Reading English literature aloud: late 20th century and beyond
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: DVP022
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels by late 20th century and contemporary novelists. We will discuss the plot and themes of the novels while focusing on using your voice to provide narrative and create character. Vocal warm ups and sight reading also feature weekly. We hope you can join our online afternoon reading group!
Anita Brookner- A Misalliance
William Trevor- Angels at the Ritz and other stories
Elizabeth Strout- Olive Kitteridge.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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. We will always include an element of vocal warm -up at the beginning of the class and sight reading at the end.
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 modern and contemporary literature by reading passages aloud and thus sharing stories.
Identify some key breathing and vocal techniques to assist reading in public.
Notice an improvement in your sight reading skills.
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.
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 with you to the first class A Misalliance by Anita Brookner; the tutor will ask you to read a passage to assess your ability level. You will find a small hand mirror useful. You will need to buy or borrow copies of the texts in question.
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.
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.