The Actors Centre

The Play's the Thing - Rehearsing with an American Accent

WHAT IS IT? A day-long workshop, reading a selection of scenes in a General American accent, in pairs and small groups.

HOW WILL IT WORK? Terry will help you learn how to maintain an authentic General American accent throughout the rehearsal process and into performance. We will look at how the accent affects style, rhythm and changes in flow, where the power lies, the subtle changes of speed and tone, the energy of the piece and of the characters and finding and using the correct muscularity and breath strength for the accent. Please bring your own copies of any scripts you want to work on or we can work on a scene from any of the following: Twelve Angry Men (Rose), Speed The Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross (Mamet), All My Sons, Death of A Salesman (Miller) and The Safe Sex Trilogy (Fierstein). Some photocopies scenes will be available. Example CDs will be available for an extra cost.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? Learn how to maintain an authentic general American accent throughout the rehearsal process and through to performance, solidifying your accent usage.

Price £30

Workshop tier: ALL LEVELS

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Terry Besson

Terry is one of the country’s leading accent and dialect specialists. His vast experience gained over 30 years working on film, TV, radio and theatre projects has given him a unique approach to the vocal and physical changes needed when approaching acting in another accent. He has worked on such diverse projects as the films Awaydays, Clubbed, Welcome to the Punch, Captain Phillips, Get Lucky, TUPAC, Hotel Taliban, the TV series Poirot, Privates and Garrow’s Law. He is currently voice consultant at London Zoo!


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