End of Term 1, and the only way is up!

Today, we bade farewell to Sandra, wishing her joy and luck and much good humming and ah-ing in her new adventure in Sydney. Our final class before the Easter break, and there was a beautiful energy in the sounds that flowed through the room as we explored (h)ah-mm-ah, (h) ah-nnn-ah and  (h)ah-ng-ah on the floor and through our stretches as we worked our way back to standing, and sharing with full awareness. It was very clear, I think to all of us, just where the focus should be when we return on Sunday 30th, with some new class members, and that is keeping the great sounding body we discover in the warm up and taking that body into the text …

Left Brain : Right Brain

Here is a fascinating talk by a brain researcher, Jill Bolte Taylor, which has a wonderful description of the differences between left and right brain hemispheres, and their function, and ways of being.  This relates to our discussion of ‘self’ this afternoon in the Voice Class. Enjoy! http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229

The Value of Warming Up

The new Voice Class at QUT (Creative Industries) began yesterday, with a bunch of very committed young actors. We worked our way through the Mini-Mini vocal warm-up, addressing posture, the basics of the breathing process, and general principles of acting to be applied to every exercise we do – 1) be self-aware: get the ‘voice’ in your head to give you factual information, rather than a judgmental commentary 2) be open to being changed, to adjusting what you are doing, moment to moment 3) listen to yourself, and to each other 4) give of yourself, and you will have more to give 5) your individual creative contribution is never diminished, even when you become part of the collaboration We finished …

Hot stuff

Yes, it is indeed hot stuff from where I am sitting right now, with the fan blasting hot air into the hot space around me. 36 degrees Celcius, and rising, according to the weather bureau. But there is one good thing about sitting in an invisible ocean of hot air, and that is the conscious awareness of air as being something all pervasive in our lives. Usually we just take it for granted, never giving it a thought unless something interferes with our own personal supply. For actors, and singers, that often takes the form of a teacher or trainer asking you to ‘think about your breathing’. Immediately we do so, it all starts to go ‘pear-shaped’. Then the exercises …

A complex week!

This week is just amazing! I have had the experience of working with both new and experienced actors as a teacher, as a student, and as a fellow performer, and also working with some very experienced narrators for the Queensland Narrating Service (QNS). For your information, QNS is a volunteer service providing recorded readings for people whose vision is impaired. They are always looking for keen readers to assist, so if you are interested, check out their website: http://www.connectqld.org.au. Here is some feedback I received from one of the participant/narrators after the last workshop I did with them: “Advantages I have observed so far: Increased narration speed: by this I mean the time it takes to narrate correctly on to …