DTS Peforum Autumn Talks – Margaret Pikes ‘Owning our Voices: Vocal Discovery in the Wolfsohn-Hart Tradition”

Sounding the Actor’s Bodymind: Contemporary Perspectives on Voice and Performance – the Autumn season of UCC Peforum talks at TDC

Margaret Pikes

On Wednesday October 12th, Margaret Pikes will be giving a talk entitled ‘Owning our Voices: Vocal Discovery in the Wolfsohn-Hart Tradition.

Margaret is a founding member of the Roy Hart Theatre. She trained with Roy Hart and began working with him when she was still at University studying for her BA in Philosophy and Sociology, later also obtaining a PGCE. She has been a teacher of the Roy Hart approach to vocal expression internationally for more than 40 years. She was voice teacher at the Conservatories (Dramatic Art) of Liege and Brussels; has been a voice coach for among others – the Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre company; the award winning Kindle Theatre (Birmingham); blueCinque (Turin) and Theaterlabor (Bielefeld). As a performer Margaret participated in many of the Roy Hart Theatre’s experimental performances including ‘the Bacchae’, ‘And’, ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Musiques pour Marsyas’. She then developed her career as a professional singer of many genres from jazz to chanson française, including with Michèle Bernard in ‘des Nuits Noires de Monde’ (France). She was the soloist in the oratorio ‘Canto General’ (Mikis Theodorakis and Pablo Neruda), singing with many different directors and choirs in France and sang for the Premier of this work in the USA. She devised and toured several one-woman shows of French songs and sketches. In the 1990’s Margaret lived and worked for 6 years in Togo, West Africa, where she sang with the jazz trio Anima and with singer Joe Coo. From 2010 – 2012 she performed in England and at the Edinburgh Festival, in ‘Agnes and Walter: A Little Love Story’, with the Dance Theatre Company SMITH.

As a visiting research fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, Margaret is a currently writing a book about how she has developed her voice work in the Wolfsohn-Hart tradition.

Margaret is based in Cologne, Germany and also teaches in the UK, and in France.

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Theatre and Performance Practice


For further information, please contact:

Dr. Bernadette Cronin

College Lecturer

Drama & Theatre Studies

School of Music and Theatre

University College Cork

Tel.: +353 21 4904070

Email: b.cronin@ucc.ie

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Skiddy’s Plaza – Lantern Productions

Skiddy's Castle Plaza

Lantern Production and Reimagine Cork have been working in the TDC this week devising their Culture Night performance Skiddy’s Plaza

Created by the performers, Fiona Kelly, Orla Kelly-Smith and Suzanne Vachet, with director Eoin Ó hAnnracháin, we will be presenting a taste of the piece and discussing the creative process used in the sharing this Friday, September 2nd, at 6pm.


They’d love to get your feedback on the work-in-progress before they go into the rehearsal stage ahead of their performance in Skiddy’s Plaza on North Main Street for Culture Night on Friday the 16th of September.


Lantern Productions is a Cork based Theatre production company with the mission to cultivate the position of the arts as a vital, positive, inclusive and necessary part of our shared society through entertaining, challenging and ambitious projects of the highest quality.


Reimagine Cork is a community effort focused on making Cork beautiful by rejuvenating laneways, urban green space, and derelict buildings.


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GAITKRASH Theatre Company @ TDC this Friday

Kafka is Afraid of Mice

Friday Sharing, 26th of August, 6pm, all welcome.


What do I carry on my shoulders? What spectres cling to me?’ The disorienting and absurd yet fundamentally human world of Franz Kafka is at the heart this week’s exploration in the TDC by GAITKRASH and collaborators. We have been mining at the intersection between theatre, sound art and visual art and invite you to share in our findings thus far.

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