DATES/TIME: Fridays 22nd, 29th January, 5th, 12th February- 10am (approx 1.5 hours)
In this small group session, Jessica works with actors to delve a bit deeper into the Estuary accent and help you apply it to a text.
What is Estuary, you ask? Estuary English is an English accent associated with the area along the River Thames and its estuary, including London. Phonetician John C. Wells proposed a definition of Estuary English as “Standard English spoken with the accent of the southeast of England”. (Wikipedia) It’s a little bit London, a little bit RP. Famously, think Ricky Gervais or for those of you who have worked with Jess, Jessica Dennis!
You’ll look at how to break down an accent and different methods for learning, including mimicry, phonetics, mouth shaping and placement.
Week 1 (22nd January)- nailing consonants
Week 2 (29th January)- shaping vowels
Week 3 (5th February)- putting together the pieces
Week 4 (12th February)- applying your new accent to text
- Group warm-up (muted, so enjoy yourself!)
- Chat about tone with work on specific aspects of how to nail any accent
- Q & A, plus one-to-one work with Jessica
Jessica Dennis is an actor, singer and voice teacher.
Her variety of accents and voices have been seen and heard in Henry V, The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Rose, York); The Wind In the Willows (Polka Theatre); Meet Me in the Ruins (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree Theatre) and Offside (Futures Theatre, National Tour).
She is also a regular performer for the award-winning Wireless Theatre Company and Audible.