Text and voice

Hamlet 2008 - Rehearsal scrapbook - Voice workshop led by Lyn Darnley. Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC

Extract from the Rehearsal Scrapbook in the 2008 production programme:

All productions have the support of text and voice coaches. In rehearsal we work on the language by exploring the dynamics of sound and rhythm and provide opportunities for actors to approach the text in a physical and visceral way.

We also assist actors in their quest to build vocal and breathing stamina, flexibility and muscularity as well as to make connections between text, voice and character. This entails work on the body as well as the voice and a movement practitioner has worked with us on Hamlet.

Text, voice and movement coaches also work on the understudy roles, offering actors the time and space to 'play' with the text and organically develop their performances.

Voice and movement warm-ups take place before every performance and these help actors prepare their voices and bodies and focus their minds.

Written by Lyn Darnley, Head of Text, Voice and Artist Development
Photograph by Ellie Kurttz shows voice workshop led by Lyn Darnley © RSC

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