The Art of Editing

Last week, I finally finished editing my thesis document, and emailed it to my supervisors for their approval (or disapproval…)  I’m sure it can still be improved upon, and I will accept their comments and suggestions with good will, but I am very very happy to have arrived at this stage – for the time being.  After a busy weekend that included making a professional showreel, attending two performances and running a full day workshop introducing a class of acting students to the joys of voice and speech work, I found myself with that lost feeling that I should BE somewhere… or BE DOING something…  What was that thing I kept putting off till I’d finished with the thesis?  Oh …

Warming up for an Execution

I have the great honour of being, temporarily, part of an ensemble theatre company for a pretty special production. “Mary Stuart” was written by the German poet, playwright and philosopher Friedrich Schiller around 1803, and while it is considered part of German classic theatre, it is rarely performed in English. Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble have chosen to present this play with a very specific, brief rehearsal schedule. Two rehearsals a week, over three weeks, followed by 2 techs, and then four performances.  This is something you can only do (well!) when you work with a team who have developed a shared vocabulary, shared ideology and shared aesthetic. In this case, the entire company apart from myself have been working together for …

Adventures in Voice

Today is my last day in the US.  It’s been quite a trip, and though I will miss my family, and my friends over here, I’ll be glad to get back to Brisbane and settle down for a few months. The Knight-Thompson Speech and Accent training was so rich and full, I need time to process it, and practise at integrating it into my own work, both teaching and performing.  I’m very keen to try it out with colleagues, so if you would like to join me for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon sometime soon, I’d be delighted to share my progress with you.  Don’t be put off by the technical looking diagram at the side here, it’s …

Some Questions Frequently Asked

Did you know, if you register with Being in Voice, you get to ask me a question, any question at all relating to the voice and I will respond by email within 24 hours. You also receive a free copy of the eBook “Four Great Vocal Warmups”. In the past few weeks, I’ve had enquiries from people in China, India, Nigeria, Canada, Ghana, Austria and Australia, from Boston, Dublin, Hooglanderveen, The Netherlands, and more.  Here are a few, with my answers: Question: What are the top 3 problems you encounter with your voice? First, is waking it up, so that it runs smoothly throughout the day.  As I age, I need to do this more, and fortunately it’s something I …

Knight-Thompson Speechworks Rocks My World

Two weeks training in Knight-Thompson Speech and Accents was intense, challenging and unbelievably satisfying. I feel like a newly repotted plant, a bit wobbly above ground, checking out how much room my roots now have to spread out into, and seeing the world from a whole new perspective – albeit one with a familiar quality and a recognisable contour. The training is deeply practical and intellectually demanding, and I love that combination.  It’s all about awareness, in that you must give your full attention to what is actually happening inside your body, how it moves and is moved by your breath, your thoughts, your needs or desires. That, as such, is what I’ve been working on for many years. The …