Voicings Collective
Creating relevant and exploratory new choral theatre
"I personally felt I could be a part of it – by just listening and watching. The usual barriers weren't there – the actions/music/drama synergy was compelling."
- Audience Member
"An almost electric level of intensity that was highly engaging and compelling."
- Audience Member
"What we now accept as conventional in opera, must have started like this - new, challenging and engaging ."
- Audience Member
To tell is a function of self.
— Ann Carson, "Decreation"
The Voicings Collective is the brainchild of director Freya Wynn-Jones, composer Michael Betteridge and writer Rebecca Hurst.

The company aims to interrogate the democracy of devising: work is created collectively, shaped by the skills, creative practices, stories and unique voices of the individual artists taking part.
What's happening
Find out more details of where you can see us next and keep up to date with the shows we have in development. Want to add something to our calendar or program us? Get in touch below.
What & When
Walk Out of Yourself in person: 10-19 Dec
Walk Out of Yourself will be shown at The Cut, Halesworth alongside FLOAT by Bill Jackson. This is rescheduled following the four week long down in November.
What & When
Walk Out of Yourself online: w/b 29 November
Walk Out of Yourself will be available to watch for one week as part of Knaive Theatre's #DigitalLyceum
What & When
SYMPOSIUM - Thinking outside the (black) box: 13th November
Join us in online presentations and discussion on the topic "thinking outside the (black)box". In the days of Covid many independent artists have had to think outside the box and find new avenues when creating, producing and/or performing their vocal arts projects. Sponsored by Nordic Culture Fund, City of Reykjavík, Icelandic Music Fund
What & When
Walk Out Of Yourself at The Brewhouse, Taunton. 12-28 March.
Walk Out Of Yourself is available on demand as part of The Brewhouse's upcoming digital festival.
What & When
29 March - 2 April Aldeburgh Young Musicians: Walk Out Of Yourself Residency
Aldeburgh Young Musicians explore the Walk Out Of Yourself process to creating digital ensemble work.
Walk Out Of Yourself
A lockdown operatita created with Opera Harmony
Find out more
When one of the only things you can do is walk…
Walk Out of Yourself
Walk Out of Yourself is a short docu-opera made in response to the lockdown of spring 2020. Rambling through our haphazard thoughts as we try to carve a new path for society, community and identity, this piece explores the rituals and routine of pacing and retracing our steps. What happens when the daily walk or run is the only opportunity to escape the confines of a home? When the once less-taken road becomes familiar? When the street becomes a gauntlet, and the pavement a game of switch and slalem? And what happens to those people who relied on their daily walks for social encounters?

The Voicings Collective uses its interdisciplinary devising process to capture the thoughts of artists based across England: from urban Manchester and seaside Brighton, to rural Suffolk. Part-diary, part-drama, Walk Out of Yourself captures attitudes and emotions surrounding the lockdown, as well as exploring our relationships with others, and the ways in which this experience has created connection or distance between strangers. The piece is a collage of captured and composed audio, personal video, and animation, interrogating themes of distancing, of inside vs. outside, of how we connect as artists and individuals, and of how we sustain community in a socially distanced world.

Commissioned by #OperaHarmony, Walk Out of Yourself was streamed on OperaVision.eu in August 2020 and shortlisted into the finals of the Opera Harmony initiative. A downloadable programme can be found here.

Check out our making of.
Walk Out of Yourself Credits
How High We Once Climbed
New work for choir and performer coming 2021.
Hear Them Roar
A one-act drama. A small cast of characters meet to reimagine the most powerful and traumatic experience of their lives: involvement with a political movement that transformed them and their nation forever. View our Production Pack.

Rough For Opera #16
The Cockpit Theatre, London
The Voicings Collective took our work in progress to Rough For Opera. Curated and Produced by Second Movement, rough for opera provides a performance platform to share new work and celebrate the breadth of contemporary opera making. With an informal and intimate atmosphere and a Q and A following each performance rough for opera is a great way for audiences to engage directly with opera makers and for composers to get invaluable feedback about their work at an early stage in its development.
Hear Them Roar
Presented at Rough For Opera October, 2017.
Originally filmed by Josh Buckler. Edited by Morgan Vine.
Hear Them Roar Credits
Photo Credit Nick Rutter
Music theatre makers, The Voicings Collective, came together in February of 2017 to undertake a series of research and development at Dartington Hall. The company explores approaches to composing within the ensemble, transcending the formats of traditional opera making and utilising the skills of a multifaceted group of performers. In it's first iteration, the Voicings Collective began exploring theatrical responses to the rise of Fascism in 1930s Europe and its relevance to the modern experience.The week ended with an in-progress sharing of their approach to ensemble composition, followed by an audience discussion. The week was documented by Jade Hoffman of Tiamat Film.

Making Of
Creative Team
Director and Singer
Writer and Librettist
Some of the wonderful people
that we have collected with
Rob Gildon
Robine Landi
Patrick Terry
"To try to understand the experience of another it is neccesary to dismantle the world as seen from ones own place within it and to reassemble it as seen from... [theirs]" - John Berger, A Seventh Man.
Our Partners
If you are interested in becoming a partner or sponsor of the Voicings Collective, please get in touch.
Supported by Dartington Arts
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All artwork courtesy of: Rebecca Hurst
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