Dialect coaching on and off set.
Everyone learns dialects differently, and wether you are a visual, auditory or kinestetic learner, I aim to work responsively to meet your needs. I can coach most accents and dialects and have the skills to analyse and coach any that I am not familiar with. Accents I have coached include:
General American, New York, Texan, Kentucky and other USA accents
RP (received pronunciation) and variations of RP including the Neutral Standard English Accent NSEA
British regional dialects, including, but not limited to Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Yorkshire, Cockney, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Devonshire and Essex.
Australian and New Zealand
French, German, Norwegian, Finnish and a range of European accents
Completed in Early 2019, The Luminaries is set in 1860’s New Zealand, and has been my biggest dialect coaching job to date. I worked every day for four months with an international cast of actors and coached more than 30 different accents, and more than a dozen varieties of RP/NSEA.
I was responsible for designing the dialects in consultation with the director, Claire McCarthy, the writer Eleanor Catton (Booker Prize winner 2013) and the producers. I worked in collaboration with the actors offset and then coached them, as required, on set throughout the production.
As an experienced actor, casting director and a qualified teacher, with considerable experience on both sides of the camera, I am an ideal choice for dialect coaching on set and off. I understand the delicate balance and sensitivity required in order to minimise disruption to the creative process, while contributing essential support.
“I had a week and a half prior to shooting (The Luminaries) to pull together a Northern UK accent, a dialect that I had never done before. The work that Perry did with me was invaluable. She was clear, concise, great to work with, and made it very easy for me. I honestly couldn’t have done it without her. I would urge anyone to work with her without question. Thank you Perry.”
Ewen Leslie: The Cry, Top of the Lake, Sweet Country, Safe Harbour, Devils Dust, Dead Europe.
"Perry is an actor's gift. She combines a thorough knowledge of English and American accents and on-set performer's 'nous' of what needs to get done. Trust her, hire her, she is most definitely worth the money. "
K. C. Kelly: Producer, actor, director. The Hobbit, The Great Maiden’s Blush, Hook Line and SInker
"Working with Perry has been a treat! I needed to ace a tricky accent in a short space of time and Perry came to my rescue. Before we’d even started she’d constructed a short and sharp guide to give me a quick ‘in’ into the specific characteristics of this particular accent. Within the space of an hour Perry and I had outlined key vowel sounds, muscularity and tonality. As we worked through the script she pointed out ‘ticks’ I had and tricks to ensure I would feel confident and overcome any words that got in my way. Going into this audition I now feel I have some quick and efficient ways to access this accent… I’m also going to have a lot of fun!”
Timmie Cameron: The Rehearsal, Sisterhood, Ur Dead to me