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Blog Takeover: Moving on from School Poetry!

Monday, March 10th, 2014 by Tricycle
Rehearsals kicking into gear for the Takeover...

Rehearsals kicking into gear for the Takeover…

Today we have a guest blog from Young Producer Maia. Maia is part of the team helping to produce the first ever Tricycle Takeover Festival, which is kicking off here in a few weeks on 30 March. There’s loads of theatre, film and workshops going on, all created with the help of the Tricycle’s Young Company and Young Producers. Maia has been responsible for programming the Poetry Live event on 31 March – and she tells us in this post why studying poetry at school made her want to bring the words to life in a different way for the Takeover!

Hi, my name is Maia and I am 17 years old, currently studying English, History, French and Drama and Theatre Studies for my A-levels at a local 6th form college. After doing work experience at the Tricycle over the summer, I really wanted to get involved with the Takeover Festival as I see it as a way of young people being able to prove that we have a voice worth hearing and that our work belongs in the professional industry.

I am producing the Poetry Live event which will take place on the 31st March at 4pm in the Tricycle Cinema.

My event is an opportunity to to look at poetry and spoken word outside mainstream education and watch professionals including Simon Mole, Bridget Minamore and Ollie O’Neill perform works by poets such as Keats and Sylvia Plath, alongside works of their own.

In school and college, I have felt that poetry is not always done justice, as it is a performance art and shouldn’t be considered solely as a piece of text. Poetry and spoken word is unique as it is not bound by rules so there is so much creative scope. When it is studied, it is tied too much to academia, as opposed to being regarded as a creative medium.

If that’s inspired you to experience poetry in a different way, check out the Takeover web page here for more information, and head down to the Tricycle Cinema at 4pm on Monday 31st March for Poetry Live.

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