Centre for Voice in Performance
Shifting Landscapes: Changing Standards in Accent Training 29 – 30 June 2012
Shifting Landscapes hosted by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in collaboration with The Central School of Speech and Drama and supported by the Scottish Drama Training Network, has been initiated in response to last year’s highly successful conference on Accents and Dialects held in London at the CSSD. A plethora of themes emerged that demanded further attention:
· Should RP RIP?
· Are phonetics necessary?
· Do we begin to incorporate the Generation X dialects emerging from the influence of Rap, Hip-Hop and street culture?
· How do we respond to the demands of the film industry particularly where the training of children is involved?
· Will the extraordinary advances in Neuroscience change our understanding and teaching of the relationship between the brain and voice?
Shifting Landscapes seeks to provide a forum in which we – actors, directors, voice coaches, educators, scientists, anyone and everyone interested in the possibilities of the human voice – can share our knowledge and experience to critically examine the future of accent and dialect training in the 21 st Century.
We hope you will join us to participate in what promises to be an extraordinary day of debate and provocation.
Timings & Programme
0920 Institutional Welcome - Hugh Hodgart, Dean of Drama, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
0930 Welcome by Ros Steen, Jane Boston, Alison Forsyth
POINTS OF VIEW
0945 The Voice Coach Edda Sharpe
1015 The Actor
1030 The Director John Tiffany
1045 Standard Accents for Generation X
Amy Mihyang Ginther, Peri Olufunwa and Yen Yen Ng –/ Central School of Speech and Drama
1100 Comfort Break & Coffee
1115 Q & A from the floor Coffee
1200 Workshop Session 1
Coaching the Child Actor – Jo Cameron Brown
The Flying Scotsman, a whistle-stop tour of Scottish Dialects – Jean Sangster
Virtual Phonetics: accents, apps and attitude – Hilary Jones
1330 Optional tour of the building
1400 Dr. Patricia Bestelmeyer– the Neuroscience of Accents
1445 Research presentations – 3 x 10 minute and 5 minutes Q & A
1530 Comfort Break & Coffee
1545 Workshop Session 2
Repeat of Session 1, delegates will select another of the workshops to attend.
1645 Plenary Round-up
1715 Drinks Reception & Networking
1800 Event End
Day 2 – Introduction to the Nadine George Technique
This voice workshop will give a short practical introduction to the core technique of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Centre for Voice in Performance, rooted in the technique of Nadine George of Voice Studio International.
The workshop will comprise an intensive practical exploration of the voice and its source in the body, linked to text. We will begin with hands-on breath, energy and focus work done in pairs and alone before going on to explore male and female qualities of sound in both men and women.
Each participant will have individual work on her or his own voice in one of the qualities which will be explored through sound sung from the body. The vibration, energy and quality of the sound will then be linked directly to the speaking of a short piece of text.
There will be also be an opportunity for discussion of the work including its use in
professional rehearsal practice and training.
£55 for day one – conference only
£90 for both days (conference and one day intro to Nadine George Technique)
Student rate £20 – conference only