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Introduction to Accents

Short study - adult

Introduction

Update 4 September 2017: This course is now full. Please click ‘book now’ to add your name to the waiting list, and we will contact you if a place becomes available.

Accents and dialects are an essential element of the actor’s craft. Being able to sound ‘American’ or ‘Geordie’ is as important in portraying a character as wearing the right costume. But how do actors learn the right accent for a part?

Drawing on many years of experience as a dialect coach for theatre, film and television, this practical one day course led by Hilary Jones explores how dialects are shaped in the mouth and why imagination, climate and history are crucial to finding the right sound and energy for each new accent.

Through a series of fun, practical exercises you will develop a greater understanding of your own accent, why we all sound different and how to develop the vocal flexibility needed in order to sound convincing in a completely new dialect.

 

Introduction

Update 4 September 2017: This course is now full. Please click ‘book now’ to add your name to the waiting list, and we will contact you if a place becomes available.

Accents and dialects are an essential element of the actor’s craft. Being able to sound ‘American’ or ‘Geordie’ is as important in portraying a character as wearing the right costume. But how do actors learn the right accent for a part?

Drawing on many years of experience as a dialect coach for theatre, film and television, this practical one day course led by Hilary Jones explores how dialects are shaped in the mouth and why imagination, climate and history are crucial to finding the right sound and energy for each new accent.

Through a series of fun, practical exercises you will develop a greater understanding of your own accent, why we all sound different and how to develop the vocal flexibility needed in order to sound convincing in a completely new dialect.

 

Course outline

The morning will be devoted to exploring through practical exercises how accents evolve and how climate, geography, history and politics all influence the shape and sounds of language. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with a range of sound snippets from various dialects (Russian and Dublin Irish included!) in order to develop physical awareness of their mouth-space. In the afternoon we will learn one of the American dialects in detail. Through the acting of a monologue we will discover how play-writes write in the rhythms of their own dialect and how important this can be in creating the world of the play.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs





James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

Bafta winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Lifelong Learning.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

The application criteria is as follows:

  • The applicant must be applying for a drama short course at RCS. These courses can be found on the website and can include weekly classes for young people, drama credit rated short courses, drama specialist intensive weekends, summer schools and new company or blended learning experiences. It does not include any course where the subject specialism is dance, music, production or screen. If you would like to clarify whether the course you are interested in is eligible, please contact Lifelong Learning using our contact details below.
  • The applicant must be aged 25 or under at the time of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.
  • The applicant must be resident in Scotland at the point of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.

How to apply for support from the James McAvoy Drama Scholarships:

  • All applications should be made online. Please click on the link to apply.
  • Your application must be submitted before you apply for a Lifelong Learning course.
  • You will be asked to provide supporting documents with your application. These must be submitted within five working days of your application being received.

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions about the application process, or require support in accessing our application form in an alternative or accessible format, please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you.

Our Frequently Asked Questions for the scholarships can be downloaded here: James McAvoy Drama Scholarships FAQs

Exclusions:

  • The scholarship is intended to meet the cost of tuition fees only at RCS. The costs of travel, subsistence or accommodation are not eligible.
  • There is no restriction on the number of times you are able to apply providing the course applied for is different each time and funds permitting.

The James McAvoy Drama Scholarship has been established to help young Scots who live in challenged communities or circumstances to participate in the drama learning and teaching at RCS.

However, RCS Juniors and Lifelong Learning also benefits from the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme, which exists to support other young people and adult learners who might find affording tuition fees a barrier to participation.

Applicants to the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme can be at any age or stage in their development, from anywhere in the world and their interests can be in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

We accept applications all year round and you can find out more about the Agnes Allen Bursary here.





Drama at 60 Scholarship

The Drama at 60 Scholarship supports talented performers and producers of theatre, film and television gain essential skills and experience as they work towards formal training.

This scholarship offers up to three promising theatre or screen practitioners up to £1,000 to invest in a range of training activities at the Royal Conservatoire. The focus in 2016/17 will be on digital creativity as part of our New Digital Creatives scheme.

The deadline for applications for Drama at 60 Scholarships for 2017/18 is Tuesday 30 June 2017.

Before applying please read the Drama at 60 Scholarship Guidelines 2016.

To apply please send your CV, a short biography, a one-page application statement and a letter of recommendation to lifelong@rcs.ac.uk



Entry requirements

Participants on this course should be aged 16 or over.

Some experience of drama is useful though not essential.

Preparing for your course

You might also like to start exploring accents by surfing http://www.dialectsarchive.com/. This is one of the world’s most valuable and useful dialect search engines!

It is advisable to come in comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water with you.

All course material will be provided.

At a glance...

Introduction to Accents 10am–5pm 20170909 65

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in and passion for playing around with their voice. Whether you are considering applying to drama school, are involved in amateur dramatics or perhaps teach drama, this course with help you get to grips with developing this particular vocal skill.

Teaching staff

Hilary Jones

Hilary has been a member of The Centre For Voice in Performance at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 1996, having previously taught at a number of major UK drama schools, including Central, RWCMD, Rose Bruford and GSA. Her international profile includes training for The Singapore Broadcasting Company, Accents and Dialects for Flinders University and the Sydney Conservatoire in Australia, visiting Voice Professor at The Academy of Film and Theatre in Bucharest and voice coach for the award winning Teatrro Biuro Podrozy in Poland. Closer to home, she has coached on productions for The National Theatre of Scotland and The Royal Court in London. TV and film work includes Lip Service for Kudos (BBC3) Case Histories (BBC1) Waterloo Road (BBC1) and You Instead for Sigma Films.

Hilary has a particular research interest in Performance Stress, was a founding member of ISSTIP and has acted in an advisory capacity for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine. Her research profile includes examining the role of EMDR in Vocal training the findings of which were presented at a number of conferences including the British Voice Association(2010) ‘The Art of Well-being’ York St. John University (2011), and ‘Knowing Ways-Critical Reflections’ International Symposium (Edinburgh 2011). Her latest project- MEDEA – a WordPress site devoted to accents and dialects, launched in March 2015.