Voice is Physical

I’ve been having a lot of really challenging, and incredibly productive discussions lately with friends and colleagues, about what the voice is, how it is, why it is, and how I work with it, both as a teacher and as a performer. In this little clip of students playing with ‘material essences’ they are exploring different movement qualities, the experience of moving in unaccustomed ways, and the effect that the physical movement qualities have on the voice itself, as it speaks.

Preparing a Monologue

Now that you’ve chosen a monologue to work with, here are some thoughts and ideas about how to begin to approach the text. Start by thinking about, and acknowledging where you want to end up – sounding as if you know what you are talking about – sounding as if you are the character who actually speaks those specific words because they express what the character needs to say at that moment. Rather than trying to ‘do acting’ at the beginning, begin by getting familiar with the actual words, by taking the time to say those words clearly, honestly and specifically. I’ve chosen a short passage from Romeo and Juliet, but the same principle applies to contemporary text, to ALL …

Choosing a Monologue – the Podcast

At last, I think I have figured out the system!  If you’d like to hear, rather than read, the blog on Choosing a Monologue, here it is: Now, if you want to hear The Master talking about film acting, and giving some absolutely fantastic tips, here is Michael Caine being interviewed for The Film Programme, BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00k01ny

Choosing a Monologue

I’ve prepared my first podcast, however, I can’t – as yet – figure out how to get it up onto the site. So, here is the gist: Choosing monologues to perform for an audition is a bit like choosing a meal at a Chinese Restaurant.  When there are so many monologues to choose from, and you have no idea where to start, it can be a daunting prospect. So, here are some basic rules to get you started: 1 – choose playwrights you admire and respect.  It is much more satisfying to work with good quality writing, and your auditioner will appreciate your good taste as well. 2 – for a general audition, or an audition for an acting school, …