Talkaoke is a pop up talk show that is has been gaining popularity in festivals, clubs, galleries, theatres, conferences and on the street. it consists of an illuminated round table with a host sitting in the middle on a swivel chair. Participants sit around the outside and are passed the microphone whenever they want to […]

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    Who Wants to Be...?

    Who Wants to Be…?

    Who Wants to Be…? is the ask-the audience game show, where the audience asks the questions, comes up with the answers, and sets the rules! Using two visualisation systems, some gameshow glitz and a visual voting system, a large audience can brainstorm, feedback, and generate the most incredible ideas together. In its simplest form each […]

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    One Night Grandstand

    One Night Grandstand

      One Night Grandstand: stadium for a night! One Night Grandstand infuses a normal kick-about with the excitement of a football stadium. Games have a live, amplified commentary, floodlighting and stadium style screens above the pitch, complete with sound effects, live motion graphics and action replays. Watch the One Night Grandstand promo video to see […]

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    Documenting - Theps Media Lab

    Documenting – Theps Media Lab

    We don’t just document our own events but have along history of filming and editing performances, talks, exhibitions and workshops, from vox popping on the streets of Hornchurch to filming a 24 hour performance marathon at The Serpentine Gallery. Through our work on facilitation and Talkaoke we are experts in asking the right questions and […]

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    “Basically, it’s a film-making-conveyer-belt that squeezes the imagination out of anybody who comes along, mixes it with everybody else’s and puts it on video.” Segue – a developing experimental format from The People Speak. It has emerged from workshops we have done for our own creative growth and for others. We discovered a strong desire […]

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    Unlecture takes the standard lecture format and turns it inside out. Instead of an expert talking to an audience with a couple of questions at the end, Unlecture empowers the audience to actively participate and exchange their own expertise. It encourages open discussion and debate between people on specific subjects. Our facilitators employ different techniques […]

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    Change… for a tenner– LIFT –Who Wants to Be…?

    wwtb-liftIn June 2014 we took part in a fantastic series of events organised by LIFT. The series was called Change… for a tenner. LIFT is an international theatre festival and the people at LIFT were very concerned about the interface between performance and politics, representation, social change. This was a really stimulating series with loads of good ideas generated and questions asked. At the end we put on a version of our game show “Who Wants to Be…?” where we ask the audience to decide how to spend the entire box office takings.  This version was a bit different because we had already built up a good head of ideas and themes, some suggested by our expert speakers, some suggested by our expert audience.

    We attempted to visualise the ideas using two methods that we have developed. It is important to visualise the ideas to get everybody talking about the same thing. Even if they don’t agree, at least they have a benchmark to discern their opinion against others, understand points in common and where they differ. You can review the images we made for the series on our Flickr page. Some of the themes that emerged: we need to invest in participation in democracy, is it more effective to create change from within the institution or outside of it? we need to take risks and put our bodies on the line if we want change. There are lot of seemlingly eccentric campaigns out there, and some of them will influence the norms of the future, but which ones?

    Wake Up Britain!

    Many but not all of these discussions gave context to the finale of the talks programme- our Who Wants to Be…? show performed by The People Speak at Shoreditch Town Hall. Who Wants to Be…? is a theatrical event that feels like a game show where everyone pays £10 to get in. The entire show is about how to spend the box office takings. What we try to do with Who Wants to Be…? is to get people to listen to each other and build on each other’s ideas. The real point is to get people to feel a sense of their collective imaginative power. It isn’t really about the money. We just need people to have a stake, an investment in the process so they invest in it emotionally during the event.

    On entry each participant is given a voting card which they can use to decide what happens. The card has a pink, yellow and green panel which is displayed to a DSLR camera to indicate personal choice.

    View from vote counting camera

    View from vote counting camera

    Nearly all of the rules to Who Wants to Be…? have been suggested by participants through previous iterations of the game. As it stands right now we try to generate as many ideas as possible in the first half and try to boil down the ideas to a single proposal in the second half. This presents a problem in terms of a narrative arc of the show in that the maximum excitement and collaboration is in the middle of the show, and there is more and more disappointment as you get to the end. This narrowing down of ideas to what is most possible or desired has been described as the “groan zone” and it is a challenge to make this element fun. We try to do this with exciting visuals and sound effects to increase drama.

    In the first half we briefly recapped on some of the ideas that had been raised in the previous five talks, then we tried to get as many ideas going in a general discussion.What we call preference voting was used to rank the ideas in terms of how much they are liked. The first ten ideas (it was supposed to be nine, but we got carried away)made it through to the second half. Some of the ideas; giving away free ice creams to people in parks and having a conversation at the same time, a luxury bench for homeless people, getting everybody in the audience to take a child to the theatre, a campaign to train five year old to deface adverts and a campaign to make it compulsory for pension recipients to have a living will.


    Going though ranked ideas, Who Wants to Be

    Going though ranked ideas, Who Wants to Be


    This time, many of the ideas where about increasing democratic participation or social engagement.  In the end the winning idea was to revive the tradition of Speakers’ Corner in Victoria Park, East London. The provisional date for the first event there is 21st September 2014. However this is yet to be confirmed. So watch this space!

    Ben de Vere had the winning idea of reviving Speakers' corener

    Ben de Vere had the winning idea of reviving Speakers’ corner






    The People Speak & ‘Who Wants to Be…?’ At LIFT Festival 2014


    Throughout June ‘The People Speak’ will be at LIFT Festival 2014, running and working on various events. Hosted by the likes of Amy Lamé and other London notables, Mikey and Zsolti will be at each knocking up instant visualisations and harvesting ideas for the concluding Who Wants to Be…? Change for a Tenner session on 26th June at Shoreditch Town Hall.

    A full list of events we’ll be at can be found on our events page.

    Tickets for the ‘Who Wants to be…?’ are now available so make sure to purchase yours now.

    Interview with Mikey on ‘Creating a culture of participation’


    Participation Now researcher Hilde C. Stephansen recently interviewed Mikey for OpenDemocracy about ‘Creating a culture of participation’. As well as looking some of our projects and tools, Mikey also talked our approach and methodology.

    You can read the full interview here: Creating a culture of participation

    WWTB at Engergize Festival

    ‘Who Wants to be…?’ at Energize Festival will be streaming live on 15th Nov 2013. To watch the live stream please click on the link below. Show starts at 8pm til 10pm CET (7pm UK time).

    Video Link: thepeoplestreamenergize

    Talkaoke at CultureTECH 2013, Derry-Londonderry

    Talkaoke made it’s long awaited debut in Northern Ireland at this years CultureTECH festival, we travelled across the city popping up at different public spaces.

    CultureTECH a week-long celebration of digital technology, media and music taking place in Derry-Londonderry from September 9-15. It’s big, it’s messy, it’s huge fun and it’s open to everyone – even if you don’t consider yourself very ‘digital’.

    - Click here to watch videos of all the session -

    Video & Photo links, Dates & Locations:

    –  Thursday, September 12th – The Craft Village
    Photos of Talkaoke at Craft Village

    –  Friday, September 13th – Waterloo Place
    Photos of Talkoake at Waterloo Place

    –  Saturday, September 14th – The Venue
    Photos of Talkaoke at The Venue

    Visit for more information on the festival.