Curtis Watt is a Liverpool born and based performance poet. Curtis has toured and performed in many parts of Merseyside as well as national and international work over the last 13 years under the stage name C-ZERO.
Since 1999, Curtis has led creative writing and performance skills workshops in schools and community centres centred mainly around the Merseyside area, including Liverpool Maritime Museum, Southport Arts Centre and the Greenhouse Project.
Curtis has also delivered rap sets and poetry performances at many city centre venues.
International tours include South Africa, Germany, USA and Czechoslovakia.
Film and television credits for writing and performing song/rap in
Who put the beat in Merseybeat and STUSSH 2, (Granada TV),
Hearts & Minds (C4) and as an actor playing KC in Supply & Demand
(MerseyTV), Simon in The League of Gentleman (BBC) and Jonny Boateng
in Liverpool 1 (ITV).
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Workshops and performance
pupils in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.
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"We had a smashing day and would certainly use Curtis again."
Clare Mount School
"The workshop provided by Curtis was outstanding. His dynamic approach was most successful in engaging and challenging students’ approaches to poetry. Gifted & Talented lead co-ordinator for North East Liverpool.
I have developed my creative writing methods since 1994 and through my vast experience
with different groups and organisations, have gained the confidence to believe that anybody can not only create poetry but love it (with my help).
THE FOCAL POINT OF POETRY IS TO USE THE RAW MATERIALS OF YOUR OWN LANGUAGE.
In a fun and entertaining fashion, I start the session with ice-breaking exercises and start to get people to focus on language and the ways
in which it can be manipulated and distorted in order to have an outcome that cannot be anticipated. This all sounds complicated but the perfect example of carrying out
the above is by getting people to say tongue twisters, riddle poems and focus on alternative means of expression.
In the past, the participants of my sessions have ranged across from five year olds to family groups and adults. I like to create a safe environment for all involved, bearing in mind confidence and self esteem issues. Regardless of people’s usual level of confidence, I believe that 90% come out feeling they have learnt something and at least enjoyed themselves in a way that they may not have thought possible.
RIDDLE POEMS AND WORDPLAY POEMS
In these sessions we will focus on our preconceptions of language and how it is used by:
1. Looking at riddle poetry
2. Talking about jokes and advertising campaigns
3. Visual poetry and rebuses. This can be a lot of fun, even for those who don't necessarily like poems. Making it fun/interesting
can be achieved by helping each individual understand the everyday uses of poetry/poetic techniques, taking poetry itself out of the academic arena and reforming their perception of its purpose.
RHYTHM AND RHYME
The use of rhythm is especially important in most language development and expression. The rhythm of a phrase or sentence is essential to its mood.
When it comes to poetry the rhythm is often accompanied by rhyme.
Rhyme is so embedded in the tradition of poetry that some perceive anything that rhymes as a poem; others assume that poetry must rhyme in order to stand up as its true self (if it doesn't rhyme it's not a poem!).
Exploration of rhythm and rhyme can be achieved by:
1. Clapping and percussion games
2. Looking at rhyme without rhythm, and rhythm without rhyme
3. Maximising rhyming techniques by exploring ndividual accents and how they affect rhyming words.
4. Exploring the strength of poetry and story-telling in the absence of rhyme, by looking at alternative poetry 'tools', e.g.. similes and metaphors
For details contact
The Windows Project > 1-27 Bridport Street, Liverpool L3 5QF , England
Please contact the Project first on 0771 0644 325 or email to check details etc.
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