Accenture Gala Film – Do I Sound Gay?

BFI Saturday March 28th Studio
“Recently single and contemplating a return to the dating scene, David Thorpe has just one obstacle in his way; his voice, which he deems decidedly un-masculine.  Determined not to resign himself to a life as yet another ‘nattering ninny’, Thorpe embarks on a quest to shift his tone and drill out  the gay from his speech.  But where does this so-called ‘gay voice’ come from?  And why does he care in the first place?  From its provocative starting point, Thorpe’s polemic charts the evolution of the gay voice within queer cultures, taking in everything from Disney movies to gay porn in the process, to highlight  the social and political issues that exist at the heart of his very personal problem.  Flirting with a spot of science along the way, and featuring interviews with George Takei, Dan Savage and David Sedaris, among a whole host of others, what begins as a jovial and even frivolous discussion of masculine stereotypes evelves into an altogether more discerning account of one man’s journey to self-acceptance.  Giving voice to an issue so rarley discussed withing gay culture, this witty and enlightening documentary is guaranteed to get you talking” MB

David Thorpe & Tim Gunn
David Thorpe & Tim Gunn

The New Voice and Presentation

“No-one can listen to a boring voice for more than a couple of minutes.
No-one wants to or enjoys listening to a pushed (over-projected) or agressive voice.
The overbeautiful voice is pointless if we hear the beauty of the voice rather than the words being spoken.
We don’t want falseness – false power, charm or enthusiasm.
We want the truth and we want your full attention.”
Patsy Rodenburg

Our Next Voice and Presentation Workshop is on April 18th
Click here for details and to book
At the Voice and Presentation workshop you’ll need to:

Turn up, pay attention, tell the truth and be open to new experience.

The three desired results from your Presentation:
People listening to what you’re presenting.
People thinking about what you’re presenting.
People acting creatively  upon your Presentation



Received Pronunciation

Here are a couple of examples of Received Pronunciation. Both from the same era, the early 1900s: the writers Somerset Maugham and Virginia Woolf. Virginia Woolf’s voice sounds on the surface firm and deep, however if you listen closely you’ll hear in the back of the open tone, an inkling of the extreme sensitivity, just as in her contemporary T.S. Elliot when he said “Human beings can’t bear too much reality”.

Virgina Woolf - click to hear her voice
Virgina Woolf – click to hear her voice

This accent is still spoken by some people in this country and abroad. I’ve met people from Pakistan, educated at public school who speak this extreme Received Pronunciation (RP) and there are pockets of ex-pats throughout the world who still speak with this RP accent.  Other terms for RP are BBC English, Non-regional pronunciation (NRP) and Standard Southern British English (SSBE). The Speak English Clearly course has its origins in RP but is Standard English spoken in a contemporary form.

Click here to listen to the voice of Somerset Maugham
Click here to listen to the voice of Somerset Maugham


Some people are “born” into standard English speaking families, others acquire the accent through Public School. It’s always a personal choice of how you wish to use your accent. One of the originators of Made in Chelsea who was in the Big Brother House at the time of Dermot o’Leary – used his RP accent to gain prestige and influence with the other Big Brother housemates. When I brought this up on the Big Brother show with his parents, his dad said (and I paraphrase) that they hadn’t sent him to Public School for nothing.
When the accent is used in this way it’s known as a prestige accent.

Click here if you’d like to learn more about enjoyable and affordable courses for speaking with a standard English accent.  Our next course starts on April 22nd.  Bookings (including deposit bookings ) before April 12th will get 10% off.