'Practical Pedagogy for Spoken and Sung Voice' with Barbara Houseman - 20th February, 2020

Course Details

This practical day will explore the eclectic philosophy behind the work of Barbara Houseman. It will include the five areas of voice work:

Day 1

  • Release
  • Support
  • Range
  • Resonance
  • Articulation

The focus of the day is to explore practical pedagogy to enable you to work more effectively with both spoken and sung voice.


Barbara Houseman’s career as a voice and acting coach and theatre director spans nearly forty years. She trained as a voice teacher at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and as a theatre director at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  She won an Arts Council director’s bursary and assisted Mike Alfreds before working professionally as a director and voice coach.

Since then she has worked extensively as a voice and text coach in the West End including shows including The Ferryman, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Equus (The Gielgud); Kenneth Branagh Season (The Garrick); the All Female Trilogy, Trelawney of the Wells, Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, St Joan (The Donmar); Dr Faustus (Duke of Yorks); Macbeth and Richard III (Trafalgar Studios); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Sweet Bird of Youth, Duchess of Malfi, Playboy of the Western World (The Old Vic).

She’s been resident voice and text coach at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park since 2009 and was Season Associate Director since 2012.

Individual clients include Jane Asher, Kenneth Branagh, Jessie Buckley, Omid Djalili, Dynamo, Richard Fairbrass, Jerry Hall, Lenny Henry, Nicholas Hoult, Karl Hyde, Patrick Kielty, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Daniel Radcliffe, Scarlett Strallen, Will Young.

Course Venue - The Gattinetts

East Bergholt is a picturesque village in the heart of Constable Country.  Complete with several village pubs, a shop, tea room and bakery, East Bergholt is an ideal retreat for teacher training events. The Gattinetts was the first disused farm sheds to be converted into a thriving business centre with a quaint, artistic feel.  It is accessible by car with free onsite parking, the nearest station is Manningtree Station with Colchester North Station just a 20 minute taxi journey away.

The Gattinetts
4CD – The Training Suite – Office 2
Hadleigh Road
East Bergholt

Dates, Fees & Accommodation

20th February 2020

10am- 5pm

£95 (VAT inclusive)

The day includes refreshment for breaks and lunch is provided.

 Accommodation is not included in the price. Voice Workshop Ltd is not responsible for these recommendations.

Premier Inn – A12 / Colchester
East Bergholt, approx. 7 miles, CO4 9WP

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Mistley Thorn Hotel
Mistley, approx. 5 miles, CO11 1HE

Visit Website / 01206 392 821

Travelodge – Capel St Mary
Capel St Mary, approx. 4 miles, IP9 2JP

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Rosemary Bed & Breakfast
East Bergholt, approx. 0.3 miles, CO7 6AY

Visit Website / 01206 298241

Air bnb – Chestnut Cottage
Chestnut Cottage, East Bergholt, approx. 0.5 miles

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Woodburn Cottage
Woodburn Cottage, Dedham, approx. 4 miles

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Local Taxi’s are Riverside Taxi’s, 01206 397 563 and Topmarx Taxi’s, 01206 395 449.

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