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Games for Classical and Contemporary Text

This fun and practical full-day workshop delves into language, using rehearsal room games and exercises to breathe life into a writer’s words. The sheer number of theatrical periods - Greek, Elizabethan, Jacobean, Restoration, Realism and more - can make text seem daunting at times: how should we approach all these wildly different styles? This workshop looks at the deep linguistic similarities between plays regardless of their style in order to equip participants with tools to approach any kind of text. Working on extracts from plays by both classical and contemporary writers, you will use solo, paired and group exercises drawn from voice, movement and acting to discover the structures, techniques and styles used by all writers, from Shakespeare to Shaw to Sam Holcroft. Suitable for actors, directors, teachers and anyone who wants to dig deeper into text work. Please wear comfortable clothes suitable for movement.

Workshop Leader:

Cathleen McCarron

cathleen mccarronCathleen McCarron is a voice, text and dialect specialist. She is currently full-time Senior Voice and Text Practitioner with the Royal Shakespeare Company and prior to this was an in-house voice coach at London's National Theatre. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Cathleen studied politics at Edinburgh University before training in acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and for ten years worked extensively as an actress, across theatre, film, television and radio.

Her lifelong interest in voice and storytelling eventually led Cathleen to the renowned MA Voice Studies course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, from which she graduated with Distinction in 2010. Since then, she has coached voice, text and dialect in numerous drama schools and theatres across the UK and in Europe and has a particular passion for enabling and empowering actors to work with their own voices and accents.

Cathleen is also a regular narrator of audiobooks and has received a number of national and international awards and nominations for her work in this field.

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Date and Time:

Saturday 30th November, 10am-5pm.




This workshop is open to anyone who has an interest in the work and if you would like to attend either of these sessions, but you are unable to meet the full cost of the fees for any reason, then please contact Gary Horner to discuss further.


If you have any questions or accessibility needs then please contact Gary Horner to discuss in more detail.


Gary Horner – Chair of the Nothern Centre for Voice and Movement – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.