On-line Clubnight: Melting Pot – Audio Storytelling for Actors with Marilyn Le Conte

On-line Clubnight: Melting Pot – Audio Storytelling for Actors with Marilyn Le Conte
Wednesday 21 April 8pm

Below are some texts of different styles and complexity for everyone to choose one piece to look at and read aloud to themselves in advance, hopefully marking their texts where they feel there’s something to watch out for, eg a stumbling block, a need for a breath, a change of gear/accent/pace/energy etc, and looking up any words they don’t know the meaning or pronunciation of.

Marilyn will need you to choose ONE of the text extracts below to work on in the session. She has included advice on each piece of text to help you…

1. Don’t Look Now (Part 1)
2. Don’t Look Now (Part 2)
3. Great Expectations (Extract)
4. He Man (1)
5. He Man (2)
6. He Man (3)
7. He Man (4)
8. He Man (5)
9. He Man (6)
10. Instructions for preparing your reading
11. Oliver Twist (first part)
12. Oliver Twist (second part)
13. Pride & Prejudice
14. Proposal for audio session
15. Wind in the Willows

One the day we will cover

  • The important of voice in audio – that’s not to say it has to be a ‘good’ voice. But it does have to do ALL the work, other than a small contribution from the brain, eyes, ears and heart
  • The market for audio readers –although some people may just want to read stories better to their children and grandchildren
  • How to make people listen without noticing the reader more than the material
  • How to enjoy doing it and sustain yourself throughout an audio book
  • How to make yourself employable and get re-hired

We will cover such topics as volume, energy, pitch, pace, language, character, telling the story, preparing the text, setting the mood, making the key moments electric. I will mention commercial voice over, but the class is about reading prose.  I shall start with a brief chat about storytelling and then everyone will have a chance to read all or part of their text (depending on numbers).

Maybe after the class everyone could record their piece, or a piece of their choice and then there could be an evening of playing them all back to everyone? Just a thought


Date
Time
Wed 21st Apr
20:00
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