The Actors Centre

The Play's The Thing - Rehearsing with an RP Accent

WHAT IS IT? A day-long workshop to help you learn how to maintain an authentic RP accent throughout the rehearsal process and into performance. HOW WILL IT WORK? Terry will help you learn how to maintain an authentic RP 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 of the following scripts and know your way around them: any Noel Coward or Oscar Wilde, Equus, Amadeus (Peter Shaffer), The Secret Rapture (David Hare). Some photocopied scenes will also be available. Please also bring any speeches or scenes that you would like to look at. Example CDs will be available for an extra cost. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? This workshop will put accent work into practice over a sustained period, and show you how to find clues from the text to develop accent and character. Price £30

Tutor

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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