Consulting Slam Producer: Spiel Unlimited
Spiel Unlimited is an organization that came into being in 1997 after two writers, Sara-Jane Arbury and Marcus Moore, spotted each other firing on all syllables at a poetry slam in Bristol. Over the years, Spiel Unlimited has been directly involved in the development and presentation of slams in Britain. They regularly organize adult and youth slams at festivals, arts centres and theatres, as well as annual educational programmes such as ‘A Question Of Words’ performance poetry and prose competition for schools in Oxfordshire in association with Oxford University Press and the ever-popular Swindon Youth Slam which sees students from eleven local schools taking part. They also stage slams from the largest venue to the smallest space including Europe’s longest-running performance poetry contest, the UK Allstars Poetry Slam at Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Consulting Slam Producer: The Poetry Slam
The Poetry Slam began life as The Bristol Poetry Slam. The first event took place in December 1994 at Bristol’s Arnolfini Arts Centre, under the aegis of Second Tuesday, a monthly poetry event. In addition to regular monthly events, The Poetry Slam has organised Open Slams, InterCity Slams, poetry promotions and in 1997 they organised and hosted The UK Poetry Slam Championships. They have taken the slam format into schools since 1995, visiting over 600 schools as well as colleges, youth groups, prisons and more. The Poetry Slam continues to educate and excite, hosting occasional adult slams and regular school workshops and corporate team building events.
Venue Partner: Barbican Theatre Plymouth
The Barbican Theatre is a creative arts organisation situated in the historic Barbican area of Plymouth. They produce new theatre and contemporary dance with young people as leaders, encouraging audiences and participants to visit and take part in their promoted programme, events and celebrations in the venue. The Barbican likes to work in new and unusual environments, encouraging people who would not normally attend theatre events to meet and enjoy it. Their mission is: To offer as many people as possible, but especially the young, access to, participation in, and enjoyment of high quality artistic activity, without prejudice.