Giving a Voice to Everyone: Where Would You Start?

Here’s something that has been bugging me for many years – in fact, it’s the reason I undertook to do a PhD on the subject of a theory of the voice. Given that most people have no idea how much their voices contribute to how they feel about themselves, and how they are perceived by others, where do we start to get ‘the word’ out there, and change this situation? Should we start in kindergarten, getting small children to play with sound creatively, and safely, in much the same way that they are encouraged to explore their developing bodies in the playground, and in sporting activities? That would require teachers who know how to do it. So do we start …

Back in Brisbane, Back in Action

It’s been quite a journey, from Phoenix to New Jersey to Seattle and thence back to Brisbane. I had a wonderful time with my family, getting to know the grandchildren all over again, meeting up with colleagues in New York, Seattle and LA. Now, it’s back to the beautiful sunshine of soon to be wintry Brisbane. Private lessons begin again next week, and I’ll be offering some workshops very soon for those of you who appreciate the opportunity to work in a group. Meantime, I’ve just set a discussion topic on my Facebook page, sparked off by an article by Christopher Hitchens here. Perhaps you’d prefer to add your comments right here, so here’s what I said: “He speaks openly …

Voice: body and breath

Yesterday, I went along to ASU with my friend and colleague Associate Professor Micha Espinosa, to attend her advanced voice class at ASU. What a joy!  With a mat, a small zafu and a small yellow ball, for two hours we rolled, relaxed, observed, breathed, voiced, observed, sighed, trembled, stretched and relaxed some more. This was Fitzmaurice Voicework par excellence, with Micha’s personal injection of joy and intensity.  Like most Fitzmaurice teachers, Micha incorporates and adapts exercises from other methodologies and invents her own as the need arises.  It was wonderful to allow myself to relax into student/performer mode, and indulge myself in the activities. The next class was a group of 20 undergraduate students, a beginners’ class, and unfortunately for …

Exploring Archetypes = Exploring Your Self

Yesterday’s workshop at ASU was intense, and fun . Ten participants, 6 hours of intensive work. We managed to explore 5 archetypes – Hero, Huntress, Child, Fool and Maiden. I work with the Archetypes as devised by John Wright for mask training. John uses masks to engender movement qualities, extending the performer’s physical vocabulary. As one of the participants pointed out yesterday, you find yourself moving in ways you would never normally think you could. Frankie Armstrong has also worked with John, developing the Voices of the Archetypes (There is an audio cassette available, with Frankie and John working together, but I can’t find it online. Worth hunting for). Frankie utilises story-telling and especially motifs from mythology to create imagined …

Acting Workshop in Phoenix – Voice and the Archetypes

I arrived in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, after a 12 hour flight with Qantas and a one hour flight with South West Airlines.  Essentially, I am here with my theatre company, Thunder’s Mouth Theatre, to perform my show The Fall of June Bloom (or What You Will) for the Phoenix Fringe Festival, however there are some other fringe benefits to this trip as well. (This Fringe has a Fringe!) For one thing, we are performing first at Estrella Mountain Community College, as part of the Arizona Women’s History Month celebrations.  We haven’t been mentioned on the website, I’ll get that attended to asap!  Our show takes place at 10.00 am on Thursday 24th March, in the Plaza Gallery, just before …