The Origin of Speak Well With Willpower
Founder Matthew Collins has an MA in Voice Studies, a background in TV, and ten years’ teaching experience in HMP Wormwood Scrubs.
He's loved teaching voice skills to prisoners – in sessions which include vocal exercises on short Shakespearean texts.
This work exposes participants to rich, formal language; encourages the articulation of muscular speech; and encourages self-reflection.
The work also introduces the principles of rhetoric and Matthew's always made his prison starting point a line by Elizabethan dramatist, Thomas Kyd: ‘Where words prevail not, violence prevails…’
Having witnessed the benefits of voicework in Wormwood Scrubs, Matthew wants to take voice classes into other prisons – as well as into:
Schools in disadvantaged areas
Schools whose budgets for extracurricular activities have been eroded by increased energy costs
Organisations for Former Military Personnel
Communities (such as refugee welfare organisations) where English public speaking skills and familiarity with formal language may be lacking.