Paul Stones - Performance Direction

Paul Stones helps poets act, writers perform, and the terrified speak.


Paul Stones

Paul Stones is a performer, facilitator, stage director and radio journalist with over 20 years’ experience drawn from acting in adult/children’s theatre and puppet theatre and performing live literature.  He specialises in theatre direction and spoken word training; production and presentation of live literature events; radio presentation and production.

An early career in puppetry and children’s theatre led to a spear-carrying role in Kenneth Branagh’s Coriolanus at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Various other roles followed in the Midlands where Paul became increasingly interested in the production of live cabaret events. He started organising spoken word nights first in Leamington Spa, and then in Brighton, at which he also performed.  He became one of the most prominent performance poets of the late 1990s, performing at gigs and slams across the UK, earning the title of Brighton slam champion, and reaching the finals of the National Slam, the Glastonbury Festival Slam and a televised Digital Slam. Alongside successful regular open mic nights such as Literally Live (at Borders’ Bookshop) and Howling At The Moon, Paul co-ordinated the literature programme of the Brighton Festival Fringe for several years. He got involved in educational work, running workshops in schools and youth clubs.  A founder member of spoken word group Stop All The Clocks, he went on to run Brighton’s Marlborough Theatre, where he offered directorial and technical support to visiting companies and performers, and started directing spoken-word shows.

In 2005 he left The Marlborough Theatre in order to become a full-time parent.  Since then he has worked freelance in many capacities, including as a storyteller for the National Trust, as a compere for live literature events, and as a youth slam workshop leader.  He has hosted a weekly talk-based show on Radio Reverb for the last eight years. He offers private sessions to writers, performers and aspiring public speakers seeking improved techniques, confidence-building, and directorial advice.  Spoken word shows he has directed or assisted with include Man Up, Johnny Fluffypunk, Justin Coe’s The Jumblebook and Dictionary of Dads, Yvo Luna’s History of Madness, and Bernadette Cremin’s Altered Egos.