Three new podcasts on why Performance Poetry leads to better mental health.

06 July 2018

To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of National Performance Poetry organisation Apples and Snakes and 70 years of the NHS, Take Art have been commissioned by Apples and Snakes to make and release three podcasts celebrating Word/Play, a Performance Poetry on Prescription project based in Somerset. 

You can, should and won't regret listening to the podcasts below, starting with episode one.

Listen to the Podcasts


The Podcast Launch at The Rainbow Fish Speak Easy

The podcasts were launched in Yeovil at The Rainbow Fish Speak Easy on Thursday 5 July, where the participants and their friends and families were able to share their poetry adventures and celebrate a project that is making a real difference to people's lives. 

"Had a brilliant time in Yeovil! Congrats on Word Play, the mental health + poetry project, a truly valuable and lovely thing indeed! Inspiring!" Jackie Juno, headline poet

Thanks to everyone for listening to our podcast or attending our launch and also to Apples and Snakes for giving us this platform. At the moment, funding permitted, Take Art aims to run a new series of Word/Play workshops in January 2019, while keeping the Word/Play plus an on-going group that people can join once they have gone through the ten week project.  

The ultimate aim is to run these workshops on a greater scale, in more GP surgeries throughout Somerset, the South West and beyond, creating real change to individual lives and helping shift the way the NHS approaches mental health. So watch this space…  

If you want to find out more about Word/Play please visit www.takeart.org/wordplay


Life Changing Projects from Take Art


  • ProjectWord/Play

    Word/Play is a social prescribing project for people experiencing mental ill health. It uses performance poetry to empower individuals, giving them the freedom and encouragement to tell their stories.

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  • ProjectLife Circles

    Life Circles has not been a project on how to teach older people to dance, but an exploration of how dance can effectively engage with the individual as a whole person and improve the quality of later life.

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  • ProjectMy Tunes

    My Tunes is a long running project from Take Art and Actiontrack that utilises the levelling power of music, working with some of the most isolated and disadvantaged young people in the county. Sep 2012 - present day

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