• Access Accents

  • Received Pronunciation (RP) - An Accent Training Resource for Actors
  • By: Gwyneth Strong, Penny Dyer
  • Narrated by: Penny Dyer, Denise Gough
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-26-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.4 (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Access Accents bring the highly sought-after voice techniques of top voice coach Penny Dyer to the actor's audio device. They offer a unique opportunity to prepare for auditions at short notice.
Included in this programme:

A description of the accent and region
Examples of resident speakers
Penny Dyer and actor Denise Gough working on the accent and text
Practice sentences
The text example

Penny Dyer is an internationally renowned Voice and Dialect coach and a leading specialist in theatre, film, and TV work.
Gwyneth Strong is an actress known especially for her role as Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses and for a wide range of contemporary theatre and TV work.
©2007 Gwyneth Strong and Penny Dyer (P)2007 2007 Methuen Drama
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5 out of 5 stars
By BG on 10-04-07

Wonderful resource

It's a wonderful opportunity to hear RP being discussed by an English acting coach and an Irish actress. This is much more helpful than learning RP from an American teacher, no matter how well trained. The British discussion gives an insight you'll never get from listening to American discussions -- not just the How's of the accent, but lots of the Why's. For example, I had never heard that the reason the tongue stays low in the mouth for RP is that for many years English society held that it was vulgar for the tongue to be visible even during speech.

There is one unfortunate thing about this Audible release: they refer several times to the information in the "booklet that accompanies this disc" (including mentioning that the practice sentences can be found in the booklet), but, of course, there is no booklet available for the Audible version.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Ann Booker on 06-27-15

Not a training but...

What disappointed you about Access Accents?

This really isn't a training resource. Granted if you are careful enough and born British can pick-up few pointers to add one or two nuances to your range but, as I said it is not a training tape

What didn’t you like about Penny Dyer and Denise Gough ’s performance?

performance was fine, it just wasn't what it is advertised as

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By James Leader on 01-23-15


There are some good tips and helpful analogies here, but it feels like a lot is missing. And, without the accompanying booklet, this recording simply isn't as helpful as it could be. I'm sorry I used my credit on it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By G.F.P. on 06-07-16

Excellent introduction

It has given me a very broad introduction of RP including its context & position of muscle besides examples of words sentences & discourses

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