Voice into language and text
William Trotter's Work
My work on text (verse, classical, modern, contemporary) arises not only out of ten years tutoring in drama schools (see cv) but also my workshops at the Actors Centre, which have included sessions titled Finding the Character’s Voice, Multi-cultural Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Verse – finding the keys.
Classical and Contemporary Text
Some people have difficulties approaching playing classics because they feel the language as a sort of strait-jacket, interfering with their creativity and power of characterisation. However, if you look at the language as a set of keys, opening creative doors, then whole worlds open up, and you find in your speech the real energy that comes from the verbal extravagance and range of the text. And the extraordinary thing is how much this applies to contemporary text as well.
“The script of In Blood was heavy in imagery, and it was hard to work a text that had such richness of language. But you made me connect emotionally with it and use my voice in full power and range. I was able to have fun with the text and to free the voice to tell the story. The main thing really was that what we did was about allowing the words to have a life of their own and inform the actor, and allowing that to happen and not forcing it.” - Daon Broni
Daon Broni’s theatre includes:
Actors Centre members
“I have to say that our lesson was one of the most inspiring classes I’ve ever attended”
“Thank you for the wonderful class you gave at the Actor’s Centre a few weeks ago… It was truly the first time I have felt even remotely comfortable with Shakespeare, and I found your approach very liberating.”