Matthew
Collins

About

 

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.

PUBLIC SPEAKER

“Within seconds of him
walking onto the stage, I knew I’d booked the right person. Matthew had 1700 ladies nursing sore ribs
from their laughter. The
feedback from members
can be summarised as:
Matthew made us feel GOOD!”

—Margaret Key, National Chairman,
Townswomen's Guilds

VOICE COACH

“British colleagues
kept commenting on my French accent. This was
unhelpful and Matthew 
helped me acquire a more
useful British accent.
He also helped enormously with my work presentations.”

—Suzanne, Particle Physicist

TEACHER

Matthew’s Shakespeare
workshops are dynamic
and entertaining. His
enthusiasm and energy
are so important, his
communication skills
unique and his creativity
contagious. And he always creates something new.
Merci beaucoup Matthew
pour cette merveilleuse
cooperation avec le Lycée”.

—Nicole Wagner, Head of English,
Lycée Charles de Gaulle, South Kensignton

WRITER

“Great fun…..
A must!”

—Daily Telegraph on
Matthew's Travels - 10 Years of Trips for The Travel Show

“A child’s eye view
of that great continent.”

—Daily Express on
Across America with the Boys

Lockdown Online Voicework 2021

These Sessions are over now. But get in touch if you’re interested and they could return after the summer.

Forty Minute Monday-to-Friday-Morning Poetry-Speaking sessions for the price of a coffee (£3.50). Feel the benefits of speaking a poem on the mind, body and spirit.

Explore Shakespeare by Speaking Him. Three hour workshops on individual plays (£25): Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear… (And, if you’re a school or organisation, get in touch and Matthew will put a workshop together on the play you want to explore.)