shout or whisper

Hertfordshire-based open-words evening


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About Us:

Shout or Whisper is an open-words event, a celebration of all literary forms, from poetry and spoken word to rap, singing, monologues, comedy, anything that involves getting on stage and holding the audience for a few minutes. We run workshops to share and improve ideas, showcases to get those ideas on stage, and our main 'open words' event to collect and celebrate the best talent that Hitchin and the surrounding areas have to offer. 

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Manifesto and Conduct

Our goal is to give a platform to all voices. To those who feel that they are not being heard, to those who feel like they have no opportunity to experiment with different forms, to those who have never done anything like this before, we want to hear from you. 


Similarly, if you’ve done this a thousand times before, if you’re a published artist, if you feel that you can bring something to help others prosper, we want to hear from you. 


Finally, if you’re someone who enjoys the experience of being with talented creative people, someone who enjoys hearing local talent trying their arm, an avid reader and consumer of literary art, we want to hear from you. 

We are looking for anyone with an interest and any sort of talent in the following forms: 

  • Poetry

  • Spoken Word

  • Rap 

  • Stand-Up Comedy

  • Monologues 

  • Dramatised Readings 

  • Short Stories

  • Plays and Prose (excerpts) 

  • Singer/Songwriter 

  • Acoustic and Ambient Music


Our ethos is to create a community based project to give voice to unheard artists. Our main aims are to create an environment which is;​

  • Inclusive

  • Encouraging in nature

  • Formative – a developmental process

  • A space for nurturing confidence

  • A space in which feedback is encouraged

  • A safe space (not tolerating racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism or targeted attacks at ethnic and minority groups)

Our events will consist of 10 performances. 5 slots are available before the event  (email if you want to sign up – and 5 will be available on the night itself. We aim to have a range of modes, so we ask that you tell us the form you are working in when you sign up, so that we can plan the line-up accordingly. Each artist will have approximately 5 minutes to perform in. If you have any questions about whether your piece is suitable or not, please contact us at the email address below. 



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