LISTEN HEAR  is a selection of spoken word-based vocal performances

Spoken word is an oral art that focuses on the aesthetics of word play such as intonation and voice inflection. 

Although spoken word can include any kind of poetry or monologue, or indeed dialogue read aloud, it is different in that how it sounds is often one of the main components.

A broad designation of written work intended for performance with the genre having its roots in oral traditions and performance.

Spoken word can encompass or contain elements of rap, hip-hop, storytelling and theatre. 

Characterised by rhyme, repetition, improvisation, and word play, spoken word material frequently refers to issues of social justice, politics, race, and community. 

It relies on a heavy use of rhythm, improvisation, rhymes, word play, and slang.

It is an important medium because it addresses critical thinking, democratic engagement, and empowers the voice through verse.


I Saw You On The Train 

She was attracted and intrigued on her regular commute each day ...

Written by Thom McKeown  Read by Anda Magherusan

ISawYouOnTheTrain.mp3

ISawYouOnTheTrain.mp3

Kilsheenlan Bay

Murphy had left his home many years ago and is now emotionally recalling his times there.

Written and Read by Thom McKeown   

kilsheenlanbay.mp3

Conflict and Art

A nostalgic look back with great fondness to a time long ago when sheer unbridled community spirit and a welcome escape from the daily turmoil was evident at football grounds on a Saturday at 3pm. 

• See the short film version at screenstage.net/conflictandart

• Inspired by and from the source text of JB Priestley's 'The Good Companions'.

Abridged and Read by Thom McKeown

Conflict&Art.mp3

Beyond The Dreams Of Avarice

A man inherits from his late uncle, a box apparently containing valuable jewellery worth an unimaginable price - but he is in a dilemma when it comes to opening it...

Written and Read by Thom McKeown

Hooked A Spoken Word Performance - (backing music by Public Address)

The relentless, horrific trauma of drug addiction

Written and Read by Thom McKeown

HOOKED.mp3

Jack and Bert

Two elderly gentlemen are spending their final days in a hospice - they become dear friends

Written and Read by Thom McKeown

Jack and Bert.mp3

When The Pandemic Is Over

A post-Coronavirus scenario of how we may all be then

Written and Read by Thom McKeown

WhenThePandemicIsOver.mp3

Spirit A young woman's disturbing dilemma

Written by Thom McKeown   |   Read by Megan Rose Thomas

Spirit.mp3

The Day I Met Frankie The dignity of a gentleman devoid of material gain

Written and Read by Thom McKeown   

Frankie.mp3

Percy Gives Notes

Percy is a very camp theatre director who gives his group, Ilkley Moore Bar Tat Am Dram troupe, his notes on the progress of their Shakespeare production.

Written and Read by Thom McKeown   

PercyGivesNotes 1.mp3

BeyondTheDreamsOfAvarice.mp3