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I Hear Here

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In 2014 Get Changed Theatre Company - an arts and drama charity for adults with learning disabilities - carried out an impressive project called Get Changed Makes History in collaboration with the National Trust Castle Drogo. As part of the project, the participant wrote poems which you can read here.

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I Hear Here

  1. 1. Get Changed Makes History Poems inspired by characters and the environment of Castle Drogo. Eight poems reflecting the thoughts and feelings of Get Changed Participants.
  2. 2. I hear here……… Inspired poem by Tony Henshaw. 22.3.14 Written for Get Changed Makes History project at Castle Drogo 2014. quiet sound of the wind, storm coming. heavy rain rattles the sky. tree falling down, phwooooophshh.
  3. 3. In the kitchen cook boiling the kettle on the stove, hot water, bubbling, busy, cup of tea, tray, taken up. in the drawing room get the match out strike it shhhwooooopahhh...tuuuuuuushhh light the candles, the candle lit sounds like the wind, I hear here……… Inspired poem by Tony Henshaw and Matt Bambrick. 22.3.14 Written for Get Changed Makes History project at Castle Drogo 2014. In the kitchen cook boiling the kettle on the stove, hot water, bubbling, busy, cup of tea, tray, taken up. in the drawing room get the match out strike it shhhwooooopahhh...tuuuuuuushhh light the candles, the candle lit sounds like the wind, wind outside comes down the chimney and snuffs the candle out
  4. 4. Inspired poem by David Axford 22.3.14 Written for Get Changed Makes History project at Castle Drogo 2014. the garden will grow, and the white fog, floating. i hear the quiet. i see an old photograph, black and white, of the garden with children playing, in the garden, in the fog, they should go back into the castle, its cold outside, very cold, very wet and now its evening. in the black dark black night i see many stars and i hear the moon, white. i see an old photograph, black and white, of the moon shining in through the window onto the books, light so strong, flashing very strong, and shining lights, through the castle windows, the people appear, i see their black shadows through the curtains, appear, and disappear, and are gone like the white fog floating away. I hear here………
  5. 5. Inspired poem by Elaine Cawley. 22.3.14 Written for Get Changed Makes History project at Castle Drogo 2014. happy singing birds, wind blows away the ants, walking. quiet. trees, rain, relaxing, the sun is coming, out.
  6. 6. I hear here……… Inspired poem by Susie James and Matt Bryne . 22.3.14 Written for Get Changed Makes History project at Castle Drogo 2014. a choir of birds, footsteps of people, walking, crunching gravel. a robin whispering ”just eating worms”. cutting grass, a lawnmower man, mowing. driving into the barn, taking them into the barn, tractor engine sound, picking up potatoes and carrots. people talking, about the castle, the flags out, in the castle they are getting ready to eat the potatoes and the carrots. the queen, the celebration, shaking the hands, overhead the helicopter, ”your majesty” bowing and curtseying. hair blowing in the wind, rain plop plob plop plob, thunder boom, coming closer, the lights coming out, coming on in the dark of the castle, wet we run inside.
  7. 7. I hear here……… Inspired poem by David Axford 22.3.14 Written for Get Changed Makes History project at Castle Drogo 2014. i hear wind and hailstones dropping down on the leaves i hear fog floating to hills i hear the birds praying and singing together i hear the wind is blowing, the leaves are shaking, the leaves rattling slowly the wind is calm and down, sunny, yeah, full stop. here i hear the sound of all that music
  8. 8. I hear here……… Inspired poem by Sian Phillips 22.3.14 Written for Get Changed Makes History project at Castle Drogo 2014. birds singing, just tweeting, saying we’ve got a happy day, and people talking i hear trees like waves, its very cold on the waves travelling off to the seaside, over the sea off to who knows where, imagine a hundred years ago a hundred years ago, people talking in the castle ”we like to sleep during the day, sit and have a doze, and tea, by the fire” and they talk about what it would be like, in a hundred years time time for tea, setting the tables, getting the chairs ready, rushing round, laying the tables with table cloths and silver cutlery. teatime, setting off to war, getting ready, walking slowly, leaving and laying down to sleep with clothes on, and with no tea even. a hundred years ago at war, i wouldn’t want to do it, to fight, i’d be frightened, people rushing round, talking, arguing, unhappy, very very cold, like it is today. today i know what i’m going to do later, put my feet up, by the fire. a happy day.
  9. 9. I hear here……… Inspired poem by David Axford 22.3.14 Written for Get Changed Makes History project at Castle Drogo 2014. In the wind, in ages gone, 1914, writing home, letters home, he wrote i’m sorry i’m not going to be there, i want to go home. some young men left, left to become soldiers, a black dagger of a train, taking them to fight on the battlefield, many killed, left there, never came back home at all. on the battlefield, i hear guns and cannons, cold and wind, i hear a voice in the sky crying. i hear a whispering voice in the wind, i want to go home.

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