SW Collective

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


Flash was the first spoken word show by the SWCollective and toured between 2010-11. You can see archived information about Flash below...


Flashbacks, flash floods, flashers … where will the beam fall? What happens when you are caught in the spotlight’s glare? Four performers: Lucy English, Sara-Jane Arbury, Glenn Carmichael and Anna Freeman interact with poetry and prose to focus on revelations and epiphanies in everyday lives. The sudden flash that reveals the briefest moment when everything makes sense.


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FLASH has shown at:


Bristol Live Open Platform for experimental theatre on Saturday 27th March 2010 at Arnolfini


Bristol Poetry Festival on Wednesday 22nd September 2010 at Arnolfini


Illuminate Bath Arts Festival on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th November 2011 at Bath Society Meeting Room


Cheltenham Poetry Festival on Friday 1st April 2011 at The Town Hall


The Plough Arts Centre on Wednesday 25th May 2011, Great Torrington, Devon


Stroud Festival on Saturday 18th June 2011 at Lansdown Hall


Ledbury Poetry Festival on Sunday 3rd July 2011 at Market Theatre


Bristol Poetry Festival on Thursday15th September 2011 at Arnolfini. ‘Flash intervention’ happened before the main house event with Simon Armitage and Sean O’Brien


Solihull Arts Complex on Thursday 22nd September 2011


FAO Promoters! FLASH lasts for 1 hour and 10 minutes without an interval.


Technical requirements: the facility to show film as part of a Powerpoint presentation and incorporate some basic lighting and sound cues in the action.


For further information about booking FLASH in your venue, please contact us at info@swcollective.co.uk

“FLASH is one of the most engaging, intimate, enthralling and surprising spoken word shows I have ever seen at a Bristol Poetry Festival, or anywhere else for that matter. The poets/performers: Lucy English, Sara-Jane Arbury, Glenn Carmichael and Anna Freeman explored the themes of the show in ways which were moving, amusing and utterly absorbing. Never static, the dynamic, interaction, interchange and movement between the poets, enhanced by the striking use of film, slides and audio produced a compelling experience for the audience. Indeed, when the show had ended and the long applause, whistles and cheers were done, the audience remained in their seats, rapt and impressed and talking happily and enthusiastically about what they had just experienced. I would recommend, without reservation, this show to poetry/spoken word lovers and to promoters and festival directors everywhere.”

Colin Brown – Director, The Poetry Can

“I had a real theatrical treat after my gig. If you haven’t seen FLASH starring poets Sara-Jane Arbury, Glenn Carmichael, Lucy English and Anna Freeman, you haven’t lived…”

Patience Agbabi - Poet

“For me poetry is about feeling a connection and I was completely absorbed for the entire show. Totally compelling, moving and poignant, FLASH is one of the best live literature shows that I’ve seen and it will stay with for a long time yet, simply stunning.”

Nickie Thomas - Director, Solihull Arts Complex