In 2019, Apples and Snakes presented the country’s first programme designed to develop the presentation of spoken word poetry in theatre: Poetic Theatre Makers, a twelve-week workshop series, was led by theatre makers Chris Thorpe and Somalia Seaton.

The artists creating work as part of Poetic Theatre Makers 2019 were:
Adaya Henry, Casey Bailey, Jasmine Gardosi, Chris McLoughlin, Sujana Upadhyay and Lanaire Aderemi.

Run in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and partners including the Royal Court, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Nottingham Playhouse. The course culminated in a final showcase performed at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre.