Inset Day - Music video project


As part of my ‘Mark Can’t Rap’ project I wrote a track all about the realities of school ‘Inset’ days. Several artists I’ve interviewed during the podcast had talked at length about the power of rap to shed light on environments that people don’t normally go into/that aren’t represented within our mainstream media channels.

In the end the most honest environment I felt I could shed light on was my own school environment when I’ve come in for a training day. If you’re a teacher I hope you see some truth reflected in it - and if you’re not then I just hope you really enjoy it. Apologies in advance for the shot of my nipples!

The track and video were a lot of fun to make. My mate Jay did an incredible job directing it and we had so much help from teachers, artists and long-suffering friends in Peterborough. Huge shout out to Sawtry Village College and CMAT for letting us film at Sawtry and to The Arts Council for funding this whole project. If you were part of the big day then thanks so much for everything you did.

And if you’re a teacher about to head in for an Inset Day then you have my love and solidarity. You’ve got this!


Written and performed by Mark Grist

Track produced by Juxta

Directed by Jay Gearing

Casting by Tom Fox

Choreography by Kate Marsh

Sound assistance/runner: Eva Woods

Cast: Robbie Logue, Lisa Nesbitt, Suzanne Tuck, Jason Webb, Becky Owen-Fisher, Richard Parnwell, Gabe Manthorp, Lucy Wilsher-Grist, Robert Harding, Alex Tyler, Andrew Lea, Rachael Lea, Poppy Ould, Lee Mason, Ed Brandon, Mena, Pete Cox, Alan Wood, Tom Fox.

Many thanks to CMAT and Sawtry Village College for allowing us to film on site.

This project was funded by Arts Council England and is part of 'Mark Can't Rap', a podcast series and live show where I look into the complexity and culture of writing rap lyrics & ask why we don’t take this form of writing more seriously in schools.