Ballistic Lips

Ballistic Lips is a rolling programme of explosive wordy workshops for young people and adults aged 14 to 19, targeted at young carers and PRUs.

Ballistic Lips sees participants working with hip hop artists and professional performance poets Maxwell Golden, Liv Torc and/or Chris Redmond to explore their own unique voice. Using hip-hop, performance poetry and spoken word techniques, they created rhymes, words and rhythms for the page and for the stage. At the end of the two days, participants performed solo and group pieces to each other and an invited audience.

Dave Willis from Somerset Young Carers said "All the young carers seemed to benefit hugely from taking part and being encouraged to have the freedom to try out new things and learn new performing arts skills.  They also developed their social skills in a safe environment."

One participant said that "the project showed me how to open my mind and dig deep to create better writing."

Another commented that "the support of the mentors was just the right fit.  Brilliant!"

Ballistic Lips complements Take Art's broader aspirations to develop urban arts in rural environments as a mechanism for addressing issues of mental health and emotional well-being among young people. 

The project was supported by SPAEDA's 'Arts Adventures' programme which aims to give children and young people who wouldn't usually have the opportunity, the chance to explore the arts, while encouraging them to discover their own creativity.

The Ballistic Lips Film


To read two of the group poems from the course please click:

My Amazing Pants by the Purple Team

My Terrifying Pants by the Orange Team

"All the young carers seemed to benefit hugely from taking part and being encouraged to have the freedom to try out new things and learn new performing arts skills. They also developed their social skills in a safe environment."

Dave Willis, Somerset Young Carers (Ballistic Lips)

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