Playing with Poetry: Miles Merrill

COMMENTS FROM SCHOOLS

"Miles captivated the audience- children and teachers- right from the start. His workshop techniques and activities were very good. We would certainly invite Miles back."

Cringila PS

"Excellent characterisations… lots of learning opportunities. Miles's performance relates well to personal development, poetry, text types, Drama and movement."

Rose Bay PS

"Miles is a fantastic performer a really excellent actor and poet. He establishes an instant rapport with students and gets them writing and performing in no time."

Baulkham Hills HS

"An overwhelming experience for students, dynamic, energetic, mesmerising "

Macintyre HS

"Lots of performers claim to be multicultural but few straddle as many different cultures as gracefully and powerfully as Miles Merrill."

Chicago Reader

"Merrill's stories, set to a background of music, pack a solid punch. Visit this show to learn what performing is really about."

Adelaide Advertiser

"Passionate, deeply enjoyable and demands attention. More please."

Sydney Morning Herald

Playing with Poetry

with Miles Merrill

THE PERFORMER

The hit of Sydney Festival 2005 with his show Slamming, special guest on ABC TV's Sunday Arts program, Organiser of The State Library's National Poetry Slam… Miles Merrill is Australia's spoken-word tour de force. Miles combines elements of theatre, hip-hop, slam poetry and music, flinging words in a rapid fire onslaught of versified emotion. His CD What Night Knows, can be heard on radio stations everywhere and on his website www.wordtravels.info Merrill tours internationally to venues as varied as the Sydney Opera House, off-broadway theatre, galleries, universities and a wide range of secondary and primary schools.

THE PERFORMANCE

Playing With Poetry features a performance by Miles Merrill using characters, "wild and witty wordplay", and fun physical theatre.

K-2: Interactive poems including one about Australian native animals. Miles teaches poetry based on using the five senses. The show includes, toy animals, puppets, music, and audio FX.

3-6: Gets kid writing and performing their own poems. Using confidence building techniques Miles teaches kids about poetic concepts like metaphor and simile, while getting them to laugh and play character roles. Miles uses a mixture of music, props, costumes and audio fx.

WORK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

CD:
What Night Knows, Dirty Curly
DVD:
The Reel
In Print:
The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry,
Terra:
Anthology, The Asia Literary Review and Online
www.milesmerrill.com
SUITABILITY:
Years K-6
DURATION:
60 minutes
COST:
$3.50+ 35c gst
MIN PER SESSION:
$500.50 ($455 + $45.50 gst if less than 130 students)
NOTES:
CD "What Night Knows" $25.00 Available from Miles