There is no sitting on a stool for this poet; she is on her feet, punctuating poignant points with puppets, props and her own personal panache. She’s out to bridge the gap between nursery rhymes and slam poetry. She even delivers one poor nursery rhyme in a slam poetry style.
The imagery of each poem is enhanced by lavish and occasionally outrageous costumes all designed to captivate and engage today’s screen obsessed generation. Regardless of whether the poem is modern or hundreds of years old, a funny limerick or reflective and a little bit sad it is accompanied by an illusion, acted out, performed to music or to the making of paper animals. There is always something visual happening to engross the audience.
While, Before You Know It, You’ll be a Poet is not a workshop it has loads of audience participation encouraging students to join in and demonstrates that playing with language is heaps of fun. The show ends with a challenge to the audience to pick their favourite poetry styles demonstrated and explained during the performance and write their own poem in that style.
The performer was outstanding. The audience, was extremely interactive and used her talent to really bring poetry alive. Our Grade 3-5 students were all involved with poetry this year and this performance consolidated and built upon lots of work done last year. You could see students making connections. A well worthwhile, thoroughly entertaining, engaging and educational experience.
Lisa Neubecker. Year 5 - 6. St Helens District High School / Primary. TAS. Mar 2019.
Wow! What a fantastic way to engage and inform! Kids were smiling the entire time and really learnt some valuable lessons. The performer was brilliantly engaging and entertaining.
Courtney Peate. K - Year 6. Stokers Siding Public School. NSW. Mar 2019.
Price: $5.50 per student (GST included).
Suitable: Preps, K to Year 7.
Minimum Audience Size: 130 students.
Times: Show: 50 minutes. Set up: 40 minutes. Pack up: 30 minutes.
Requires: an indoor performing area 6m deep x 5m wide.