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Dearest Haley presents

Let’s Create NOT Apply: Why won’t you talk to me?

Wednesday 14th August 2024

Cafe / Bar open:                11:00

Event Begins:                     18:00

Tickets:                               Pay What You Feel

Running Time:                   Approx. 60mins (including an interval)

Age Rec:                               16+

Covid-19 Policy: We are no longer operating social distancing, and face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory–our policy is reviewed fortnightly.

Silence is golden, right? Join Haley as they share tales of an AI that will do everything- besides talk to you.  

Humanity has done it- everyone's redundant. All work has been outsourced to Quiet AI, a sentient artificial intelligence designed to get on with tasks 'in the background'- no human intervention required. Join Haley as they share poetry about the residents of this world in this speculative fiction spoken word night.


About the artist: Haley is a spoken word poet and artist focused on just one thing: helping people share what they care about. When the chance to create a show came up with Let’s Create NOT Apply, they knew this opportunity could not be missed. Inspired by the rise of AI and the outcry it has generated, Haley seeks to channel those feelings into a narrative that will have the audience questioning how much we really want AI to be involved with our lives. You can find out more, as well as Haley’s other work, at


About Let’s Create not Apply: Let’s Create, Not Apply! is a much-needed platform for artists to perform – in today’s climate the life of a creative is all too often spent filling out applications and pitches instead of creating. Applying and waiting is a way of life for freelancers, and it needs to change! This is a Festival for artists to CREATE instead of battling through the red tape of applications and funding. A defiant shout against lack of creative opportunities and support in the arts. An opportunity to be a part of something wonderful and all too rare – a stage supported by community, not bids. This isn’t a march against trusts and funders (please don’t blacklist Alphabetti!) – it’s an open arm call to local talent to support and nurture creatives.


Why “Joyful Punk”? After 12 years at the helm, Alphabetti’s founder and Artistic Director Ali Pritchard is departing. His final season at Alphabetti Theatre, “Joyful Punk”, will begin in August 2024 and run until the end of 2024. Punk symbolizes profound self-expression, boundless creativity, and a courageous defiance of societal norms. Punk has re-emerged as a powerful platform for social activism, embodying the belief that art holds the potential to reshape the world. Punk has evolved into a beacon for positive social and cultural transformation. And why joyful? Well, we could all use a bit of joy in the world right now, and Alphabetti is ready to bring it… So, despite our weariness and disillusionment with the current state of society, we refuse to merely lament. Instead, let's defiantly raise our voices and embark on a mission to instigate positive change – fuelled by joy, laughter, art, and community. This is Ali’s rallying goodbye.


How does this event fit into the theme of Joyful Punk? Right now, we live in a time where everyone has something to be fearful about. Telling any story about the future that doesn’t fall into wrack and ruin is inherently hopeful, which we should all strive to feel. The world has so much more to give than profit margins and ‘progress’, and writing a world where those needs have been unburdened from us makes it possible to experience it.

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