhythm and rhyme, and lines of words? An excited room full of anticipation for the South West Regional Final, that’s what! The South West brought passion mixed with nerves and highly potent new words never performed before, by some children who had...
South West Regional Final SLAM

South West Regional Final SLAM

Wow, what a day! The South West Regional Final, held on Friday the 15th in the Barbican theatre was truly a fantastic and unique experience. The day was kicked off by a small icebreaker, with all participants, staff, shadows and coaches on stage saying hello to everyone, shaking hands, and staring each other in the...
News from The West Country!

News from The West Country!

Hello! Katy again from the South West! So by now everyone pretty much has the final 8 Poet Stars to perform their vocal magic down here at the fantasticaly, funky Barbican Theatre on June 15th! My Youth Group, Voices for Change,  with Poet Coach Sally Jenkinson and myself Katy Else as seen in this lovely photo have been busy writing, performing...
The South West Shaker!

The South West Shaker!

Hello, ahoy there, I am Katy Else the South West Digital Champ!   I am based in the very sunny Plymouth in Devon. I have a strong relationship with the South West because I lived in London on the weekdays and Somerset on the weekends therefore I am a mixture of cockney South East London...
In the Spotlight: Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

In the Spotlight: Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

In the Spotlight features the people, venues and organisations that are making Shake the Dust happen. Karen Lodge is Operations Manager at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, the venue partner leading the project in the South West.   What do you love about the Barbican Theatre? I love that although we are a small team we are very close...