Count Me In

SW Collective

The South West, Spoken Word Collective bringing you exciting live shows that will stimulate and entertain

Count Me In

Will it be your lucky night?

Maureen and Judi hope it will be. Every week, they place their trust in Don, the glamorous Bingo Master, to make their dreams come true. But behind the magic numbers lie the real stories of their lives.


Maureen. 55, married with four grown-up children. A home-bird who dreads the day she’ll be left alone.


Judi. Librarian. Works 37.5 hours a week, eats 5-a-day and has systems in place. But is she losing control?


Don. Twenty years calling the numbers to change people’s lives. Drink, drugs, divorce. The 12 Step Programme isn’t working.


Eyes down for a full house…


Count Me In is an immersive spoken word theatre show about the numbers in our lives.


The show takes place during one night in the Bingo Hall. We all play the game and as the numbers are called, Don, Maureen and Judi reveal their true selves – their memories, anniversaries, regrets, mistakes, joys, hopes and dreams.


But Count Me In is a show with a difference. It is about numbers and YOU.

We want to hear about the important numbers in your life. We will run creative writing workshops before the show to gather poems and stories about your relationship and connection with numbers. What are the special dates you remember? Do you live your life by the clock? How do you count the cost of living?


The words you write will be part of the show. No two performances will ever be the same.


Can we count you in?


COUNT ME IN features:


Lucy English

Novelist, performance poet and senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Lucy has appeared at many literature festivals in the UK and has toured internationally for the British Council. Cross-art projects include Why I’m Here, a photography collaboration, andPassing On, a digital storytelling film for Queensland University of Technology.


Sara-Jane Arbury

Writer, performer and workshop facilitator. Sara-Jane has been involved in the production and promotion of creative writing and live literature for twenty years, collaborating with organisations including the Arts Council, BBC, Oxford University Press and Bloodaxe Books. She is the former Voices Off Director at Cheltenham Literature Festival.


Glenn Carmichael

Founder of London's Hard Edge Club. Author of two poetry books, a prize-winning novel and many short stories, Glenn is best known for his promotion of performance poetry. A seasoned slam host and multi-media practitioner, he is passionate about bringing life to the spoken word.


COUNT ME IN toured throughout 2014-2015. For further information or to express interest, please contact: or call Lucy English on 0777 609 5918


Tour dates for COUNT ME IN were:


March 7th 2014 - St Ives Arts Club, Westcotts Quay St Ives, TR6 2DY


Workshop runs from 5-7pm and is free. Workshop participants will pay the reduced rate for the show


Performance 8-9.15pm. Tickets £7.00 & £5.50 reduced/concs


Tickets on the door or from Cafe Art in the Drill Hall, St Ives, TR26 2LR -


March 15th 2014 - Shropshire Arts Alive, Bishops Castle, Shropshire


Showcase only at 2.00pm


April 4th 2014 - Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Copa (upstairs), 66 Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HA


Workshop 3-5pm at the Milsom Street Day Centre (this is a 'closed' workshop for members of the day centre only)


Performance 7-8.15pm


Tickets £6/£4 on the door or adv from Cheltenham Town Hall - 0844 576 2210 -


April 18th 2014 - Bristol Spring Poetry Festival, Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA


Workshop with the Growing Creatives at the Windmill Hill City Farm (this is a 'closed' workshop for members of Growing Creatives only)


Performance 7.30


Tickets £8/£6 on the door or adv from Arnolfini Box Office 0117 917 2300 -


This event is part of the Spring Bristol Poetry Festival organised by:

The Poetry Can 0117 933 0900 -


April 23rd 2014 - Yate Library, 44 West Walk, Yate, South Glos. BS37 4AX


Performance 7.30-8.45pm


Tickets £2.50 library members / £3.00. non members. Book via and pay on the door


Free Workshop - open to all: 7.30-9.00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014 - Yate Library - 01454 868006 - South Gloucestershire Libraries


May 9th 2014 - Staple Hill Library, Beaufort Road, South Glos. BS16 5LS


Performance 7.30-8.45pm


Tickets £2.50 library members / £3.00. non members. Book via and pay on the door


Free Workshop - open to all: 7.30-9.00pm Friday 25th April - Staple Hill Library - 01454 868006


May 22nd 2014 - The B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle St, Plymouth PL1 2NJ


Free Workshop 5pm-7pm - To sign up for the workshop: e-mail


Performance 8pm


Tickets: £7 on the door, £5 in advance, £4 NUS


Box Office 01752 242021 -


Sep 14th 2014 - The Petal Tent, Wise Words Festival, Canterbury, CT1 2NR


Free Workshop 2.00-4.00pm at the venue


Performance 6pm


Tickets for performance £5


Box Office T 07540 998872


Sep 27th - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8TA


Free Workshop 2.30-4.30pm at the venue


Performance 7.30pm


Tickets for performance £10 full / £8 concessions


Box Office 01803 882717


Oct 1st - Mapa Building (PA001), City of Bath College, Avon St, Bath, BA1 1UP


Performance 3pm


This is a closed event for students.


Nov 15th 2014 - Market Theatre, Market Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2AQ


Free Workshop 4-6pm at the venue


Performance 8pm


Tickets for performance £8 Full, £6 Concs


Box Office T 07967 517125 or call in at The Master's House, St Katherine's Car Park


Feb 9th 2015 - St John’s Hospital, Combe Park, Bath, BA1 3NF


Performance 7pm


This performance is free, but donations are welcome.


Feb 11th 2015 - Burdall’s Yard, 7a Anglo Terrace, Bath, BA1 5NH


Free Workshop 4-6pm at the venue


Performance 8pm


Tickets £8. Concessions £6; BSU students £5; FREE to Bath Spa Live Members

to book: 01225 463362 or


March 26th 2015 - Trinity Methodist Church, The Street, Radstock, BA3 3PL


Performance 1pm (entrance between the church and vegetable shop)


This performance is free, but donations are welcome.


For further information call 01225 396042 or 01225 396033


This show was supported by Arts Council England, and in conjunction with Bath Spa University's 'Write Now" community outreach programme.

For further information about booking Count Me In please contact us at: or call Lucy English on 0777 609 5918

Poets - Open call for poems about numbers.


SW Collective are particularly keen to receive poems and prose on the Numbers theme for inclusion on the Count Me In website.


Please send your creative writing to - selected pieces may also feature in the show!


Here's what the critics said about Count Me In:


"Thank you for an AMAZING night last night. I was totally blown away. It was absolutely fantastic."


Anna Ferguson, Activities and Volunteer Co-ordinator, St John's Hospital, Bath


"Count Me In is a tour de force that involves the audience instantly - it grabbed our attention and drew us in to the lives of the characters, compered by the hugely talented Glenn, whose performance never once flagged. It was unexpectedly moving at times, funny, and dexterous. I found the poems by the local people v moving too, and incorporated well into the show. A large group of foreign students who attended - from Spain, Romania, and other parts of Europe - also really enjoyed Count Me In. It was an intriguing concept, sparking discussion afterwards about the stories (and the statistics) told in such a poignant and witty way. Great stuff - v innovative and entertaining - thank you Glenn and team."


Kate Saunders, Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

"Count Me In - is a spoken word show in which the significance of numbers in our daily lives are explored by a number of characters in bingo hall. In the end you had to conclude that none of the characters were particularly fortunate as the increasingly hollow sounding refrain of "be lucky!" repeatedly rang out or may be more appropriately ran out. But it was a beautiful and moving show with strong and daring performances from Glenn Carmichael, Lucy English and Sara-Jane Arbury. Glenn, Lucy and Sara-Jane had also worked with three members of The Growing Creatives a local arts group from Windmill Hill who each wrote and performed a dramatic monlogue that fitted into the show seamlessly and each of which were wry, powerful and affecting."


Colin Brown – Director, The Poetry Can

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