“Lots of theories would never have come into being without materials that underpin the physicality of them.”
Patsy Rodenburg has spent her career as one of the world’s preeminent voice coaches, which she describes as including working on people’s bodies and breath systems to improve their voices. While Patsy has trained film stars for the stage, she has also always worked with non-actors because she believes there are things you can do to help those without that training.
During the video, Rodenburg shares a secret of Winton Churchill’s oratory and explains that presence is something you can teach. Speaking, says Rodenburg, is a physical experience: anatomy is important. When you get nervous, your body closes down and pulls in. Breathing is the most important part of the performance.