Matthew Collins is a voice coach working with clients who range from prisoners and business people to members of the Women’s Institute.
For ten years he was ‘Special Assignments Man’ on BBC TV’s The Travel Show. He also presented on Wogan, Open Air, This Morning, Well Worth A Visit… And (not his finest moment) an Anglia TV quiz show. He brought up two sons alone, wrote books and articles about their travails and travels, and ran prison Fathers Workshops.
Today, the work he most loves is encouraging non-thespians to explore their voices by going beyond their vocal comfort zones. And to encourage everyone to delight in speaking great words. In public or in private – whether by delivering a speech or presentation; exploring the power of Shakespeare’s language; speaking a poem; or reading the words of a great story aloud.
Over the last discombobulating 16 months, Matthew’s run public, online Poetry Speaking sessions; Voice Courses; and Explore Shakespeare by Speaking Him workshops. He’s also done online work for schools and businesses.
But finally he’s back to live events. Recently (June ’21), he’s done face-to-face corporate voicework in The City and spoken in person at the London Oratory School’s Sixth Form Well-Being week with a presentation about language, habitual coarseness and social media. He’s also just given (July ’21) a presentation to Dulwich College about Teaching Shakespeare to Prisoners.
He looks forward to returning to Entertainment Speaking soon.