The Transcript from Grace Dyas’ speech at We Need to Talk About Ireland with the Trailblazery at the Mansion House in Dublin on Paddy’s Day. 

Its provocative and inspiring to hear her rousing words and SIMPLE message. 

Hi I’m Grace Dyas. I am an artist and activist from inner city Dublin. I work with THEATREclub, where we make socially engaged plays.

It’s my birthday tomorrow. I’ll be 25. I have always shared the limelight with St Patrick! I, like many of you have drank until I vomited on this…

What does it cost us when we speak?
A lot of my clients and students talk about PROJECTION and wanting their voices to be LOUDER. While that is definitely something that I can explore with you in terms of your voice, I wish to offer an alternative theory for how to think about VOLUME… 
Lets think of the voice getting FATTER instead - rather than louder, lets get FATTER.
Sound waves travel in all directions, through things and around things, they resonate and shake our bones and muscles, they literally have the power to move us. We sound in a 3 dimensional space.
So the next time you think of speaking LOUDER, and start to shout, why not think of speaking FATTER. Imagine the sound coming out the sides and the front and the back and the top and the bottom - like a giant ocean wave of sound enveloping everyone in front of you. We are FULL of it and we can drench everyone in sound from all sides. 
What do you reckon? Am I full of it too?

A lot of my clients and students talk about PROJECTION and wanting their voices to be LOUDER. While that is definitely something that I can explore with you in terms of your voice, I wish to offer an alternative theory for how to think about VOLUME… 

Lets think of the voice getting FATTER instead - rather than louder, lets get FATTER.

Sound waves travel in all directions, through things and around things, they resonate and shake our bones and muscles, they literally have the power to move us. We sound in a 3 dimensional space.

So the next time you think of speaking LOUDER, and start to shout, why not think of speaking FATTER. Imagine the sound coming out the sides and the front and the back and the top and the bottom - like a giant ocean wave of sound enveloping everyone in front of you. We are FULL of it and we can drench everyone in sound from all sides. 

What do you reckon? Am I full of it too?

And so now Irish gay people we find ourselves in this ludicrous situation where we are not only not allowed to say publicly what we feel oppressed by, we’re not even allowed to think it because the very definition, our definition, has been disallowed by our betters. And for the last 3 weeks, I’ve been denounced from the floor of the Oireachtas, to newspaper columns, to the seething morass of internet commentary, denounced for using hate speech because I dared to use the word homophobia, and a jumped up queer like me should know that the word homophobia is no longer available to gay people, which is a spectacular and neat Orwellian trick because now it turns out that gay people are not the victims of homophobia, homophobes are the victims of homophobia. [X] 

In the interests of good oratory and what I consider to be a “truthful” public performance, Panti - Ireland’s most famous Drag Queen’s startlingly eloquent speech on homophobia and inherently prejudice in every Irish Person. 

As a voice coach, as a performer, as an Irish Woman and as someone who is a supporter of Same-Sex Marriage, I think this is an excellent, emotive speech, that politely and carefully articulates an issue that is currently evoking major debate and discussion in Ireland at present.

Those who find the right words never offend anyone. Yet they speak the truth. Their words are clear but never harsh. They do not take offence, and they do not give in.

Buddha

~birra BUDDHA for your Sunday. 

I understand a fury in your words,
but not the words.

Othello: IV, ii, 32

Do you find that you are often misunderstood in your tone? Lack of clarity in your voice? Do you feel there is a huge distance between the voice everyone else hears and the voice that you have in your head?

I’m here to help with those concerns! 1-2-1 Classes are available now, just get in touch!

New Logo to announce that I am back ready to teach all your voice needs. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact if you are looking for some voice work. I’m here to help.

New Logo to announce that I am back ready to teach all your voice needs. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact if you are looking for some voice work. I’m here to help.

'Where words prevail, not violence prevails.'
Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy - via Cicely Berry

Been thinking a lot about the publicly spoken words of women and where, as women, we take our inspiration from these days. This blog is a great resource.

It also offers advice through speech examples on how to construct and convey your own work.