The Poel Event 2010, 17th September, National Theatre, London
The day focussed on working for audible, comprehensible and believable speech in plays from the English classical repertoire. Open to actors and directors, in their first 10 years of work, who are interested in working with heighted language and engaging effectively with an audience.
The day was divided into four free 90-minute workshop sessions and each was conducted by a leading theatre practitioner.
The workshop sessions provided the participants with an opportunity to work on technical voice, vocal technique and audible communication while considering narrative, language, characterisation, and relationships.
Participants were given the opportunity to prepare and interpret selected speeches and scenes and the final workshop took place in the Olivier auditorium after which notes and feedback were offered.
The STR organises this event in celebration of the pioneering work, at the start of the twentieth century, of actor-director William Poel, in reforming the staging of Shakespearian and early English drama, in exploring the lucidity of production afforded by the Elizabethan playhouse and in his application of a musical sensitivity to the actor's speech to fully engage the audience.
23rd September 2010