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Dear friends,

And just like that Spring appears on the horizon! On this 50th anniversary year of the arrival of the Roy Hart Theatre in Malérargues we look forward with renewed vigour to new seasons of workshops, performances, creative projects, and celebrations of life.

Read on to learn more about all the exciting things happening at the Centre Artistique International Roy Hart this year.

We hope to welcome you in great number to our Festival week at the end of June to work, sing, and play with some of the members of the First 49.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Centre Artistique International Roy Hart

For enquiries, feedback, to propose a contribution to our next newsletter, or to volunteer for the team, please contact Siobhán McCann at siobhan.mccann@centreroyhart.org

What news?

Programme for the 50th anniversary jubilee in Malérargues, 24 June – 1 July 2024.

The programme for the 50th anniversary celebration week of the arrival of the Roy Hart Theatre is now online.

This promises to be an extraordinary week and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take workshops with and enjoy performances by many of the original 49 Roy Hart Theatre members to come to Malérargues fifty years ago.


Archives Centre Roy Hart - David GoldsworthyFrom Breath to Sound
Voice and body practice, with exercises, games and improvisations to develop the sung and spoken voice, extend vocal range, and give vitality to personal expression. With David Goldsworthy and Marianne Le Tron.

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Archives Centre Roy Hart - Pascale Ben

It is my Birthday Today!
and Every Day ! Let us make it as Wonder-full as possible. Therefore, let us breathe, move, sing and dance, look at each other, and listen to each other, trying to understand others as well as ourselves, with the means of sound, music and songs. With Pascale Ben, Laurent Stéphan, and Olivier Philippson.

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Archives Centre Roy Hart - Kevin Crawford

Follow your Voices!/strong>
Each voice tells a unique story; no two stories are the same. And every voice tells many stories. In this workshop, we will tease out your signature sound and invite those other voices that also wish to be heard, thus developing the range of sound and timbre. With Kevin Crawford.
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Stages Centre Roy Hart

Music in the Moment
When is it the group as a whole who leads ? When is it an individual soloist who leads ? How to move from one to the other ? We will also explore mixing the speaking and the singing voice to create a vibrant and dynamic form of music. With Saule Ryan and Carol Mendelsohn.
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Archives Centre Roy Hart - Margaret Pikes

The Human Voice
Explore and develop the dynamic sources of the voice in the body and in the imagination, extending the range of the voice through this work, full and free breathing, guided and free group and individual improvisations, using these discoveries with spoken text or singing, and active listening to others. With Margaret Pikes.
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Archives Centre Roy Hart - Ian Magilton

Original Inspiration/strong>
In 1974 while we were preparing our move to Malérargues, Roy wrote a prologue for L’Economiste, which begins with ,”Each individual is indispensable, ir-re-place-able.” And ends, “Without my cowardice, my pettiness, my maladjustments, my lies, my mistakes and those of my ancestors I am nothing and that nothing is called technology”. It inspired us and still does.
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"Génération" spectacle proposé pour les 50 ans du Centre Roy HartSeven Performances in Seven Days!
Seven performances in seven days showcasing the breadth and depth of the artistry espoused by the First 49, followed by a traditional village ball to celebrate the culmination of our anniversary week under the Cévenol stars.

We invite you to also join us for a voice yoga masterclass, group choral singing, book readings and round-table discussions, as well as multi-media presentations and storytelling over the course of our week together at the Château de Malérargues.

Come one, come all and experience the magic of theatre and voice at the Centre Artistique International Roy Hart!
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What are we celebrating?

25 years of collaboration in Denmark

Saule Ryan - Aarhus

The Roy Hart Centre Voice work is well known in Denmark, especially in Aarhus. Since 1996, Carol Mendelsohn and Saule Ryan have been coming regularly to Aarhus, both as teachers and performers. In 1998, they began a collaboration with Movenact, a private theatre school that also offers weekend workshops to a wider public as part of their programme.

To celebrate this jubilee year, Carol and Saule, together with Mikkel Ferdinand from Movenact, offered an open demonstration to show and share the voice work which is so appreciated in Aarhus.

They were supported by past and present students who have remained passionate about the Voice Work over the years. It was a great afternoon and at the end of the demonstration, one of the audience members asked if everyone could be included in an improvisation involving text and chorus. And so the demonstration ended with nearly everyone participating in a very energetic and enthusiastic group improvisation. A good example of the inclusive spirit of Carol and Saule’s teaching.

Mariane Siem, Roy Hart Centre Voice Teacher, Dramaturge, actor, speech therapist. Mariane is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre Artistique International Roy Hart.

To what are we listening?

Pierre-François Blanchard #puzzled


Pierre-François Blanchard et Thomas SavyOn February 2nd musician, vocalist and ten-year member of the Centre Artistique International Roy Hart, Pierre-François Blanchard, released his debut album #puzzled in duet with clarinettist Thomas Savy. His first single FEARS is available for your listening and viewing pleasure here.

Pierre-François has worked closely with Pantheatre since 2008, as a pianist and voice teacher. He is embarking this year on a new quest to become a certified Roy Hart Centre voice teacher.

Wishing Pierre-François every success, we’re listening to this evocative piece on repeat, with no doubt it will be on heavy rotation for a while.

For full album details and listening links, click here: www.pierrefrancoisblanchard.com

What are we reading?

Voice Made Visible by Rafael Lopez-BarrantezVoice Made Visible: Multi-Octave Voice Training & Techniques for Performers (disponible en anglais seulement) by Rafael Lopez-Barrantes, Routeledge 2024.

Voice Made Visible is an exploration of voice training and performance practice based on the use and application of Multi-Octave Vocal Range techniques. “Multi-Octave” is understood as the arsenal of sounds that exists uniquely within each human voice, beyond the comfortable average octave that we use in everyday life.

In Voice Made Visible, Rafael Lopez-Barrantes builds on the voice work created by Alfred Wolfsohn and developed by Roy Hart to assist students, artists, and those interested in the performing arts with their vocal practice. He draws from over three decades of multi-cultural performance and teaching, sharing the three fundamental pillars of his system: Fiction, News, and Body Source. This book will help readers unfold their understanding of the voice by strengthening it and inspire them to create new vocal paths for the stage, camera, and voice acting, as well as for their own personal expressive growth.

Rafael Lopez-Barrantes is one of the First 49 founder members of the Roy Hart Theatre to move to Malérargues in 1974 and who will be reuniting in June 2024 to celebrate the jubilee anniversary.

To read more and purchase a copy you can visit Rafael’s website here.

Book: In Gedanken Singen Ralf Peters Centre Artistique International Roy HartSinging – in Mind (In Gedanken: singen) by Ralf Peterson, Stimmfeld 2023.

A book for all those who want to delve deeper into the human voice. Centre Artistique International Roy Hart association member and teacher Ralf Peters approaches the voice from philosophical, artistic and pedagogical perspectives. The result is a diverse collection of inspirations for one’s own reflection and suggestions for working with the voice. How can the voice in all its aspects be captured in thought? What does voice liberation mean? What is the anthropological relevance of the voice? What is listening? What is singing?

Available for purchase in German here. You can read it in English by clicking the link below. To receive a full pdf-version please write to ralf-peters@stimmfeld.de

Click here to read the English version on Ralf’s blog

une rencontre personnelle, par Penny KreitzerCharlotte Salomon, Paula Salomon-Lindberg and Alfred Wolfsohn: a personal encounter, by Penny Kreitzer

In 2009 I created a one woman show in New York, based on the rehearsals that had taken place in 1982 in Jerusalem when The Jerusalem Drama Workshop created a multi-actor performance of Charlotte Salomon’s Leben? Oder Teater for the Israel Festival.

The Actors Rehearse the Story of Charlotte Salomon tells the story of what happened, when Charlotte’s stepmother, Paula, came to oversee our rehearsals.

In 1982, Paula was 86. Charlotte had perished in Auschwitz at age 26 and Alfred Wolfsohn had died in London, in 1962, from the effects of the mustard gas he had inhaled during the first World War. The information Paula gave is hers and that is what we have to go on.

The first hurdle is that Paula – an elegant, proud, educated and very powerful personality – had assumed that The Jerusalem Drama Workshop was in fact, The Jerusalem Theatre. The Jerusalem Theatre is a large, beautiful, elegant building in Jerusalem. The JDW had been given teaching and rehearsal quarters in a bomb shelter in a dusty park where dogs ran and children played on swings. It was underground, dark, with vinyl floors, and was quite a shock for Paula. But she came to understand that this was for our rehearsals only. The performance would take place at a respectable theatre in Jerusalem – the Khan Theatre and it was, indeed, part of the illustrious Israel Festival.

The second hurdle is that I was playing Paula in the production. Paula had been an accomplished opera singer, an alto in Berlin. After the war, she had taught well known opera singers in Amsterdam. To say that she was in shock at seeing and hearing me, was an understatement. She could not contain herself. “I would never have put my hands like this girl does.” She offered to give me singing lessons. Every morning she climbed up 74 stone steps to my apartment, sat down at the piano, and started the lesson. With sighs of exasperation and “Nein. Nein. Not so”, she finally exploded in a rehearsal and said “This girl is a good actress. But she has no voice. She should put on the recording of Kathleen Ferrier and mouth the words. Mouth the words. That is all that she can make.” A heated exchange ensued between Paula and my director, Joyce Miller. Joyce was intimidated by Paula but she had a stronger ethic to protect her actors. She let Paula have it in no uncertain terms. Ultimately Paula apologized and gave me a gold plated brooch in the shape of a “P” saying “P for Penny. Und P for Paula.” And so we established a kind of a friendship.

Paula was very much like Charlotte painted her. She had that straight-backed bearing. She had a huge presence. It is clear why Charlotte was enamored of her as a child and also kept her distance. Paula had a strong sense of right and wrong. In a letter to Frau Khan, Charlotte’s maternal grandmother who is called Frau Knarre in her “singspiel”, she wrote “Liebe Frau Knarre, I am writing to tell you that you may not visit Charlotte any longer. As her stepmother I am entrusted with all her well-being.”

Paula was extremely brave during those early Nazi years. She and Kurt Singer, whom Charlotte calls Professor Kling Klang, were instrumental in founding the Judischer Kulturbund. (Jewish Culture Association).

The Kulturbund was an organization that allowed Paula to provide work to Jews. This was a way to protect Jews who had lost their work from being arrested by the Nazis. “We put a violin into their hands even though they did not know how to play. So that they would be safe, in an orchestra, for a little while longer, while trying to escape.” Paula told me that she was extremely proud of the work with the Kulturbund. She saved lives.

Kurt Singer introduced Paula to Alfred Wolfsohn. Her version is that he came to her because of the Kulturbund. Wolfsohn’s version is that he gave her voice lessons. Her version is that “He had strange ideas of “teori und praktai.” He thought the voice should come from under the ground. “Like zoh und zoh.” She made deep sounds that seemed mocking and then added, “You do know that he was for one year – ill.” She was interested in his work on opening the soul but was very clear that without knowing how to “work the muscles” it was not possible to sing.

As the war progressed it was thought best to send Charlotte to stay with her grandparents in Villefranche-sur-Mer where they thought she would be safe. Finally, it was too late for Paula and Charlotte’s father, Albert. Paula and her husband were sent to Sachsenhausen in Germany and later to Westerbork, in Holland. Albert Salomon was a doctor. The Nazis saw him as being valuable. She told me that they were finally able to escape to the train station when she managed to get access to the Kommandant’s telephone. “I made my voice low. Zoh. I told the guard “Let Dr. Salomon pass”. It sounds rather remarkable. It is the story she told me. They survived. Kurt Singer perished in a concentration camp.

From the paintings of Daberlohn (Alfred Wolfsohn) and the amount of time Charlotte gives to his theories it seems there may have been a sexual relationship between the young Charlotte and Wolfsohn. Or it could have been her own strong fantasy about him. Paula was adamant that nothing had happened. She was just a young girl. For sure Charlotte was profoundly affected by him, his theories, and the attention he gave her. After her grandmother committed suicide it is clear that Charlotte had a choice: to go the way of her family or to do something “wildly eccentric.” It seemed clear to me, in doing the play, that Charlotte’s choice to create Art came from what she had learned from Wolfsohn. After the war, Paula took Charlotte’s paintings to London and showed them to Wolfsohn.

She said “He wept. He said “I did not know.”

Penny Kreitzer

Penny Kreitzer

Penny Kreitzer is one of the “first 49” who came to Malérargues from London in 1974 and who will be reuniting in June 2024 to celebrate the jubilee anniversary. She is a professional actress and playwright. She was born in South Africa and now lives in California.


What are we working on

Archives du Centre Artistique International Roy Hart

Digitization of the Wolfsohn, Hart, and Roy Hart Theatre archives

All month, the Brazilian work team – Dr. Roosevelt Lins Silva, librarian and digital archival expert, Federal University of Maranhão, Brazil, and Pamela Cristina Silva de Almeida – has been on-site in Malérargues for the first phase of the archival digitization project that is being overseen by Paula Molinari, Roy Hart Centre Teacher and ArcheCOM volunteer member in collaboration with Kevin Crawford, Ivan Midderigh, João Charepe, and Siobhán McCann.

This meticulous work requires adherence to rigorous international standards and is made possible by the combined talents of the team who bring to the table both academic and research expertise as well as strong artistic sensibilities. Pamela is an artistic producer, who runs her own company in Brazil called Bibi Produções, and she is an accomplished percussionist and stage performer, as well as a vocal trainer for actors and singers. Roosevelt, in addition to being expert in library science and archival systems, is also a guitarist, and is dedicated to preserving the collections of institutions dedicated to the arts in Brazil. Creating a system for searching, referencing, and organizing the material in our extensive archives, would not be possible without an understanding of the world of the performing arts.

Project manager Paula explains that this has enabled the creation of an archiving protocol that responds to the specificity of the material, whilst respecting strict international archival standards. Paula’s experience of the Roy Hart Centre voice work and its history over the past twenty years has enabled her to provide the very particular insight and care that managing this project necessitates, including her interactions with Clara and Paul who began the work of preserving these archives many years ago.

Important to note is that the team aims to work on, to save, and to protect all files, without exception. The purpose of the project is to create the conditions for access to this uniquely valuable material, to ensure it is safeguarded for perennity, to digitize it for distribution, and to take the necessary steps to ensure that the legacy of Alfred Wolfsohn, Roy Hart, and the Roy Hart Theatre is preserved.

The work is laborious, the technical challenges multiple, and the ten-hour days have been taking their toll on our team who nevertheless persist in the tradition of everything that we stand for. This work will continue remotely throughout the coming year.

Many thanks to Paula, Pamela, Roosevelt, Kevin and all the ArcheCOM team.

To donate to the Archives Fundraising Campaign in support of this project, please click here, please click here.

This project has been made possible by the generous support of the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles Occitanie, the Commune de Thoiras, the Federal University of Maranhão, Brazil, the SCI Fondation de Malérargues, and the Malérargues Endowment Fund.

Région Occitanie Mairie de Thoiras  logo UFMA Brazil   Fonds de dotation Malérargues


Teintures murales de l'artiste textile M'Anne (Anne Pernell)

Commission a personalized quilt and support our fundraising campaign

We invite you to support the Centre’s Fundraising Campaign for the preservation of the archives by commissioning a personalized, hand-made work of art.

The textile artist M’Anne (Anne Pernell) is currently receiving orders for a new series of quilted wall hangings. You can send the artist personal photos as a reference for your quilt’s design, or you can choose photos from Ivan Midderigh’s Photographic Archives.

50% of the proceeds will be donated to The Archives Fundraising Campaign of the Centre Artistique International Roy Hart, and 50% to Rumbos Voice Studio’s Rosalie Scholarship to support voice students from Latin America.

Prices range from $300-600 USD + shipping, depending on the complexity and size of the design. The quilts are made from recycled fabric. Payment plans are possible.

If you’ve already made a donation to the Fundraising Campaign, and would like to commission a quilt, we can credit some or all of your previous payment towards your purchase. Contact @quilts_by_manne on Instagram with the message “I want to support The CAIRH Archives Fundraising Campaign” to get started!

News from Malérargue

Call for applications for SPRINGTERNS 2024: A collaborative project with the SCI Fondation de Malérargues (4-14 April 2024)

Internships Centre Roy Hart“Springterns” is an annual programme during which participants are hosted by the SCI to participate in hands-on activities and singing lessons. This year’s activities include work in the archives, château, and gardens in preparation for the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Roy Hart Theatre’s arrival at Malérargues, as well as daily group singing lessons. For further details and to submit your application to participate, please contact Ian Magilton at magiltonsci@gmail.com. Preference will be given to candidates with experience of Roy Hart Centre singing work and of Malérargues, in particular as interns.

Photos of previous years here.

50 Years of Theatre and Waste

Fifty years ago, while we were still in London our “Vision” for Malérargues was of a better quality of
life and theatre. I came to Malérargues to make theatre, but found myself almost immediately plunged into the challenge of sewage…. and I still am

Over the years we have made a lot of good theatre and we have cleaned up a lot of waste. There is still work to be done. In the interest of an efficient and healthy treatment of our waste water and sewage and to protect the environment we will only use bio-degradable cleaning products, soaps, and toilet paper at Malérargues, and we ask you to do the same. – Ian Magilton, co-Manager, SCI Fondation de Malérargues


The Centre Artistique International Roy Hart has launched a major fundraising campaign to fund the conservation of our archives and the creation of a dedicated website for online research. Donations can be made via PayPal or “HelloAsso”, a French payment site which guarantees that your data will not be commercialized. For further information and to make a donation please click here. Many thanks in advance for your support!

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