What Is POUT?!
It used to pretend to be a cooperative of radical, political theatre-makers when it formed in 2008. The POUT acronym stood for Political Operations Under Threat. The work we did was mainly a satire of government decisions leading up to the Iraq invasion, sexuality politics and was a bit of a social commentary.
We were, and I still am, inspired by the work of companies and individuals that formed British Alternative Theatre Movement, 1968-88.
We did tour political theatre work, agit-prop meets Kubrick style, around the pubs of West Yorkshire and beyond, 2009-2011. Then we disbanded. Long story. I basically kept the name and started events and getting into other things.
Today POUT is basically just me and this website is just a collection of Ideas, Attitudes, Perspectives, Images and Other Phenomena. Its about sharing f*&king good ideas. I've worked voluntarily (occasionally with funding) in the creative sector for over 7 years...
I hold down a 9-5 like most folk and do all of this in my spare time. I just think its time to start sharing the knowledge, experiences and madness of my journey outside of the day job. I don't really know why. I just want to.
So from running arts festival programmes to writing funding bids, sketching and writing poetry and short stories, to collaborating to deliver artist-led development programmes and helping others to do their thing, to just experiencing others' work...
I'm basically just doing things. Here is a current thing.
I've a habit of getting involved in and/or running strange things, events, workshops. I do it because I can't settle on one idea, career or cake that satisfy's me. I don't want to. I won't. You can't make me. I know you're not don't worry I'm not that far gone... But, I hope you know what I mean.
So basically I collaborate with people. I help out / get involved. If you're interested in this too then check out this most recent collaboration:
N E X U S
@POUT_Productions | @NEXUS_Leeds | @WYTN
For No Good Reason
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