Vocal Function Handout

My apologies to all those who tried to download the Vocal Function Exercises handout – I completely forgot that I was revising it, and hadn’t actually uploaded it. But it’s there now, fresh as a daisy, you are welcome and I hope you do them EVERY DAY! Oh alright, every second day then… Happy sounding!

The Nature of Presence

Presence is that wonderful quality we so admire in great performers. It exerts a powerful attraction over us, keeps us attentive and engaged in their company, Presence is the act of being actively and completely present, mindfully aware of where you are and why you are there, conscious of your surroundings, both real and imagined. That means being present in the body, in the mind, in the heart – and in the voice. Presence resides in the body, as the first impulse to express yourself necessitates the presence of breath, the activation of the vocal instrument, and access to the conventions of language. Or maybe not! Perhaps an unregulated, non-conventional, non-linguistic sound is all that is required: a gasp, a …

The Sound of Quality

How do you describe a performance that absolutely rocks?  The kind that picks you up by the scruff of the neck from the moment the performers appear before you, and keeps you engaged till the bows at the end?  They don’t come around all that often, so you won’t find any University courses that only ask you to deal with performances of this calibre.  Whether you are studying Theatre Studies, or Performance Studies,  when they send you out to attend theatre performances so that you can analyse them, you won’t be asked to write assignments accounting for the over-arching strategies that resulted in such fine work.  You’ll be asked to comment on different elements – for example, the lighting, the …

runaway train…

My apologies, I have been out of blog-mode for quite some time now. That’s what happens when life and work take over – not unlike a runaway train whizzing down hills and around mountains, expecting to find an uphill slope round every corner that will slow it down. Instead, there were a couple of bridges down as we approached, which we managed to leap across, jolted but essentially undamaged. To explain – we had to postpone our production of The Fall of June Bloom till July, (June in July, has quite a nice ring to it!) due to unforeseen circumstances. So, I’ve been concentrating on the other production I have been involved with, Brave New World Order: a serious rock …