Welcome to the website devoted to writing, artistic performance, transformative speech and chirophonetic therapy in the work of Michael Hedley Burton!
I am a performer, writer, speech therapist and poet living in Auckland, New Zealand. My major present project is the Threefold Social Organism Theatre Project – a production of a play for two people about the birth of the idea of Steiner’s Threefold Social Organism. I’m working with the therapy known as chirophonetics which I am hoping to see develop in Australia, New Zealand, China and the Philippines. I am involved with the group who performed professionally Rudolf Steiner’s four Mystery Dramas during the Nineties in Europe and who have recently given me a commission to write a script for a play that will follow on from those Four. I am a life-long student of Anthroposophy (it is 36 years since my first meeting with it in 1976), and I write poetry when I have spare time (which means, of course, that I don’t write as much these days as I would like.)
I attempt to work in all my actions out of the renewing forces of the Word, the Logos. I look with dismay and compassion at the increasing evidence of the decadence of ideas in our world and at the catastrophes that this is bringing, either already with us or still to come, and yet my work in Anthroposophy has taught me that these are shadows of the great opportunities in human evolution that are breaking in upon us.
In this website you can find information on our latest project – the piece for two-actors entitled THIS WAR IS NOT INEVITABLE. There is also material on SHAKESPEARE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HUMAN BEING, on books written and how to buy them, on poetry, on the Mystery Drama, and on chirophonetics and you can read some of my thoughts about sources for RENEWAL that are living in the WORD.