Matthew Collins is a voice coach working with clients who range from prisoners and business people to members of the Women’s Institute. He is also a writer and professional speaker.

For ten years he was ‘Special Assignments Man’ on BBC TV’s The Travel Show. (A curious job… Each week a stunned Matthew was given tickets, money and a surprise travel assignment – anything from an overland trip to Spain with his leg in plaster to sample travelling facilities for disabled people; to a six-days-and-nights coach trip to Athens and back with only a half-hour break in Athens; to a week in a French nudist camp where single men and photography were banned – he was alone with three cameras around his neck…)

He also presented on Wogan, Open Air, This Morning, Well Worth A Visit… And (not his finest hour) an Anglia TV quiz show. He brought up two sons alone, wrote books and articles about their travails and travels, and ran prison Fathers Workshops.

Today, the work he most loves is encouraging non-thespians to explore their voices by going beyond their vocal comfort zones. And to encourage everyone to delight in speaking great words. In public or in private – whether by delivering a speech or presentation; exploring the power of Shakespeare’s language; speaking a poem; or reading the words of a great story aloud.

Over these discombobulating, last two years Matthew’s run online and in-person Voice Courses; Community Poetry-Speaking sessions; and Explore Shakespeare by Speaking Him workshops. He’s also done online and in-person work for businesses and schools.

He presently does corporate voicework in The City; runs a Voice Club at We Work, assisting sales teams with pitches; and helps businesses with corporate story-telling.

Recent schools work includes an in-person presentation about Language, Habitual Coarseness and Social Media for the London Oratory School’s Sixth Form Well-Being week; a talk to Dulwich College about Teaching Shakespeare to Prisoners; and a Voice Workshop for King’s Worcester. He will be back at King’s in late May.

His most recent public workshop (spring 2022), Explore Shakespeare by Speaking Him, was at Bell House in Dulwich where a community came together – physically, vocally and socially – to explore Shakespeare’s words and their own voices.

Matthew’s other current projects include a recently-recorded short audio play starring Paul Copley (The Archers; Coronation Street; Last Tango in Halifax) that Matthew wrote and directed (details to follow this summer) and a play about a play in a prison – to be produced later in 2022.


“Within seconds of him
walking onto the stage, I knew I’d booked the right person. Matthew had 1700 ladies nursing sore ribs
from their laughter. The
feedback from members
can be summarised as:
Matthew made us feel GOOD!”



—Margaret Key, National Chairman,
Townswomen's Guilds


“British colleagues
kept commenting on my French accent. This was
unhelpful and Matthew 
helped me acquire a more
useful British accent.
He also helped enormously with my work presentations.”

—Suzanne, Particle Physicist


Matthew’s Shakespeare
workshops are dynamic
and entertaining. His
enthusiasm and energy
are so important, his
communication skills
unique and his creativity
contagious. And he always creates something new.
Merci beaucoup Matthew
pour cette merveilleuse
cooperation avec le Lycée”.

—Nicole Wagner, Head of English,
Lycée Charles de Gaulle, South Kensignton


“Great fun…..
A must!”

—Daily Telegraph on
Matthew's Travels - 10 Years of Trips for The Travel Show

“A child’s eye view
of that great continent.”

—Daily Express on
Across America with the Boys

Lockdown Online Voicework 2021

These Sessions are over now. But get in touch if you’re interested and they could return.

Forty Minute Monday-to-Friday-Morning Online Poetry-Speaking sessions for the price of a coffee (£3.50). Feel the benefits of speaking a poem on the mind, body and spirit.

Explore Shakespeare by Speaking Him. Three hour online workshops on individual plays (£25): Romeo and Juliet; Macbeth; Hamlet; King Lear… (And, if you’re a school or organisation, get in touch and Matthew will put a workshop together on the play you want to explore.)