Day 1: Linklater Voice Workshop
This workshop gives a practical, experiential overview of the voice work for actors known as Freeing The Natural Voice. It is open to anyone at any level and the exercises will be adapted to suit the needs of the group.
The overall function of the work is to remove the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human vocal instrument.
The objective of the work is a voice in direct contact with emotional impulse, shaped by the intellect but not restricted by it.
Kristin Linklater is a world-renowned teacher of voice production who has pursued a highly successful academic and theatrical career in the United States and Europe for the past fifty years. She is one of the most recognised names in the field of voice production for actors having published two leading textbooks: Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language (1976; revised edition 2006) Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice: The Actor’s Guide to Talking the Text (1992).
She is in great demand as a public speaker and workshop leader, and throughout her working life has covered conferences and training events in the USA, Germany, Italy, Russia, Poland, Belgium, Australia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Mexico, Taiwan, Shanghai, Norway, Latvia and Lithuania.
In 2013 Kristin retired from Columbia as Professor Emerita and returned to her native Orkney wherein 2017 she was proud to be made an Honorary Fellow of the University of the Highlands and Islands. In 2014 the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre opened its doors to a fully residential voice retreat centre offering a variety of voice and text courses throughout the year.
Day 2: Sensing Laban
The workshop will explore a somatic approach to learning the dynamics of your own body and move towards full expression of the body in acting. Participants will also be introduced to the vocabulary of movement devised by Rudolf Laban including principles of Space, Harmony and Efforts.
The aim is to develop enhanced expressivity and specificity in the acting body through the exploration of movement observation, analysis and embodiment…and to play!
Sue Mythen (Head of Movement at The Lir Academy)
Sue worked as an actor and physical performer for many years prior to completing an MA Movement for Actors at Central School of Speech & Drama, London. Since then she has worked as a freelance Movement Director and teacher.
Recent movement direction work Movement Direction of The White Devil at Shakespeare's Globe and at The Abbey Theatre; Oedipus, The Shadow of a Gunman, Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night, The Plough & the Stars, Heartbreak House, 16 Possible Glimpses, The House, The Rivals, Pygmalion and Major Barbara. Sue’s work for Anu Productions includes Sunder, Pals and Angel Meadow.
Other recent work includes Displaced at The Montreal Fringe Festival, Elektra for Canadian Opera Company, Semele for RIAM, Dead Man Walking for Opera Ireland at the Gaiety Theatre, Richard II at Smock Alley and Coraline for Puca Puppets and Devotion, Last Call and Jumping on my Shadow for TEAM Theatre Co.
Her work in the UK includes Not I, Timon of Athens, Electra, A Devilish Exercise and Chelsea Valentine and choreography for Northanger Abbey (ITV/Diplomat films). Sue is Head of Movement at The Lir Academy and teaches at Trinity College Dublin and she has also taught at RADA.
£200 for the weekend including the networking evening