Reading English literature aloud: early 20th century

Course Dates: 15/01/20 - 04/03/20
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels by early 20th century writers including E M Forster; Agatha Christie; Daphne Du Maurier and F Scott Fitzgerald.


What is the course about?

Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels by early 20th century writers E M Forster; Agatha Christie; Daphne Du Maurier and F Scott Fitzgerald- discuss the plot and themes of the novels while focusing on using your voice to provide narrative and create character. We hope you can join our afternoon reading group!

What will we cover?

How we use pitch, pace and pause to tell stories. How we need clear diction for narrative as well as range and variety for vocal characterisation. The importance of good vocal delivery, powered by correct breathing techniques.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Demonstrate more confidence in the sound of your voice
Acknowledge a greater delight in 20th Century Literature by reading passages aloud and thus sharing stories.
Identify some key breathing and vocal techniques to assist reading in public.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is for all those who enjoy reading novels, and wish to develop greater confidence in reading aloud. You will have some ability with sight reading and if you are a non-native speaker, you must be fluent in English.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently.
• Communicate in group situations.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Read and respond to a range of texts.
• Take course notes for your own use.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

We will read in a large group together. You will be expected to read and prepare passages in advance each week.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please read in advance and bring Howards End with you to the first class; the tutor will ask you to read a passage to assess your ability level. You will find a small hand mirror useful.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any Voice or Speech course in the programme such as Storytelling for Business and Pleasure, or Voice Technique: Beginners
Please refer to our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) as you consider which area you would like to study next.


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It gave a great opportunity to develop good voice technique and to explore excellent literature on the way.
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Tutor Biographies
Vernon Thompson Tutor Website

Vernon Thompson been responsible for overseeing all Voice Speech and Communication courses in the School of Performing Arts (almost 200 per year) since September 2005. He is also Course Leader for the year-long OCN accredited Level 2 Extended Certificate in Drama Foundation course. He regularly directs student productions, most recently The Laramie Project (2019) and the Graduating Students Agents' Showcase (2017). Voice specialities include Shakespearean text and practical application of resonance and support. Vernon also works as Voice Consultant to Channel 4 News, and his private clients currently include BBC newsreaders and an international model. Vernon has an MA in Voice Studies from Central School of Speech & Drama and PGCE from City University. Previous posts include Voice teaching at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Outside City Lit Vernon also works as a freelance director (Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan 2019; Hen and Chickens, Islington 2017) and produces a season of rep theatre every summer in Bournemouth with London Repertory Players.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: DVP021

Started Wed, day, 15 Jan - 04 Mar '20

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £111.00
Concession: £85.00

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