Once the early bird places are filled the price will revert back to the normal workshop place price.
The 30-hour workshop runs 7 hours a day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday. Thursday is a day off for sight-seeing or rest.
Introductory Linklater Voice Technique introduces you to the full progression of the Kristin Linklater Voice method. You will gain an understanding of the exercises and vocabulary that we know as the Linklater Voice method. Our workshops are open to all and this is your starting point if you have not participated in any Linklater Voice workshops before or if it has been some time and you’d like a refresher. There are no prerequisites for this workshop just an interest in voice and what Linklater Voice can do for you.
The workshop begins with exercises designed to awaken a sensory and imagistic relationship with voice. The progression of exercises leads from physical awareness (locating tension and releasing it) to awareness of natural breathing, the experience of sound in the body, the release of tension in the throat, jaw, tongue and soft palate, the development of resonating power in the chest, the mouth and the face, the accompanying development of breathing power, the exploration of range throughout two to three octaves of speaking notes and, finally, to articulation.
The workshop gives a practical, experiential overview of the voice work for actors known as Freeing the Natural Voice. This work is extensively laid out and explained in the 2006 edition of Kristin Linklater’s book Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language. The overall function of the work is to remove the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human vocal instrument. The objective of the work is a voice in direct contact with emotional impulse, shaped by the intellect but not restricted by it. Once the voice is free it can connect viscerally with language, transforming communication and interpretative skills.
Be aware that exercises include adapted yoga position, floor relaxation, arm swings and other physical activities. All these can be adjusted to individual physical needs.
Anne Brady – Anne Brady is a Professor in the Theatre Department at Binghamton University (SUNY) where she is Head of the Acting/Directing Program and teaches Voice, Movement and Acting to both undergraduate and graduate students. She has been a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher since 2003 and is a founding member of the KLVC. Anne holds an MFA from Brandeis University and a BA from the College of the Holy Cross. See Anne’s full profile.
What do you need to bring:
Loose comfortable clothing suitable for physical exercise. No belts. No jeans.
Prepare – Learn by heart:
A poem (no more than 14 lines) that has particular meaning for you – something you need to speak right now If English is not your first language, then the text can be in your own language. Please send a copy of your text and an English translation (if applicable) to email@example.com asap after being accepted to the workshop.
The workshop runs across the core teaching days of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. These days start at 9 am and finish around 6 pm.
Thursday is a day off for sightseeing around Orkney or rest. Lunch and dinner are not provided that day. You may cook for yourself or eat out at a restaurant. Thursday’s plans will be arranged once you are here. If you opt for the escorted trip this will be using the Centre’s minibus for travel.
The evening meal will be served at around 6.30 pm.
Food and Accommodation
You will be housed at the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre in our purpose-built Bothy. All rooms are single occupancy with shared toilet/shower facilities.
Mealtimes are communal. Lunch and dinner are cooked by our own chef. We cater for dietary considerations including the following: gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and lactose intolerant. We regret to say that we are unable to accommodate more complex dietary requirements. For additional food information please see our FAQs.
Residential workshops at the Centre are fully residential offerings only. No camping facilities are available. The residential experience at the Centre is based on the participants learning, sharing, creating, and working individually and collectively.
Arrivals and Departures
Sunday Arrivals: We anticipate your arrival on Sunday, sometime in the afternoon is good as this ensures you are present for the Welcome Dinner at 6.30 pm. We shall collect you and take you up to the Centre on Sunday at a time suitable to coordinate in with the other arrivals. (Please note travel times: 45 mins from the airport, 20 mins from the ferry).
Saturday Departures: These will be after breakfast and we will arrange to transport you to the ferry/airport or drop you off at your local accommodation.
For more information on how to get here, please contact our local and reputable travel agency Scapa Travel, advising them that you are travelling to Orkney to stay at the Voice Centre.
Should you wish to arrive in Orkney early, or to stay on after your workshop finishes, we recommend you use Orkney.com or another online accommodation site to make your personal arrangements.
Information on Current Covid guidance for travelling to Scotland and International travel to Scotland. can be found using these links. Please note we cannot answer specific individual questions on travel and recommend you contact Scapa Travel with any such queries.
Please ensure that when making your travel arrangements you have suitable insurance to cover any other losses associated with your trip as KLVC and the course organiser cannot take any responsibility for any additional costs.
- We are closely monitoring and adhering to Government and local guidelines and will advise you of specific local requirements, if any, prior to the commencement of your workshop.
- Current Scottish Government guidance in respect of COVID-19 can be accessed using this link.
- In order to best manage COVID-19, the Centre asks that everyone tests on (1) arrival before the welcome dinner, (2) on the first morning of the workshop, and (3) on any free day.
- The format of testing is a Lateral Flow Test (also known as a Rapid Antigen Test), which we can supply to you.
- Anyone who feels unwell during their stay is asked to isolate themselves until they feel better or have a negative COVID-19 test. Additional COVID-19 protocols may be put in place by the leader of the workshop, in conjunction with the Centre, and you will be notified of those in addition to this information.
- The wearing of face masks is not required unless stipulated in any additional information from the workshop leader, or if it is a personal preference or requirement.
If you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop start date, a 100% refund will be provided.*
If you cancel within 30 – 14 days before the workshop start date a 50% refund will be provided.*
If you cancel within 14 days before the workshop start date no refund will be provided.
Subject to availability, the cost of any amount not refunded could be put towards the cost of another course.
KLVC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any workshop or event at any time. Should the rescheduled dates or alternative offered by KLVC not be suitable to you we shall refund any payments made by you.
(*less transaction costs and any administration costs incurred)
If you have any queries about the workshop please contact firstname.lastname@example.org