The Bunker Spoken Word

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The Bunker Spoken Word

The Bunker Spoken Word is a project supporting writers and artists to create new work during this time of COVID-19.

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Building on its national reputation for the delivery of quality live spoken word events in association with Horizon Festival, The Bunker Spoken Word is responding to the COVID-19 restrictions by delivering an extensive online program and work on the second creative development of new theatre work, How To Spell Love.

Funds raised during this period directly support artists to be engaged in creating new work, with The Bunker commissioning new works of poetry for monthly publishing as ‘Isolating in the Bunker’ and the original work How To Spell Love set to premiere in partnership with Metro Arts in Brisbane, 2020.

The timeliness and importance of this project is evidenced in two areas.

At a time of flux and change, this project is engaging artists in new work, creating industry resilience and building new ways of sharing and creating works of poetry. The agency that this project will bring to the Australian community of writers and poets is critical at this time.

This project supports development and presentation of new work which is at the cusp of society’s lived experience. The commissioned works respond to the power of voices across society, examining privilege and visibility in a new era of technology and community upheaval.

How To Spell Love is a highly innovative spoken word theatre production which directly conveys the experience of a young migrant woman, navigating the intersecting avenues of identity, culture and society. A deeply moving work still in development, HTSL is already fielding international tour inquiries. This project will ensure the Metro Arts premiere in 2020 launches a stunning new production to the world.

The Bunker Spoken Word gives visibility to those who often find themselves outside of everyday discourses. We are a collective platform created to support and mentor emerging and established artists to fully realise new performance work and new writing.

Both the video series, ‘Isolating in the Bunker’ and the development of theatre work, How to Spell Love are projects for this moment with a legacy beyond this current point in time. Both projects are to showcase the stories inherent in moments of adversity and show how artists can respond to the uncertainty of life to find hope and ultimately flourish and thrive.

Your support will help provide payment and purpose to the artists and creative teams working on these two initiatives. Your support will help give voice to the stories we need to hear as we rebuild our futures in the wake of COVID-19. Your support will ensure there are new and innovative experiences to be had on the other side.

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In four years, The Bunker Spoken Word has cultivated a safe space for spoken word performance. Hailing from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, the collective has built a national reputation for the creative development and delivery of high quality, professional feature events, slams, workshops and spoken word theatre.

The collective of Tim Loydell, Toni Wills and Tash King is dedicated to showcasing the best of local, national and international spoken word talent and mentoring emerging poets and writers to create and access performance and professional development opportunities.

In partnership with Horizon Festival, The Bunker has morphed its quarterly live event series into a monthly online slam (in response to COVID-19 restrictions) and curates an annual spoken word competition which has become one of the most lucrative in South East Queensland. Our latest initiative, Isolating in the Bunker, video series provides paid opportunities for the creation of new work from poets Australia wide.

Committed to bringing the spoken word to traditional theatre stages, How to Spell Love is the first spoken word theatre work developed by the collective, written and featuring Anisa Nanduala (Voices of Colour), this work will premiere in 2020.

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Peta Huggett

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Kellie Wright

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Horizon Festival - Sunshine Coast Council

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Paul Osuch

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Clare Archer-Lean

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Julie Hauritz

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Cathrine Couper

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Robyn Hewitt

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Imperial Hotel Eumundi

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Pablo A Lee

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Margi Brown Ash

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Marian McCarter

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SetUsFree

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Rebekkah Law

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Jacqui Betteridge

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Nicci Wilson

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Kate Hart

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Christina Rodriguez

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Jo Thomas

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David Williamson

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Johanne Wright

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Kristen Sanders

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