Category: Voice and Text

  • Tools for iPhone-Toting Actors

    When the first generation iPod came out in 2001, I immediately saw its potential as a tool for learning in Higher Ed, and especially in my field, theatre. I was one of the first, via a loaner from AUC (Apple University Consortium in Australia) to take it for a test drive and report on the […]

  • Life snippets: a collector’s tale

    I’ve been collecting snippets of my life for years. I guess I am a confirmed diarist at heart, although the collection process is random and not nearly as organised as it might be. I’ve had a camera since I was 11 years old – a Box Brownie as I recall – and have been collecting […]

  • Accent or Dialect?

    An interesting blog post on OurBrisbane.com today – it’s a performing arts blog run by Brisbane playwright Katherine Lyall-Watson – caught my attention.  It had me reaching for the keyboard; it was about one of my favourite topics, something I’ve been dealing with for years – voice training, specifically dialect and accent work for performance.  […]

  • Audioboo – who?

    It was a pleasure to speak this morning on ABC Radio 612 Brisbane to Spencer Howson. He’d undoubtedly been up and about at some ungodly hour – in the way breakfast hosts usually are.  My interview, scheduled for 6.40am got me out of bed a little earlier than I had anticipated … but how could […]

  • Another great tip on speaking Shakespeare

    I came across John Clancy‘s blog yesterday via a recommendation from an actor acquaintance. Scrappy Jack’s World-Wide Theatricals and Dime Museum – how could I resist – is a treasure trove of stuff, witty, well-written and full of wise saws and observations. John’s post Making Shakespeare Dull is a beauty. Here’s an extract, but please […]

  • Working on text – the early phase of rehearsal

    Upfront – this is an out of the archive post reworked a year or so on. If you’re a regular here you may have already read my rehearsal and performance blog posts for the Empire Theatre’s 2008 production of Cabaret directed by Lewis Jones.  I played the role of Fraulein Schneider. You can find these […]