Mixed media: I’m an Artist, I’m David Munns

Portrait of David Munns

David is a writer with great wit and insight, particularly interested in writing for radio.  He is also a commanding performer and a magician, and has performed his magic at a number of events including at club nights for Heart 'n' Soul and East London Dance, at a Connected Culture event, and at Unity Festival in Cardiff.  His latest piece of writing was in partnership with BBC Radio Drama, Morgan's Lake.  He also wrote Another Day, which featured in I'm an Artist, let me in! at the Roundhouse Studio Theatre on 25th May 2010 and toured to the New Diorama Theatre in October 2010.  You can listen to Another Day below.

Work Experience

  • Morgan's Lake, a radio play created in partnership with BBC Radio Drama, 2010

David has devised for and performed in the following productions:

David has been an Assistant Workshop Leader at the following venues:

  • Charlton School, Greenwich 2009
  • Unity disability arts festival, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 2008

Qualifications

  • Entry Level and Level One inc.Theatre skills course, accredited by OCN, completed 2008
  • Participated in Go inc to work, assisted employment programme for artists with learning disabilities, 2008-2010

If you are interested in working with David, and would like to find out more about his skills, availability and support needs, please call 0207 061 6454, or email Spare Tyre.

Video: Meet David Munns

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Transcript of video

[sound of running water]
[calm, spiritual music]
David: [clears throat] you’ve missed a bit


David: Hi, I’m David Munns.
My interest is mainly words, but I do like music as well. I like listening to music and I like using music in different ways in my, in whatever we do.


[harsh piano music]
[phones ringing]
David: The boss! The boss. The boss is at a loss!
His pie factory, is gathering moss
the credit squeeze, will give him ease
[laughs wickedly]


David: I’m a big fan of radio, especially radio comedy. Not so much radio drama, but radio comedy.
I would definitely want to continue with my writing, as well as performing, as an adjunct to performing.


David: Do you know just what it means, to rely too much upon machines?
One day without fear or fuss
Machines will soon be ruling us!


David [echoey voiceover]: One thing I know, is that, to a certain extent, I’ve always been uncertain. Uncertain about my life, uncertain about my art.
And I know that things can sometimes seem disjointed [sigh], or unrelated.
Uncertainty has always been one of my biggest worries.
Yes. I mean, all the options, and I’m not sure which one I’m going to choose.
 

Video: Being David Munns

Transcript of video

Narrator:
One thing I know, is that
to a certain extent, I’ve always been uncertain:
uncertain about my life,
uncertain about my art.
and I know that that things can sometimes seem
disjointed, or
unrelated.
Uncertainty has always been one of my biggest worries.

Yes……I mean all the options and
I‘m not sure which one I’m going to choose.
I may be one thing one minute.
Something else the next.
I won’t deny that there are certain ideas and ideals that I cling to. I always strive for neatness in things, but
I ‘m so untidy which is something my mother always worries about.
(big sigh)
As for me
I’m not sure…….if I should worry about it. It all seems a bit like..
…too much like hard work if you ask me.

I always try to create a sense of sp-a-ce.
That’s important to me, that is.
To get a feeling that
that it’s a place in which you belong.
I always think that, as an actor, a sense of place really sets a scene for a story.
I always think that
its best to be in the first person.
you know what I mean?
Well, as a writer I believe in the first person narrative.
I do! I honestly do!
Like say the stainless steel rat by Harry Harrison.
Although I’ve never had anything published.
That too worries me.
Uh
a problem
that I’ve never had uh a p-proper job also worries me.
But
I quite enjoy what I do.

A lot of people don’t understand uncertainty.
But I do,
um …to a certain extent.
The one thing that I’ve learnt about uncertainty is that it’s certainly not what you think it is.
And even when you have some construct of uncertainty
of what you think uncertainty is in your mind.
You find that that construct sometimes vanish
like the ball in the conjurors hand.
Confusion is something that conjurors use all the time. We call it misdirection.

Misdirection?

Any Direction.?

Thoughts are like radio.
Collage of ideas and imaginations in the mind.
far more powerful than a-anything telly can do.

Uncertainty.
That is at the root of everything.
All uncertainty began at the beginning.
And I think I’ve come to the end.
Or is it the beginning.
Round and round and round it goes. Where it stops….
I might as well ……
leave others to think about that.

Audio: Another Day

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Transcript of audio

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