Rewriting the Future: Workshop with Francesca Beard

Friday, May 17, 2024

Spoken word poet Francesca Beard led a workshop informed by George Orwell’s chilling dystopian world in the literary classic, 1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four). 

This workshop is based on the book and film Nineteen Eighty-Four and the event discussion topic of dystopia, which implores us to consider: just how close are we to Orwell’s vision — or are we already there?   

Francesca encouraged participants to use creative powers to resist Big Brother. Resistance has many faces, and in times of creeping dystopia, creativity can be a firm stance against oppression. Participants learnt how to connect through spoken word poetry and make a nonsense of doublespeak by playing with language and improvisational story-telling techniques. 

Francesca Beard is an internationally acclaimed spoken word artist who makes interactive and transformational work for live audiences. She has over twenty years’ experience facilitating projects with a wide range of diverse communities, for organisations such as Apples and Snakes, Arvon, All Change Arts, B3 Media, the BBC, The Barbican, The British Council and The Young Vic. She has been artist in residence at Banff, Canada and The Mixed Reality Lab, Nottingham University, to develop story-telling platforms for live and on-line audiences with B3 Media and Kings Cultural Institute. 

Francesca has written commissions for institutions such as The Barbican, The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and The Royal Court. As a facilitator and dramaturge, she’s worked with institutions such as BBC Radio 3, The Young Vic, All Change and ICT Young Company to create ambitious, public facing, participatory community-led shows.  She’s been called ‘Brilliant’ (The Scotsman), ‘Spine-tingling’ (The Independent) and ‘The Queen of British performance poetry’ (London Metro) . She comes from London, by way of Malaysia. To find out more, please visit www.francescabeard.com 

 Friday 17th May, 11am – 1pm 

Toxteth Library, Windsor St, Liverpool L8 1XF 

 

Event Details

Date: May 17, 2024
Time: 11:00 am

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