The Actors Centre

Singing with Both Hands

Most of us are at ease belting out a number with a microphone in one hand. However, take the mic away and it's a whole different ball game. Our arms can feel like mops, and our legs like stilts. Actors who work in musical theatre and cabaret will be familiar with this problem. The workshop sets out a clear, technical methodology for rehearsing and performing solo numbers. There will be a pianist. Please bring a thoroughly-memorised song for performance, plus the sheet music, and have a second contrasting song ready. You should leave this workshop looking forward to your next chance alone with a song and an audience.


Bill Homewood

 Bill Homewood has taught workshops for the Actors Centre for over 30 years. His innumerable leading credits over a long career have been with the RSC (incl. The Hollow Crown, Twelfth Night, The Homecoming) and in the West End (incl. Phantom of the Opera, Grand Hotel). Awards have included NW Actor of the Year for Malvolio at Chester, various audio awards incl. Audiofil Award USA for his recording of She, and he succeeded Edward Albee as Eminent Chair in Theatre at Florida Atlantic University. Bill founded the Shakespeare Text class at RADA in 1983, where his students included Ralph Fiennes, Imogen Stubbs and Joely Richardson. He played Oberon, Antipholus and Banquo at Regents Park in the award-winning season of 1991. On TV Bill is known to two generations of children as Ron Gad the Backwards Man on The Adventure Game, and Stoker in The Renford Rejects. Scores of other TV credits have included Coronation Street, London’s Burning, Crocodile Shoes, Casualty, The Bill, CI5 The New Professionals. He has directed Theatre and Opera in UK, USA and France. He has recorded 35 audio books, including recently Les Miserables for Naxos AudioBooks, and Great French Poems (in French) for Ukemi Audiobooks. A poet himself, Bill’s retrospective collection Under the Blue is available on Amazon.   


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