One of the more experimental and developmental elements of my work is developing stagecraft skills with groups. Many choirs and singing groups sound fantastic and have a great repertoire, but seek to go ‘up a level’ in their stage presence. I have developed an eclectic stagecraft workshop package, with techniques and exercises taken from a liberal selection of different disciplines – from Japanese kabuki theatre to comedy improvisation! It explores how we present ourselves on stage; our spatial awareness, how to use and adapt to different stage spaces, how to get on and off stage efficiently and stylishly, how to use simple ensemble movement to maximum effect, and how to incorporate movement into story and song.

In the video: This is an excerpt from a drama based exercise called Trust, which I learned from Frankie Armstrong many many moons ago. It is an excellent experiment in aural and spatial awareness, really tuning in to our more subtle listening skills and versatility of movement as a singing body. It gets people working intimately and safely together and is a great group bonder.