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Young writers aged between 14 – 19 years from across the south east region

Entries should be submitted no later than 26 January 2018

Can you start a whisper chain?

South East Dance dare you… Shhhhhhh, pass it on…

South East Dance have teamed with New Writing South to launch a competition for young writers to create a whisper that will be turned into a dance piece performed by local dancers as part of Flow Dance Brighton.

Young writers aged between 14 – 19 years from across the south east region are invited to think up a whisper that incorporates the concepts of ‘ebb’ and ‘flow’ as inspiration.  The whisper can be up to fifteen words long and does not have to be humorous, alliterative or include any particular words.  We want you to think about how words can transform, manipulate and transmute just as movement can.

Once known as Chinese Whispers, Russian Scandal or Telephone in the US, whisper chains have been played for decades across the globe and endure as a game for all ages.  A choppy, rhythmic sentence gets whispered into the ear of the nearest member of a group who then passes it to their neighbour until the last person is asked to reveal the secret message.  Rarely, if ever, does a single word replicate from the initial whisper to the final whisper and many an intentional or accidental mutation can make for a hilarious or scandalous final version.

The words of the winning whisper will be uttered as part of the soundtrack to a film to be produced by Deborah Tiso featuring a work by Flow Dance Brighton and integrated within a sound installation. The winner will also be offered a free writer-visit to their school or college by New Writing South.  Brighton-based author, Sharon Duggal and Dean Atta, Guest Artistic Director, New Writing South will select the winning entry. Happy whispering!

 An example: “The green rabbits ate chips on the ship while the purple penguins rowed to shore….”  Shhhhh, pass it on

Entries should be submitted no later than 26th January 2018. Entries accepted by email to with Whisper Chain in the subject bar

Or by post to

Flow Brighton, South East Dance, 28­­­ Kensington Street, Brighton­­ BN1 4AJ

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