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The Origin of Speak Well With Willpower

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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.

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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.

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