Paul Stones - Performance Direction

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

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Stop All The Clocks

Stop All The Clocks BrightonIn the early 2000s a group of us set up the spoken word organisation Stop All The Clocks and applied for a small pot of funding from the Arts Council. We got ourselves a logo and for two years we used this money to run live literature events under its auspices, including two Brighton Festival Fringe Literature programmes and the mightily successful yet brutal Poet Idol. We also invented strip poetry with an event called ‘All Mouth, No Trousers’, where performers bought stage time by removing clothing. Eventually our lives took us in different directions, but the memories (and for those who witnessed All Mouth, No Trousers, the mental scars) endure.

Posted December 29th, 2013.

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boltDuring 2013 I’ve been playing with soundscapes. In January, my one-minute documentary Less a bolt of lightning, than the lightning of Bolt came Highly Commended in First Spark Radio‘s one-minute documentary competition. Subsequently I made a longer soundscape on The March for England, also available to hear at Podomatic.

In March 2013 I was commissioned by Octopus Collective to produce an hour-long soundscape about hitch-hiking, centring on my attempt to hitch-hike from Brighton to Barrow-in-Furness on my birthday. (I got as far as Banbury).

More soundscapes are undoubtedly on the way.

Posted October 17th, 2013.

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Bite! Slam

biteslamIn Spring 2013 I was a ‘poet coach’ for the Bite! Youth Poets vs MCs slam. Been I while since I tried to ‘get down with the kids’ and quite frankly, my knees weren’t up to it. So I stayed upright and coached a very fine young poet to the final, where he successfully battled a bellyful of aspiring hiphop MCs.

It’s over a decade since the original Poets vs MCs idea was dreamt up between myself and the MCs Heinz and Brainiac (of Brighton’s long-running Slip Jam B hiphop night). The annual battle/slam (now taken over by Hammer and Tongue) outgrew venue after venue and now brings in a few hundred rowdy fans at the Concorde 2. It’s great how they always expect the poets to lose … and always end up cheering on the ‘underdogs’ until they win. The Bite! Youth Slam was no exception. Poets may not have freestyling, but they have a variety of other tricks up their sleeves. Not least being objects of pity.

Posted October 17th, 2013.

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