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Blog: Meet Word creator Jamal Harewood

We had a chat with Jamal Harewood about his interactive show Word, the importance of audience to his performance, and what his favourite word is.

The show investigates how we use language – which aspect of this in particular does the show examine?

Word focuses on context and our understanding of what the words we use mean and the impact that they can have.

You’re well known for the participatory aspects within your work, what can audiences expect from Word?

People can expect to participate in all aspects of a gameshow and can expect to have a fun/competitive time in which they are forced think.

Why do you think it’s important to toy with normal performance conventions?

Without the audience; what is theatre? I feel it’s important to involve those that make it possible to make work: the audience. They have been conditioned to accept that they should be inactive and quiet throughout a show, I want to change that by giving the themthe opportunity to get involved and feel that their actions had some impact on the performance.

What are you looking forward to sharing most with the audience?

Although I’m not involved in it, I’m looking forward to the discussion that occurs once the gameshow has finished as it offers people the space to think and share with others that have gone through the same experience.

Finally, what’s your favourite word?

Tough one, but due to the range of reactions it gets, I’ll have to go with 'moist'.


They’re pretty special. They give a person the opportunity to express themselves. They can be read. They can be heard. They can be spoken. They allow us to communicate. I was always told that it’s not what you say, but how you say it – is this true?

Wed 7 & Thu 8 Feb
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Wed 7 & Thu 8 Feb

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