I’ve just been catching up with Alistair McGowan on Radio 4’s Chain Reaction. Aside from the expected entertainment value, he struck me as being someone of great insight. This came through particularly in his descriptions of trying to get into the what makes characters tick. From a technical point of view though, what really struck me was his description of what we warm to in a voice. It could be summed up as:
resonant voice = voice connected to the body and therefore to feeling thereby encouraging trust
constricted voice = the opposite
This made me wonder about voice projection in our profession. The subject has come up in terms of voice preservation and avoidance of unnecessary injury but not, to the best of my knowledge, in terms of putting pupils at their ease. Moreover, I can’t help feeling that, perhaps, a little more knowledge of the workings of the primordial instrument might give us one more tool in our armoury in understanding physical manifestations of psychological features in pupils.
The above Chain Reaction link will take you to listen again until 18:30 tomorrow (Wednesday 7th Oct.) when, speaking of resonance as we were, Alistair McGowan interviews the cathedralesque Simon Callow.
You can also see Alistair McGowan describe some of his working method and observations here:
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