About the course
The aim of this course is to give people skills to be more free in their approach to performing poetry. We’ll touch on voice work, physical freedom and connecting with an audience, as well as finding ways to explore the intention behind a piece in a playful way.
Acting is about finding something in a text or story that resonates with us and then communicating that truthful feeling through the words we have available. This masterclass is designed for poets and spoken word artists of all skill levels, but is also suitable for actors and anyone who wants to improve their public speaking.
We’ll start by discussing our thoughts about performance then move into a series of exercises exploring voice and physicality, before working with some poems and playing with different ways of performing them.
Poems will be supplied, but attendees should feel free to bring their own. Please wear comfortable clothing for easy movement.
What you will learn
That sensitivity and feeling of being alive in the moment is what makes great performances resonate with so many people. We’ll be aiming for that all the time, while along the way exploring:
Voice: identifying physical tensions that inhibit your voice and learn to release them.
Body: playing with different ways of moving or of holding yourself when you’re still. Audience connection: Being comfortable making eye contact with audiences and bringing them into your poetry.
About Ed Day
Ed is a transgender/non-binary poet, theatre maker, animator and musician based in Norwich. They trained in traditional acting at ALRA, in London and in physical theatre at Paris’s Ecole Jacques Lecoq and has been working as an actor for 12 years. Ed has been touring their own plays since 2014 and poetry has become an integral part of everything they create. They are currently touring Super Hamlet 64, a video game version of Hamlet, and Too Pretty To Punch, a show about transphobia, combining digital animation and comedy cabaret.
Example of their work:
Partition of India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WDkvJE0zDo
Suitable for all abilities and ages.
Duration: 2 hours
Wear clothes you can move in.
There will be poems to work from in the workshop but feel free to bring your own to work on instead.
More details: www.edaliaday.co.uk