Spoken word Masterclasses with Rally & Broad in 2016!

Hello all!


And so…we are DELIGHTED to announce that we will be running three sets of weekend masterclasses in the spring of 2016 with three incredible spoken word performers: Francesca Beard, Ross Sutherland and Caroline Bird! The first two masterclasses will take place at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, and the final one with Caroline Bird as a residential weekend up in Moniack Mhor in Invernesshire.

These masterclasses grew out of our pilot series last spring. They are suitable for more experienced performers  of spoken word, over 18 years old, who have already undertaken at least one feature set and are looking to develop their practice. In addition, participants from the first two Masterclasses will be invited to showcase their work at a special event at the Scottish Poetry Library on Thursday 14th April 2016.

Booking for Francesca’s masterclass in February is open NOW! For full details on the content of the workshops including how to apply for a place, please read on… 🙂



  • Friday 5th (evening), Sat 6th & Sun 7th February 2016 (1030 – 4pm): Francesca Beard. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. £90, 12 places.

Booking for this course is NOW OPEN! We anticipate that there will be a lot of interest, so places on this course will be allocated according to application. Email rallyandbroad@gmail.com with a short writing/performing CV, and a paragraph about why you would like to attend this course. The closing dates for applications is midnight on Sunday 13th December 2015. Successful participants will be notified on Thursday 17th December. If successful, the fee must be paid in full by Friday 1st January.

This weekend workshop with Francesca Beard offers an opportunity to explore and strengthen your relationship as a spoken word performer – with your material and with your audience. We will look at ways to structure stage-time and/or text in order to take audiences on a journey, with a satisfying and emotionally resonant arc.

The workshop is for participants looking to build spoken word sets as well as those who are making or thinking about making a solo show.  The sessions aim to be practical and dynamic and will include creative writing  exercises, improvisation and theatre techniques and skill-sharing and peer-learning.

Participants should be willing to work collaboratively and experimentally.

Please wear clothes you feel comfortable to move in and/or contact Rally and Broad with any mobility issues.

It would be helpful to come with some existing material in mind and participants are welcome to bring copies of their work but this is not a requisite and the course is not designed as a scratch for work in progress.



Ross Sutherland – Friday 1st April (evening), Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd April 2016 (1030 – 4pm). Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. £90, 12 places.

  • Booking for this course will open on Mon 8th February 2016.


Poet Ross Sutherland will be leading a weekend course on poetry in performance.
When a poem leaves the page, it undergoes a process of translation. We will spend the weekend examining that process, translating our work from text to voice, then body, then beyond. Participants will also get to explore new avenues of performance: would this poem perform better as an audio recording, or as a short film, or as an art installation? Could it become theatre? What kind of theatre could it become? This is an opportunity to explore the many tools of performance and use them to develop and build on existing writing.


Caroline Bird – Friday 6th May (3pm) – Sunday 8th May 2016. Moniack Mhor Residential Writers Centre, Invernesshire. £195, 14 places. Fee includes accommodation and meals.


  • Booking for this course will open on Mon 8th February 2016.

Performance poetry, spoken word, live literature…what makes the words sing? Award winning poet, performer and playwright Caroline Bird will lead a weekend exploring the mechanisms and language of writing for performance.
See ye there?!


R&B xx

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