Past Work

DEAF EYE

A fast paced 3 person show featuring a poet, dancer and British Sign Language rapper subverting the language and experiences that disable them and exploring the freedom they find for themselves.

Perfectly sized to fit into a double bill or to open or close an  evening of entertainment, Deaf Eye features high energy writing, movement and signing blended together. Starting with the written and signed word we collaborated to extend the meaning into movement and develop sign rhymes.

We have played in a club and an outdoors arts festival so we know the performance is versatile and catches people’s attention.

Featuring an original soundtrack by MC Geezer,  choreography by Candoco artist Jemima Hoadley combined with the Rowan James’ fiery delivery of the spoken word. The direction by Ed Rapley brings out the unique presence of each performer. The atmosphere of a live gig, the nuance of poetry and the power of dance combine to reveal how everyday language carries a personal cost.

REVIEW

TRAILER password: 2016

EASY FOR YOU TO SAY

With big beats and big words, all set to the rhythm of Rowan’s irregular heartbeat, poet, Rowan James and beatboxer, Marv Radio, shine a light on the affects of a society obsessed with normality. In a world of normcore fashion and statistical averages, what’s so important about ‘blending in’?

Easy For You To Say is a spoken-word theatre show about labels, self identity, and the lack of understanding around disability. Rowan’s challenging stories ask questions about how we judge individual worth; exploring choices of when to wear a label and when not to.
The show takes the audience on a journey from everyday encounters, through assumptions, statistical averages, compromises and quirks. The audience will leave questioning what ‘normal’ is and why anyone would even want to be that. Rowan draws on personal experience as a vehicle to invite the audience to explore their relationship to judgements, labels and perceptions of disability.

Easy for You to Say, was developed with support from the Arts Council England and Cambridge Junction it debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 as part of the IF Platform, supported by the British Council.

CROWDFUNDER CAMPAIGN VIDEO

EXEUNT MAGAZINE, JOY MARTIN ON EASY FOR YOU TO SAY:

‘The poet Rowan James gave a preview of his new show Easy for You to Say, which is spoken word refracted into different forms – poetry, storytelling and rap – in collaboration with beatboxer Marv Radio. It was an energetic and intelligent show about the question of ‘normality’ and perceptions of ability via James’ personal story of being diagnosed with a disability. Some of the word formulations were incredibly beautiful – proper silvery poetry, deep and bright, and I really enjoyed it.’

http://exeuntmagazine.com/features/watch-out/

SLATE THE DISCO ON EASY FOR YOU TO SAY:

http://slatethedisco.com/2015/05/live-review-easy-for-you-to-say-at-watch-out-festival/

Press Coverage

DISABILITY ARTS ONLINE, COLIN HAMBROOK ON DEAF EYE:

http://disabilityarts.online/magazine/opinion/liberty-2016/

GUARDIAN ARTICLE ABOUT INTEGRATED FRINGE:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/aug/13/edinburgh-festival-fringe-disability-if-platform-stopgap-venue-access-disabled-performers

DISABILITY ARTS ONLINE, COLIN HAMBROOK ON EASY FOR YOU TO SAY:

http://www.disabilityartsonline.org.uk/editorial-blog?item=2628