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Voice and sounding is an integrated element in dramatherapy, as in acting and life in general. This article reflects on voicework that focuses on the intimate relationship between breathing, sounding and an embodied sense of self. The notion of listen carefully emphasises the receptive aspect of arts practice and of introversion as a foundation for authentic and healthy expression. The article addresses ‘the presence of absence’ and our ability to listen with awareness to what is implicit but not yet made conscious. It was inspired by feminist philosopher Adriana Cavarero, who proposes a philosophy of voice that challenges logo-centric Western philosophical thinking. Her work underpins the relationship between voice and identity. The discussion draws from experience of three different approaches that integrate vocal somatic exploration and a holistic approach to arts, health and life. These are the legacy of Roy Hart and Alfred Wolfsohn, Movement with touch and sound (Sesame), and Fitzmaurice Voicework®. This article addresses a broad professional community interested in the field of voice in drama and theatre practice for educational and therapeutic purposes.