PDP Pilot Documentary – Film by 2Dice Productionz

Film- maker, Juliette Dalton from 2DiceProductionz, arrived on day 3 with a enthusiasm reflecting her passion for projects such as PDP. This energy  is so invaluable to other independent project makers like myself.  What was intended to be 3 minute promo was edited in to a 10 minute docu-film about the PDP pilot because her mission is providing platforms for young people’s voices. The poets did not disappoint her. It was to be a concentrated day of packed with writing, performance techniques and debate strategizing.

Watch the PDP poets, myself and Sam Berkson talk about the resonance of  training days. Great result. Thank you 2Dice!

~ Zena


Day 3 of PDP Poets training and their performances for Pop Up Ironbridge

Day 3
In the morning, the t-shirts arrive – Yes!PDP t-shirts phone pic


Day three was about editing the poems, honing  strategies  for team debating and devising performances. The poets worked really hard in such a short space of time to manifest methods for creativity to shine through debating structures. Listen to the poets poems generated in the training session while watching a slide show of  them and of the PDP event at Ironbridge.

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On the day, everyone delivered strong performances. Well done all!

Watch Russeni and Greer perform at The Forge for the first ever Poetic Debate Event.

The Poetic Debaters Training Days @ Free Word!

The Poetic Debaters Project for Pop Up Festival of Stories went live on the 15th April.

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(Top row formt he left) Angelina, Greer, Sam, Gabriel, Russeni, (kneeling) Zena, Orla, Ruth, Lana (Naga had to leave early)

Finally, the first proper training days began at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon, London. Sam and I had had four or five meetings to structure the sessions to include the right types of exercises and structures to make the training solid. Now that we were ready to deliver the pilot, it felt like we had been doing this forever.

Days 1 and 2
Lots of discussion
and playing of word games around the theme of freedom of speech with newspaper article, online searches and quotes to begin getting to grips with the deeper sub-themes. Through discussion the group decides that the motion will be “This house believes there should be a limit to Freedom of speech”.
How is this motion problematic? Continue reading