Kirsty Blake Knox - Independent.ie
"My favourite part of the day was elocution lessons. This is mainly because the teacher, Esther Doorly, has a voice like treacle. She could read the telephone directory and make it sound interesting. Esther told me all about the strengths and weaknesses of the Irish accent; we have lazy tongues and roll our words. She also told me who the King of Etiquette is (the queen is obviously Kate Middleton). "Marty Whelan," Esther said. "I could listen to his voice all day. He has fantastic elocution and etiquette."
I never doubted it."
Eoin O'Sullivan (Actor & Producer)
"Seamus Whelan and I were delighted to work with Esther for the MoneyForTheSun production of Tuesdays with Morrie, developing our american accents. Through Esther's character-focused approach, we not only found the character's voice, but also unlocked critical character traits that informed and enhanced the performances. A warm, fun and supportive environment, with wonderful guidance and individually tailored advice. We're looking forward to working with Esther again on future productions."
"I contacted the elocution teacher Esther Doorly because I was concerned about my German accent,
shortness of breath as well as the speed and clarity of my voice. Since I am a non-native
undergraduate psychology student that aspires to work as a practicing psychologist in Ireland in the
near future, I felt it absolutely necessary to have control of my voice. During our sessions, Esther
recognized the sounds that needed to be worked on and tailored a six-week programme for me that
aimed to equip me with the skills to become a better speaker. It was a great pleasure to work with
Esther as she is a highly trained professional that immediately understood my concerns. Moreover,
she is an exceptionally kind and open person and working with her was a delight. Admitting that you
have struggles talking, requires a high amount of vulnerability and can leave you feeling
embarrassment but Esther created a learning environment that was safe and non-judgmental.
In the end, I learned numerous techniques and skills that allow me to analyze and recognize sounds
and continue to improve my voice. I can highly recommend Esther for anyone who wishes to
improve their voice in a professional, fun and rewarding environment."
Alison Crosbie, Spotlight Account Manager Ireland
"Esther was my first choice to deliver the Spotlight Actors Voice Workshop (which booked out instantly with our membership of professional actors).
Esther is a consummate professional. She has a lifetime of experience both on the boards as a professional actress and in front of the blackboard as an amazing and energised teacher and mentor to thousands of actors.
I would advise anyone interested in Voice & Elocution to enrol with her today!
Esther brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and personal vibrancy to every aspect of professional training and deportment. She unlocks your personal, professional and intellectual potential to deliver your very best self.
Her classes are a must for anyone wishing to overcome their barriers and to achieve their goals in this competitive world.
We look forward to Esther returning again - by popular demand of our Spotlight members."
Rodrigo Ternevoy (talking to Esther McCarthy) - IrishExaminer.com "How do you relax? Lately, I'm doing a lot of sessions of Alexander Technique and vocal lessons to neutralise my accent a bit more and throughout those sessions Esther Doorly, my teacher, goes through many different relaxation techniques. I'm finding them extremely useful, especially if I'm a bit anxious on set.."
Deirdre Reynolds - Independent.ie
"Despite losing her voice ahead of the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep certainly had no problem capturing the world's attention as she accepted the Cecil B DeMille Award. Rubbishing the old adage that 'little girls should be seen and not heard', it's an Oscar-worthy trick that all women could do with adopting in the workplace, reckons elocution coach Esther Doorly.
"Counterintuitively speaking lower and slower is the key to getting your message across," explains the real-life Professor Henry Higgins, who shows me some easy exercises to help control my breathing and encourages me to embrace my Meath accent.
"You almost want to have people hanging on the edge of their seats. The moment you start shouting, you've lost everything." "
Tonyia Dowling - TV Executive & Civil Celebrant
"A confident, engaging and authoritative public speaker is not born but trained - and Esther is an expert tutor who combines the wonderful attributes of warmth, clear instruction and positive, constructive feedback. Her advice is empowering and enabled me to take ownership of my own voice and my own sense of self as a public speaker, by identifying my 'tells' and giving me the techniques to overcome them. The experience of working with Esther was invaluable and her advice will stay with me into the future. If you are nervous about speaking in public don't be - go see Esther."
Jonathan Duignan - Language School Owner and Director. "In the complex area of voice training, Esther Doorly is uniquely skilled in her ability to diagnose and rapidly remedy issues related to diction, accent and pronunciation. With a friendly, practical approach, Esther has achieved impressive results with many students whom we have referred to her clinics over the years. I wholeheartedly recommend her as a voice trainer of considerable talent and ability."
Josephine Aylward - Civil Wedding and Funeral Celebrant. "I'm really delighted with how Esther has helped to improve my delivery of tributes and eulogies. She helped me identify and overcome my own particular stumbling points and quirks, all in a warm, fun and interesting way. She's really thorough and makes you work hard, but has a gift for delivering clear guidance in a very positive and supportive manner. With her help, I'm finding my own true voice and authentic presentation style. I'd highly recommend Esther (The Elocution Room) to anyone seeking to improve their speech or presentation skills."
Day Magee (BTEC HND Performing Arts student) "Under Esther's direction, I was able to explore many facets of performance technique, including that of the voice, practicing both projection and elocution. Her background and experience in acting, and her thorough teaching approach were important resources for our class' progression in the craft."
Michelle Chami - MD Greenwich Events "On recommendation, we sought Esther's professional services to develop the communication skills of our multicultural sales team. She provided an invaluable service, maximizing the potential of individual team members. She was friendly, efficient and most importantly, achieved excellent results!"
Clare Manning "My two sons aged 7 and 5 attended elocution with Esther at the Elocution Room for three school terms. The results for both boys went far beyond my expectations. In both cases their diction, pronunciation, self confidence, pitch and ability to speak publicly improved enormously. To start with, the older boy was very shy and his pronunciation and diction needed improvement. He is now able to recite poetry very confidently in front of all of the parents in his class as well as speak very clearly and confidently on a daily basis. The younger boy had a speech impediment and Esther worked really well on all of his issues. There is a huge improvement in his speech also. Esther made the classes fun and interesting for the boys which made them want to go back every week. I would highly recommend The Elocution Room and am sure you will be as happy and surprised with the results as I am."