‘If you want to speak the right type of English Accent for your play or character, this is the only book for you. Another detailed, practical and witty dialect handbook from Jan and Edda. Brilliant!’ Jeannette Nelson; Head of Voice, the National Theatre.
In our experience the contemporary acting industry demands of actors a Neutral Standard English Accent. This is an accent which can be considered neutral in terms of class, race, age, gender and occupation. It is an accent that is quite different from the old Tradional RP, which nowadays would be considered too 'posh' to be neutral.
In this book we offer a complete course in how to do this Neutral Standard English Accent, as well as introducing you to the most useful Upper and Upper-Middle-Class varieties of accent.
The first is Traditional RP, a catch-all accent that is quite distinct from a Neutral Standard English Accent. We then venture into the accents of Imperial Lords and Ladies, Military, Matrons and The Landed Gentry, Debs, Dandies and Bright Young Things, Wartime Wendies and BBC Berties, Sloane Rangers, before finally giving a nod to the New Wave of upper and upper-middle-class speakers; the Regular Set, the Chelsea Set and the Shoreditch Set.