Young Male Artists wanted…


Are you a young man with experience of mental health issues? Are you also an emerging poet or budding performer? If so, ‘Showcase Live’ needs you!

What is it?

  • This is a creative arts project targeting young men (16-35) of primarily African, Asian or Carribean descent.
  • It will use artforms like poetry, hip hop, rap and others.
  • It is set to take place between September and November 2008.
  • It will see 6-7 young men (who will be between 16 and 35) working closely with leading arts professionals to produce a live showcase of their own work.
  • Each participant will be paid for their participation.

Tell me more …

Over a series of 9 creative workshops 6-7 young men will receive close mentoring from the following leading artists:

  • Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze – the internationally acclaimed poet of Jamaican origin
  • Nicolas Makoha – a charismatic poet and educationalist who has performed around the UK and
  • Michael Brome (AKA Sureshot) – experienced local poet and ‘big brother’ of the project.

The workshops will lead to a final show, to be staged at the newly refurbished Y Theatre. It will be professionally produced by the high profile renaissance one and directed by the nationally acclaimed producer, mentor and curator Melanie Abrahams.

Who’s behind it?

‘Showcase Live’ is an exciting new project made possible by funding from the Community Development Foundation and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Led by BrightSparks (Voluntary Arts in Mental Health Group) it’s core partners are:

  • Akwaaba Ayeh (local mental health advocacy service for people of African, Carribean and Asian descent, formally the ‘Mental Health Shop’)
  • Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and
  • renaissance one (nationally acclaimed agency, producing and curating spoken word, poetry and fiction-based events.)

How do I get involved?

If you like to take part in the main showcase – or attend a couple of more open poetry producing workshops, to be led by Jean and Sureshot, then let us know.
You can do so by calling:
Pamela Campbell (Akwaaba Ayeh) on: 0116 2471525,  email:

For more information please contact Lydia Towsey, Chair of BrightSparks and Creative Arts Coordinator for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust:


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