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“Spoken” by Emma McGordon

Local artist develops new Spoken Word play set in Whitehaven.


“Spoken” by Emma McGordon is a Spoken Word play set in Whitehaven, West Cumbria. Part dialogue, part poetry, it asks questions about identity and purpose while acknowledging the unique landscape of West Cumbria.

Emma and her team created three audio extracts from the play with support from Arts Council England and Rosehill for this project section. She wanted to record authentic Whitehaven accents as part of the research and development.

Following workshops with a group of Whitehaven women, Kerry Coombe and Lydia Johnson were chosen to record the voices of Michelle and Louise. She also worked with professional actor Liz Richardson, originally from Beckermet.

Originally written as a stage play, it has been adapted as an audio piece and recorded at Rosehill by sound and composition artist James Allen who has connections with the Keswick area.

This is a taster project, so Emma can get feedback and progress to the next stage. She welcomes all comments and suggestions and is interested in talking to anyone who wants to be involved.

Use the links to take you to an audio platform where you can comment.

***Please note that some of the content contains adult themes and occasional bad language. It is recommended that the material is suitable for those aged 14+

Picture This

Well, It Turns Out

The Moon Moves

Alternatively, please email Emma at emmamcgordon@gmail.com

Further info on Emma www.emmamcgordon.co.uk

YouTube /channel/UC-XTmvhPssG8CQmvN0kopdw

Insta @emmamcgordon

CAST Creatives

Writer: Emma McGordon

Louise: Lydia Johnson

Bet: Liz Richardson

Michelle: Kerry Coombe

Sound: James Allen


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