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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    The People Film

    The People Film

    Documentation is an always an overt and integral part of our events. We also have a long history of filming, photographing and editing performances, talks, exhibitions and workshops, from vox pops on the streets of Hornchurch to filming a 24 hour performance marathon at The Serpentine Gallery. Through our work on facilitation and Talkaoke, we […]

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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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    The Slice is Right

    The Slice is Right

    The Slice is Right The Slice is Right is a generative game show that has emerged from many years of practice in exploring the how collective imagination informs our structures of group decision making. It stems from a desire to escape the political theory textbooks and practically compare and experience different methods of decision making […]

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    Wick Speaks, The Tour!

    Hackney Wick tells its own story

    Wick Speaks! is a new project bringing together a range of Hackney Wick residents to create the Tour of the area through their eyes.

    The People Speak is collaborating with long-time local guide Hackney Tours to celebrate the diversity of the Wick and imagine the future of this unique and ever-changing place.

    On Sun 27 Sep we will bring Talkaoke – our live talk show – to the streets of Hackney Wick. Combining our socially distant live and online approach, we invite participants to join the conversation about the Wick, share their personal stories both past and present, and create the Wick Speaks! Tour of the area.

    The Tour, led by Hackney Tours and some of the local residents, will be launched on Sat 17 Oct.

    Read a full press release about Wick Speaks! Tour here <link coming soon>

    Hackney Tours is an ongoing experiment in sustainable socially-minded travel & tourism. Founder Simon Cole shares plane-free wonder on our doorstep with hyper-local ‘slow travel’ walks. They connect the area’s radical campaigning history to its contemporary arts and activist culture, asking what future East London we want


    The People Speak is a collective of international arts practitioners based in East London, founded 23 years ago. We use performance art, multi-media and technology to stimulate discussion, generate ideas, and inform decision making in the public and cultural sphere through fun, interactive format in the UK and globally. Talkaoke is a live, television-style talk show popping out at festivals, clubs, galleries, conferences, on the street and online


    Wick Speaks! is funded by Wick Together – the Mayor of London’s Creative Enterprise Zone, and will enable us to employ and upskill some E9 freelancers who had been hit by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


    Wick Together funded through the Mayor of London’s Creative Enterprise Zone programme and managed jointly by Hackney Council, Tower Hamlets Council and the London Legacy Development Corporation – will upskill the local creative community to deliver training and courses that improve social cohesion, support local businesses and help residents develop creative skills


    Read about other projects awarded the Mayor of London’s Creative Enterprise Zone funding here


    Get outside your echo chamber!

    Last month our doughnut shaped Talkaoke table made its first appearance on the Aberfeldy concrete since the lockdown! Watch the highlights here and save the date for Aberfeldy Live! Talkaoke #4 (Thu 27 Sep).

    We had a lot of fun with our new online format Design Your Own Job at East Summer School bringing 12-17 yo East Londoners and our favourite Innovators & Creatives together. We talked about future jobs such as Professional Hugger or Computer Game Therapist and the skills these roles require. We also discussed job shame and family pressure affecting career choices. Check out the highlights including Rick’s visualisations here

    What will fundraising look like in the future? In our ongoing collaboration with Institute of Fundraising we came up with a few scenarios featuring Haagen Dazs philanthropy, a fleeting visit from a middle aged Greta Thunberg and… find out for yourselves here.
    Watch this space for more Autumn dates.


    Our ‘Nerve Centre’ in Aberfeldy Street got a revamp, which caught the attention of the Daily Mail. The brand new sign above our door awakened the curiosity of a number of new visitors. We love people dropping by for a chat !

    Rich Mix published a fantastic blog summarising our online collaboration around the theme of the arts and community. Next Sunday (23 Sep) we’ll be speaking to people in Poplar’s Bartlett Park about how their local arts centre Poplar Union can support them through this time. Join us for Poplar Union Live!

    It’s not just about people speaking. This autumn we’re teaming up with The Listening Arts Channel from We’re All Bats for a series of online Take Back Control Talkaokes about Patriotism, Identity Politics and Living with Risk. And there’s a chance to get involved so scroll down.

    Meanwhile in Lancashire our long standing partner In Situ has been working with Mikey on upskilling in the art of online facilitation and socially distant Vox Pops. They have been busy keeping their community connected despite the local lockdown.
    If you’re interested in training in our hybrid formats – drop us a line. 

    Aberfeldy Live! Talkaoke

    We’d love to invite you to join the conversation rooted in East London and how we response to COVID emergency. It’s also a chance to (re)connect with the community. Last month we talked about:

    * Takeover of parks and public spaces post-COVID?
    * Is pub culture over?
    * When will it end?
    * What’s ‘new normal’?

    .. But the conversation can go anywhere!

    Join us on Zoom and on Facebook livestream!

    ✅ THU 28 MAY, 7-9:30PM (pop in anytime)

    ✅ THU 25 JUNE, 7-9:30PM (pop in anytime)
    Register: Coming soon

    ✅ THU 30 JULY, 7-9:30PM (pop in anytime)
    Register: Coming soon

    See you there!

    Coming over to yours!

    Informal is the new normal!!

    Here at The People Speak we love people. We like to be in the same room as them, imagining and creating a new reality together. The Covid emergency has taken that away from us and we miss it badly. We are striving hard to recreate that feeling in the virtual realm- with some success! These days there are only screens around the Talkaoke table with Rick’s visuals superimposed behind! I really want to see you on the screens around me. I’m reaching out to all you friends and accomplices we have met over the years. Now is the time to get back touch. The advantage of our online sessions is that it doesn’t matter where you are in the world.

    Check out our Facebook, Twitter, Insta or YouTube pages. We are holding regular Talkaoke sessions with a range of different institutions; Rich Mix, Norwood Library, Tommy Flowers Pub, Bethlem Gallery, InSitu arts! You can also take a look at our website or Flickr page to see where we are up to.

    We are developing the technology quickly and aspiring to use a multi platform approach where we form the connections between different platforms; phone, WhatsApp, Zoom, Jitsi, carrier pigeon! Watch this space!

    Looking forward to seeing you online!

    Talkaoke: Independence Day Special

    On 4th July 2019, to celebrate Independence Day, Talkaoke held a special event outside our studio on Aberfeldy Street, Poplar. Click here to see all the photos from the day.