What Are They Whispering? (2011)

A show about power - which combined poetry and pyrotechnics - and toured to UK theatres and arts centres.

How we described it ...

'What Are They Whispering? is a poetry show to nudge you or urge you to weigh up the balance of power in your own life. The dynamic trio of poets whose work will charge you up is Imtiaz Dharker, Joe Dunthorne and John Stammers. They perform a hand-picked selection of their poems about power in both its rawest and most subtle states. Poems and ideas are enhanced and amplified with lighting and sound; every spoken word special effect from a whisper to a chorus, every lighting state from a firefly glimmer to a thunderbolt.

Power. Who has it, who wants it, who tries to take it from you? The poets know.'

More photos here.

The Poets

What Are They Whispering? featured Imtiaz Dharker, Joe Dunthorne and John Stammers.

Production Credits

Produced by Jaybird Live Literature

Directed by Phoebe Stout

Lighting Design by John Castle

Sound by Medina Sound

Tour Dates

The Brewhouse in Taunton, the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter, Birmingham’s mac, Theatre in the Mill in Bradford, Helmsley Arts Centre, King’s Place in London, Newcastle’s Northern Stage and the New Art Exchange in Nottingham.


‘Heard, hard, clear, clever, bright and brutal’, ‘Intense, dreamlike, echoing’ the audience said, and (our favourite) ‘Ground-breaking. Ground-shaking. Moving and powerful’.

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