Initial Thoughts After Say Sum Thin 6

11 Mar

That was what I said at the interval of the phenomenal 6th incarnation of Mouthy’s show, Say Sum Thin. I’d seen the Mouthies practice in Friday sessions and watched recordings from previous shows but there is nothing like being in the room while two dozen people open up their heart and tell a story.

Say Sum Thin 6 set Mouthy apart for me in three ways – first, the absolutely undeniable hard work, craft and talent that went into every line of every poem. From hilarious to rueful to painful to sombre to ecstatic, the poets lead the audience across a mountain range of emotions in incredible testament to the capabilities of words, storytelling and their own writing skill. Second is how beautifully and professionally both shows were produced. Staging, lighting, graphic design, sound and technical management were spot on for both nights and took the performances to a really polished level, especially the expert lighting design of the Saturday night. Third is the atmosphere of community. The show wasn’t just a line up of individual acts: it was a collective work and that was evident from the perfectly choreographed transitions between the commission pieces to the clicking, cheering and unabashed support Mouthy gave to everyone who performed. One audience member praised to me afterwards how supportive the atmosphere was and how clear that every poet cared for each other.

Don’t just take my word for it, though, as here are some of the tweets collected throughout the two nights. Say Sum Thin 6 was a weekend of unforgettable performance from both the Mouthies and our wonderful headliners, Sabrina Mahfouz and Patience Agbabi: I am in awe of everone involved and can hardly wait until Say Sum Thin 7! ~Bez, Creative Admin Placement.



One Response to “Initial Thoughts After Say Sum Thin 6”

  1. mouthypoets March 13, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing this Bez. Great post!

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