When an actor connects deeply with their breath, voice and the text, a moment of performance magic occurs. The thinking, feeling voice emerges with a profound richness of resonance, emotional connection and meaning which instantly echo in the hearts and minds of the audience. There is a sense of truth and clarity of the text and authenticity of the person. New, richer harmonics spring to life in the voice, as does a moving mixture of presence and vulnerability.
The theme of this voice workshop will be reconnecting with one’s breath, further developing resonance, and exploring the profound connection between breath, voice, thought and self. It will focus on centering the breath more deeply, exploring sound in the body, and building the kinaesthetic relationship between vocal presence, clarity of thought and ownership of the text. The aim will be for participants to experience increased vocal freedom and resonance, and engage with a deeper, simpler connection to the spoken word.
Participants will be required to have learnt either a Shakespeare sonnet or a monologue (modern, classic or Shakespeare) no longer than 1.5 minutes in duration. The text, while learnt, should still have a freshness for the participant. A legible hard copy of the text should be brought to the workshop.
When: Thursday 10 August 2017, 10am – 5pm (including one hour lunch break)
Where: The Blue Room Theatre
Who should attend: This workshop is for members of The Blue Room Theatre within the first five years of their practice
How much: Free!
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Joanna Weir Ouston is a voice and text coach of international repute. She is Head of Voice at the Oxford School of Drama, a permanent guest lecturer on the MA in Voice Studies program at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and for many years taught the Actor Training course at Central and also at Florida State University London. A Designated Linklater teacher since 1991, Joanna has taught voice and text for over thirty years in the UK, Australia, Europe and the USA, and has worked as a voice coach on productions in West End theatres, at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and regional theatres in the UK and USA. She also works as a director, and is regularly invited to lead workshops and speak at conferences in the UK and internationally. She contributed a chapter called The Breathing Mind, The Feeling Voice to Breath In Action, published in 2009.
Joanna is in Australia as a visiting International Master Trainer to run workshops and classes for the WAAPA Acting Students.
This workshop is presented with thanks to The Blue Room Theatre’s Professional Development Partner The Minderoo Foundation.