Oh WOW..!

The next House of Verse on Sat March 17th at the 2Funky Music Cafe is officially…


We thought we’d compile an underwater feast of themed finspiration for you to gobble up with your gills and get those brainy barnacles of yours oxygenated! This blog is full of ideas for costumes, games, small talk, sea-based spirit animals, aquatic faux pas… and much more!

(for full effect, feel free to play this relaxing oceanic browsing music)


Fisht off… Costume!

Woah there cool dude, just swimming my own business here

Why not take things one step further and terrify your aquatic compadres with this underwater equivalent of a Halloween costume?

You can go full paper Mâche fantasea of course… but be careful not to take a dip! These costumes may look the party but come into contact with water and you’ll come out looking like a blob fish!

If in doubt, P.Y.U (Pimp Your Umbrella) and set your stingers to stun with this fine look (with the added bonus of not having to talk to anyone you don’t want to talk to).

Now let’s learn the lingo!

Sure you may LOOK like a fish, but can you SOUND like a fish?
Pick up all the hottest tropical catch phrases, pick up lines and icebreakers with our handy pocket guise below!


Why did the vegan go deep-sea fishing?
Just for the halibut!
How do you make an Octupus laugh?
With ten-tickles!
What is the best way to communicate with a fish?
Drop it a line!
Did you hear about the crab that went to the seafood disco?
He pulled a muscle!
What is the best way to communicate with a fish?
Drop it a line!

Pick up lines:

A shark just ate my partner. Will you be my new one?
There are plenty of fish in the sea, but I see you with me!
Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I float by again?
I’m hooked on you!

And if in doubt; FISH DANCE!

Now you’re looking and sounding like fish!
Lets dig deep and learn about life underwater:


Wasn’t that fascinating! You’re nearly 100% fish, now all you have to do is take a gander at our fish-based quizzes below and find out what school you belong in!

Quiz time!

What is your soul fish?

Which ocean are you?

Which beach are you?

Congratulations lil sealife!

You’ve made it through our guide to all things ocean! By now you should look fishy, sound like the ocean, know all the tips and tricks to marine life AND have your personal fish, ocean and beach identities to play with. SO… now it’s time to put this knowledge into action and PREPARE TO DIVE DEEP on March 17th!

We’ll see you there along with a whole beach full of amazing live acts to feast your fisheyes on!


Housemate Tuesdays: Joey Mottershead

Housemate Tuesdays: Joey Mottershead

Who are you?

Joey Mottershead, 23 years on the planet so far, Island creature, congregates around the middle.

What is your art?

Making movements to heal the body/mind. Assembling words to calm the soul. Digital work is also fun. Soon I plan to make music (when I’m good and ready).

What’s coming up for you?

I am making a show called ‘Dirty Rebirth’ with dance artist Scarlett Turner of Fuelled Dance Theatre. We are exploring what it means to live with a personality disorder; attempting to find a melody in the tune of selfcare. It will premier at the Attenborough Arts Centre in June; please come and feel with us.

I am trying to figure out how to express trauma in as many ways as possible, I think this is one.

I made a film once to do the same thing, you can see it below.

I am also trying to create a new poem every day until I stop. The evidence of this can be found on Instagram (if you’re the type to want words all the time check it out).

Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: hausofyosef


Housemate Tuesdays: Carise Zangerle Murray

Housemate Tuesdays: Carise Zangerle Murray

Who are you?

Carise Zangerle Murray is a half Argentinian half English one. Queer and creative.

What is your art?

Visual artist including painting and illustrations. Musically it’s all about the rhythm with the melody. Hang drum perfectly satisfies this for me. I love to explore digital, mixed sounds.

What’s coming up for you?

I have just created a Mind Mural for Destress Fest at the Attenborough Arts Centre. Go and see it for yourself along with all the other wonderful stress-relieving exhibits!

I am also a Project Artist for Emerge as Mythm; working with school children to create a festival inspired by Shakespeare.

Instagram: @folha_ame

MmM by Danni Spooner

MmM by Danni Spooner

where do performance ideas come from? where to start?

like most things in life, i cannot answer this in full. and i cannot answer it in short. so, what i will do is grab some coffee and attempt to give you some kind of insight into how the fuck to make work.

the sun, the leaves, the mind, the caterpillars, the winding endeavours of your parents DNA that you hold in your fingertips are all places where performance ideas can come from. they are also starting places. one thing that is also certain about these is that they are all big. massive. these things are all such big ideas and starting places that you are going to need a tip.

think of any of your initial ideas as THE MAXIMUM.

yep. they are the maximum because they are large. they are weighty and hold a lot of information already. information that you may not be aware of yet. information that needs to be delved into, explored, judged, made opinions of, let go, sieved, refined, redefined in your mind and then plop wow you’re at stage two of the tip.

so basically, stage one of the tip is a realisation. a realisation that your initial idea is THE MAXIMUM. because it’s massive. you couldn’t possibly start with such a massive idea. it needs to be simmered down, taken off the excitement overload boil and you need to take your favourite singular piece of rice out of the idea water and name it THE MINIMUM. that’s next. choosing your minimum.

THE MINIMUM is a specific and special aspect of your initial idea.

an example of this may be:

1. i want to look into technology
(has the realisation that technology as an idea is a MAXIMUM since technology as a subject area and idea is very large)
2. i want to focus on how people behave with the cameras in their mobile devices.
(for some reason this is your special focus and therefore your MINIMUM)

so your minimum is the piece of rice you take out of your idea water and all the other pieces of rice are other minimums that you are deciding to ignore because you just really love your chosen piece of rice.

getting to the minimum may be hard. it takes research, it takes enough guts to actually choose something and say “OKAY THIS IS THE ONE”. and once you’ve said such mighty fine words (words that i’m now going to refer to as the ‘call into making art work battle words’) you want to delve into your minimum and find another maximum.

this ‘another maximum’ is not the same maximum that you started off with though, so don’t be fooled or confused or even put off of by this tip. the second maximum comes from your MINIMUM. the second maximum is what you discover is inside your minimum. it’s the exploration of your minimum. it’s what you find out, it’s further research, it’s your process within your minimum, your relationship with it, you know.

finding this second MAXIMUM is a journey. you’ve chosen your piece of special rice and you’re going to put it under a microscope and find that it’s made up of many things. maybe you will enjoy this inspection. maybe you’ll regret choosing such a piece of rice and want to dive back into the idea water to choose another piece. but do not! keep with it! and if you’re enjoying it; good for you.

so to summarise, i guess, here’s the previous example developed:

1. i want to look into technology
(has the realisation that technology as an idea is a MAXIMUM since technology as a subject area and idea is very large)
2. i want to focus on how people behave with the cameras in their mobile devices.
(for some reason this is your special focus and therefore your MINIMUM)
3. my focus on ‘how people behave with the cameras in their mobile devices’ and I are going through a process. we’re learning. we’re discovering. and I’m going to use this well refined focus to create work (another MAXIMUM)

I hope some, if any, of that made sense to you. But, basically, MAXIMUM > MINIMUM > MAXIMUM.

It’s like that idea that we all have a universe inside of us, yet we do not realise the universe inside of others. just ourselves. or something like that.
your ideas are the same.
little rice universes. with galaxies inside.