Yearly Archives: 2020


Your voice is your greatest tool

The voice is an amazing instrument. It’s like a guitar. The larynx is the strings. Air, our breath, is the hitter. Our chest, throat and head are the body of the guitar, the resonator. We use our voice to produce wonderful sounds which entertain, engage, inspire and connect us to others.

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Where in the world are you?

Myself and fellow co-host, Trisha Lewis,  have been brainstorming  what it is to ‘brainstorm’ as well as to ‘network’ in order to get the content just right for our forthcoming MAKE IT REAL networking events (next one is 10 November). We’ve discussed prompts, themes, pain points and more excitingly – timings!!

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The power and benefit of sharing your story

I am a voice and presentation coach. I help people connect and communicate confidently.

A big part of that process is to help people understand their story and show them how they can use it to connect and engage an audience.

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What are your RE words?

What are your ‘RE’ words?

It occurred to me in early lockdown that ‘re’ words were relevant (👍🏼) to what we were all experiencing before, during and following isolation. So (and without using a dictionary) I decided to list a few. I stopped at 70!

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Poems in lockdown

During lockdown myself and the Theatreworks stalwarts continued to work and play via Zoom. Following on from our highly successful (:)) Five Minute Mystery (a radio play in vintage style) we chose to perform a selection of poetry, this time with visuals. Many thanks to Kathleen, Jilly and Marguerite. Enjoy!

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Creativity – FAQ

Can you be too creative?

No way…

I can draw. I can act, I can design an outfit, I can write (ish) – does that make me too creative or more creative than you? No…

Everybody is abundantly creative. We create life, relationships, homes, institutions, governments. Creativity is our natural state.

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Always look on the bright side

Atticus Arts and Scarf present Epic drama’s lockdown version of ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’.

We had such fun performing and recording this. We hope it shines a little ray of sunshine on those who have been shielding and socially isolating for the past 3 months.

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What is your BACK STORY and would you share it?

As an actor or director, the process of building a character involves finding their motivation. What is the subtext, their reason for being? A character’s back story is where you fill in the gaps. You read between the writer’s lines for clues to the characters past life. Where they were born, educated, family relationships, what experiences they had. Anything and everything that they went through to bring them to this point in their life.

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Your story is your USP

‘That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.’ Nietzsche

Very early on in my acting career I played a character named Doll. During the course of the play she and her boyfriend terrorise and humiliate a couple in their own home. Doll took great pleasure in exposing the hypocrisy of the couple’s relationship and she uses the Nietzsche quote, above, to end the play, satisfied that the trauma she has inflicted on them will make them stronger people (great fun to play!). Whether this is true or not what is certain is that their experience at the hands of Doll will become part of their story.

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A 5 minute mystery

Atticus Arts, in association with Theatreworks, present the premiere of this 5 minute mystery. Recorded during lockdown using Zoom (and a rookie editor!) Forest Arts Theatreworks students have created a short, but fun, murder mystery for your listening pleasure. Enjoy and share. Click on the link and have a listen.

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