Mark Langley

"Mark is my favourite dialect coach with whom I love to work because he makes the dialect very easy to understand and easy to grasp. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a professional coach and hope to work with him soon sometime!”

KIERSTON WAREING
Actress

Dialect

Being a dialect coach is a great privilege; it is an honour to be a part of an actor’s working process. The more I coach, the more I realise that I start afresh with every actor, so my fascination with the work never ceases.

 

Dialect work is about releasing meaning from a text and it falls into three distinct stages.

 

  • Teaching the “rules” of an accent to give actors the ability to work freely with a script.
  • Translating what actors want to ‘say’ with a line into the rhythmic and sound structures of the accent.
  • Fine tuning the performance by noting a run-through and making sure the actors have everything in place.

 

I have worked with dialects for over 20 years, so I have an extensive knowledge of dialect theory and of a range of accents. The following lists my production credits as a dialect coach, but it only gives some idea of the range of dialects I cover.

 

American

Standard

Pacific Overtures (dir. Chris Monks), Singin’ in the Rain (dir. Jude Kelly - later transferred to the Royal National Theatre), South Pacific (dir. Deborah Paige), Singin’ in the Rain (Revival and National Tour dir. Jude Kelly), The Wizard of Oz (dir. Jude Kelly), Mayhem (dir. Tim Stark), The Graduate (dir. Chris Monks), Proof (Robin Herford).

East

Angels in America (dir. Phil Wilmot), Howie the Rookie (dir. Martin Harris), A View from the Bridge (dir. Deborah Paige), Misery (dir. Natalie Wilson), On Golden Pond (dir. Chris Monks), The Odd Couple (dir. Roger Haines), Brighton Beach Memoirs (dir. Natalie Wilson), Death of a Salesman (dir. Neil Sissons), Proof (dir. Gwenda Hughes).

Mid

The Man Who Had All the Luck (dir. Michael Grandage/David Hunt), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (dir. Chris Monks).

South

The Rose Tattoo (dir. Tina Earl), To Kill a Mocking Bird (dir. Chris Monks), Driving Miss Daisy (dir. Robin Herford).

Black American-English

Jar the Floor (dir. Topher Campbell), Fences (dir. Helen Parry), Mules (dir. Debbie Yip).

 

Asian

East is East (dir. Natalie Wilson), Unsuitable Girls (dir. Kully Thiari), Katy Clay (dir. Jill Rezzano).

 

Australian

A Conversation (dir. Jacob Murray).

 

English

Received Pronunciation

Trelawny of the Wells (dir. Wyllie Longmore), Lettuce and Lovage (dir. Natasha Betteridge), Secrets of the Stone Age (C4), The Lemon Princess (dir. Ruth Garvey), Girls in Love (Granada), An Ideal Husband (dir. Gwenda Hughes), Poor Mrs Pepys (dir. Heather Davis), Sweeny Todd (dir. David McVicar – Opera North), Lulu (dir. Richard Jones – English National Opera) Bleak House (dir. Theresa Heskins), The Holding (Pistachio and Notorious Films).

Cheshire

Safari Party (dir. Stefan Escreet).

East Anglia

The Sea (dir. Roger Haines), The Crucible (dir. David O’Shea), David Copperfield (dir. Giles Havergal) Top Girls (dir. Roxanna Silbert).

Kent

Great Expectations (dir. Theresa Heskins).

London

Our Country’s Good (dir. Dickon Tyrell), Mojo (dir. Deborah Paige), Vurt (dir. Liam Steel), Somewhere the Shadow (dir. John McGrath).

North East

Kitty and Kate (dir. Sue Wilson).

North West

Coronation Street (Granada), Accrington Pals (dir. Simon Molloy), A Taste of Honey (dir. Stuart Wood), Cartwright Follies (dir. Paul Mitchell), Mary Barton (dir. Sarah Frankcom), Early Doors (BBC 2), Christmas Is Miles Away (dir. Sarah Frankcom), Pomegranate (dir. Jo Coombes), Monster (dir. Jacob Murray).

Nottingham

Touched (dir. David O’Shea), Saturday Night Sunday Morning (dir. Joyce Branagh).

South West

The Country Wife (dir. Joanna Reed), Wycliffe (HTV), Blue Remembered Hills(dir. Laurie Samson), Jamaica Inn (dir. Theresa Heskins).

North Yorkshire

Jane Eyre (dir. Nadia Molinari), Wuthering Heights (dir. Malcolm Sutherland).

East Yorkshire

Flamingo Land (Dir. Gwenda Hughes), The Memory of Water (dir. Kevin Shaw).

South Yorkshire

Kes (dir. Natasha Betteridge), Kes (dir Gwenda Hughes), Dream (Acier Productions), The Glee Club (dir. Theresa Heskins), Brassed Off (dir. Kevin Shaw), Kes (dir. Kevin Shaw)

West Yorkshire

The Cucumber Man (dir. Michael Birch), Spend! Spend! Spend! (dir. Justin Green), Broken Angel (dir. Gail McIntyre), Spend! Spend! Spend! (dir. Jeremy Sams - Plymouth Theatre Royal and then Piccadilly Theatre),A Good Thief (YTV), Billy Liar (dir. Chris Monks), Huddersfield (dir. Alex Chisholm), Coming Around Again (dir. Sarah Punshon), Crap Dad (dir. Gail McIntyre), The Arbour (dir. Anna Mackmin), Dead Clever (Granada).

 

European

Oh, What a Lovely War! (dir. Wyllie Longmore), Today (dir. Paul Mitchell), Machinal (dir. Maggie Ford), Mad Forest (dir. Paul Mitchell), Oh, What a Lovely War! (dir. David O’Shea), Widows (dir. Wyllie Longmore), Carmen (dir. Chris Monks), All the Ordinary Angels (dir. Michael Buffong), The Bat (dir. Chris Monks), The Reindeer Monologues (dir. Martin Harris – Rocket Theatre Co.), Capital (dir. James Grieves).

 

Irish

Northern

Suzanne Hecabe (dir. Helen Parry), The Building of the Titanic (Granada).

Western

Playboy of The Western World (dir. Julia North), A Skull in Connemara(dir. Martin Harris), The Lonesome West (dir. Chris Monks), Dancing at Lunghasa (dir. Gwenda Hughes), Electra (dir. Jo Coombes), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (dir. Paul Hunter), The Lonesome West (dir. Stefan Escreet)

Southern

Big Maggie (dir. Gwenda Hughes), Once a Catholic (dir. Chris Monks).

 

African

South African

Sizwe Bansi is Dead (dir. Chris Monks).

Sudanese

Body Farm (BBC)

 

Scottish

Perfect Days (dir. Sue Wilson), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (dir. Gwenda Hughes), Perfect Days (dir. Iqbal Kahn)

 

Welsh

Maybe Tomorrow (dir. Jo Coombes)