What Days We're Having Now (2018/19)

What Days We're Having Now (2018/19)

A new poetry show featuring Alex MacDonald, Ella Frears and Will Harris

When you’re on an adventure, you need a map

Take one last look at your teenage bedroom - its floordrobe and cereal bowls, the photos on the wall – then head out into the world.

What Days We’re Having Now was a live anthology of subtly theatricalised poems. Images scrolled by like an Instagram feed: a flower pressed in a book, a cartoon frog, a stack of nachos cooked by a TV chef.

Through poems touching on identity, uncertainty, the meaning of family and the nature of love, Alex, Ella and Will talked to us. They led us away from home and helped us find our way back. We navigated our lives with their poems.


Working with poets Alex MacDonald, Ella Frears and Will Harris, a pile of their poems and a tangle of stage lights, we made a show looking at what it means to take your first steps into adulthood - with ideas to resonate whether you're taking those steps yourself now, or you're looking back on how far you've come.

Here's some of the raw material - read a poem by Alex, one by Ella and one by Will

We're very grateful for the Arts Council support which underpins our touring work,The title came from a line in Alex' poem 'Gigantic Days' which was included in the show.

Follow our progress on Twitter and Instagram: #whatdays

Rehearsal photos by Derek Adams and Harpreet Kalsi - more of them here and here.

Show Details

Produced by Jaybird Live Literature

Directed and production design by Phoebe Stout

Sound and lighting design by John Castle

Full version: c50 mins, no interval, for theatres, arts centres and other technically equipped spaces

Basic version: c50 mins, no interval for schools, colleges, festivals, libraries and other non-technically equipped spaces

Tech Specs: Full version needs c4x4m playing space, moderately simple sound and LX, tours with technician. Basic version works anywhere an audience can gather.

Marketing: comprehensive digital and print marketing material and support supplied, marketing duties shared with the producers who are live literature selling experts.

Education: Teacher-written study resources for literature and drama students at A level / college / university level available.

Participation: A poetry 'write-back' challenge for student audiences accompanies the show.

The themes and design of What Days We're Having Now focus on the experiences of 16-25 year olds, but all poetry and performance audiences are welcome

Fee: dependent on projected audience size, and includes all travel, accom and expenses.

For more details, email julia@jaybird.org.uk

About the Poets

Alex MacDonald has recently had poems published by Clinic, English Pen, Rising and The Oxfam Book of Young Poets. He was a runner up in the PigHog / Poetry School Prize and ran the reading series 'Selected Poems at the V&A Reading Rooms'. He's a parliamentary speech-writer by profession, and has a particular interest in young people's mental health.

'All I seem to do is drink milk from my favourite glass, / which was once a jar of fig jam' ('Kingfisher Days')

Ella Frears is a poet, writer and visual artist. She was awarded a place on the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2016/17 and received a fully funded scholarship for the MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway where she was Poet in Residence writing about the Cassini Space Mission. She has also just been shortlisted for the poetry category of the Manchester Writing Competition

'Last night we slept under a full moon ... Have you ever tried it?' ('The Moonbathers')

Will Harris has worked in schools, led workshops at the Southbank Centre and taught for The Poetry School. He co-edits 13 Pages and organises The Poetry Inquisition. He is an Assistant Editor at The Rialto, part of the editorial team behind Swimmers and a fellow of The Complete Works III. His poem 'Say' is shortlisted for the 2018 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

'Once I believed myself to be a cuckoo when, in fact / I was a pair of binoculars looking at a cuckoo' ('The Seven Dreams of Richard Spenser')

Tour Dates

Thursday 18 October 2018
Faber Academy, London

Monday 29 October 2018
Nottingham University

Monday 28 January 2019
Brunel University, Uxbridge

Monday 4 February 2019
Kings College, London

Thursday 28 February 2019
Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts

Saturday 9 March 2019
StAnza Festival, St Andrews

Monday 25 March 2019
York Literature Festival

Tuesday 16 July
The Alma Theatre, Bristol

Friday 27 September
St Ives Festival

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