Poetry performance opportunity, where Wordsworth wandered

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Write Out Loud started out by offering people who previously wrote poetry in secret a chance to share their work with others in small gatherings of like-minded folks, often called open mic events, even when there was no mic. Some groups grew so much that simply reading from your piece of paper in a quiet monotone was insufficient for everyone to hear and appreciate the words, so learning how to enunciate and project became helpful both to poet and audience.

Now, current poets are being offered a free daytime workshop, with chance to join a short, choral poetry performance that evening in the lovely, if lesser-known, Lakeland town of Broughton in Furness, near where Wordsworth wandered, and Norman Nicholson lived.

Participants can acquire or improve their skills of speaking out loud for an audience, in a three-hour session led by teacher, drama coach and producer, Julie Jackson. The skills will include enunciation, movement, breath and voice exercises suitable for poetry performance, public speaking and acting, all organised in the form of a rehearsal for that evening's performance of Genesis Echoes, a 15-minute choral work for up to four small groups, written and directed by Julie. It will be held in Broughton Vicarage as part of Osmosis, an art and photography exhibition.

The workshop aims to be fun, safe and collaborative, with plenty of comfort breaks and time for refreshments. (Participants are asked to bring their own refreshments. The venue has kitchen with running water and kettle).

Participants - who need no previous experience - will need to attend both the workshop and evening performance, at which they will join an ensemble that includes poets Julie Jackson (who will direct the performance), David Baker, Jo Wade and Neil Wade.

Featuring Jem Freiseleben and Irene Rogan, Osmosis, an art and photography exhibition, explores themes of spirituality, art and life's interconnectedness.

Spoken Word Workshop 10am - 1pm Friday 18 August. The Parsonage Room (pictured), Broughton-in-Furness LA20 6HS. To book/ more information: julie@flourishcumbria.co.uk. No charge, all welcome.

Exhibition: 6-8 pm, Friday 18 August. Performance: 6,30pm. Both at The Vicarage, Broughton in Furness LA20 6HS. Free entry. Refreshments will be served.  More information: gleamart1@gmail.com. Broughton Vicarage is close to the Parsonage Room.




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