Monday, February 18, 2008

Performance Poetry Workshop with Mags Treanor at Galway Arts Centre

Both teenagers and adults are invited to polish up on their performance skills in the lead up to this year’s Cúirt Festival of Literature’s Grand Slam and Youth Speak. Mags Treanor will cover all aspects of performance poetry, such as intonation and expression, breathing exercises, dealing with nerves and connecting with your audience as well as writing and feedback sessions.

The workshops commence on Wednesday 27th February and run weekly until Wednesday March 26th – teenagers’ workshop from 5.30-7pm and adult class from 7.15-8.45pm. Early booking is advised.

For more info or to book a place contact Victoria at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091-565886 or email

Course Outline

90 minutes per workshop

Workshop One
Welcome & Introductions
What is performance poetry?
Slam Competitions – How they work
Writing Exercise one

Workshop Two
Writing exercise two
Concrete vs. Abstract language
Individual pieces and feedback

Workshop Three
Working on performance
Intonation and expression
Breathing Exercises

Workshop Four
Dealing with Nerves
Connecting with the audience
Involving the audience

Workshop Five
Performance as an Art Form
Body language and mood
Start and Finish with Flair

Workshop Six
Group Slam
Open Points
Putting it all together