Over the course of the workshop, we will focus on Received Pronunciation, Standard Southern British and the accents of London. We will explore the key features of these accents and apply them to text.

Areas covered include:

  • Ear training and listening exercises, identifying a framework to analyse sounds.
  • Developing articulatory agility.
  • Oral posture and muscle patterns, analysing tongue, lip and jaw movement.
  • Sound placement and resonant focus.
  • Exploring key physical vowel and consonant changes; employing exercises to build muscle memory in the accent.
  • Study the accents rhythms, stresses, intonation patterns and tunes.

This course will help you gain confidence when auditioning or self-taping in an accent. No previous experience of accent training is required.

The course will be led by Gavin O’Donoghue. Gavin is the Dialect Coach at The Lir Academy, as well as the Director of the Foundation Diploma in Acting & Theatre. Gavin has also taught classes at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, The Arts Educational School and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His most recent theatre projects as Dialect Coach include Embargo (Fishamble/DTF), Solar Bones (Rough Magic/Kilkenny Arts Festival), A Christmas CarolThe Glass MenagerieAssassins (The Gate Theatre), The Playboy of The Western World (Lyric Theatre Belfast/DTF), Venus in Fur (Rough Magic/SEEDS). He was Dialect Coach on the Oscar-Nominated Short Film Drama Detainment (Twelve Media). He continues to coach actors privately working on productions across the theatre, film & television industry in Ireland and the UK. Gavin is a graduate of The Samuel Beckett CentreTrinity College where he studied Drama and Theatre Studies prior to training as an Actor at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He worked as an actor in the Theatre and on Radio in the UK before studying on the MA in Voice Studies program at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.