So, last Saturday, May 6th, 2017, we hosted a workshop to discuss and develop ideas seeking to enrich members’ writing specifically with a view to using said words in a public, performance role. Perhaps, also, to write prose that others can use in such situations.
Literature Wales, the national agency sponsoring such activities, provided a list of potential coordinators and I found Martin Daws, Performance Poet, to run the day of workshops and live performance session at the Station Hotel.
A morning session, in Colwyn Bay Library, Martin used as a theory session, during which we worked on spontaneous prose generation – through a game of literary Consequences – and editing – by splicing together hastily written works in pairs, each independently written about the same topic.
And we talked a lot!
After a speedy lunch break, part two, at the NWAMI building on Greenfield Road, we spent a couple of hours dealing with practical issues, like utilising a PA system to broadcast ones voice effectively. Being placed “on the spot” sure allows one to demonstrate ones inadequacies in this department. Still, this was exactly why we wanted to run this day, so the end result was great.
This was demonstrated later, down the pub! At the Station’s upstairs venue Martin gave us a half hour rendition of his new “set”, designed for an upcoming event. It was a powerful piece, utilising words as poems and the spoken word together with vocally experimental, tone utterance and near hypnotic repetition of such.
He sure could use his mike, as well!
For the rest of the evening many members of the group read out and performed a wide variety of their own prose. Much of it, indeed, by now wide awake and highly entertaining. A very enjoyable evening after an excellent day and, I’m sure, the first of many.
So far, my name for the series is:
“The Write Way”.
Well, it seems good to me……….