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Author:  wicked_boy [ Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Billy Elliot / Geordie Accent.

I know this should be posted somewhere else, but let's face it; there's not much traffic on the other boards.

With Billy Elliot being in London for five years, certain youth groups have been selected to perform the show and my youth theatre has been selected! We perform it at a local theatre, then if we're good enough we perform it at the regional finales and if the producers still like us, we get to perform at some sort of gala night in the West End!

I'm quiet looking forward to it.

Anyway, what are your guys throughts on the show? Does it deserve those million Tony's? What are the roles like? What do you think of the score / script?

And most importantly, how the hell do I master the Geordie accent?!?!? Any useful websites or audios? I've been listening to Cheryl Cole and Jor McElderry like crazy trying to pick it up. What other accent would you say is close to it?

Author:  actor [ Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Billy Elliot / Geordie Accent.

wicked_boy wrote:
I've been listening to Cheryl Cole and Joe McElderry like crazy trying to pick it up.


Ha he's my friend! It's so weird that he's now mentioned as a celebrity ever since he won X Factor :)

Anyway, he's from South Shields not Newcastle so he isn't a Geordie. Cheryl's from Newcastle though. I would say just watch the movie, listen to the CD and maybe watch some interviews on youtube with famous Geordies (Cheryl Cole, Ant and Dec...)

Author:  musialman [ Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:26 pm ]
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are you auditioning for his older brother?

Author:  wicked_boy [ Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Billy Elliot / Geordie Accent.

actor wrote:
wicked_boy wrote:
I've been listening to Cheryl Cole and Joe McElderry like crazy trying to pick it up.


Ha he's my friend! It's so weird that he's now mentioned as a celebrity ever since he won X Factor :)

Anyway, he's from South Shields not Newcastle so he isn't a Geordie. Cheryl's from Newcastle though. I would say just watch the movie, listen to the CD and maybe watch some interviews on youtube with famous Geordies (Cheryl Cole, Ant and Dec...)


Are you being serious?!?! I wanted him to win ever since his first audition!!!

Would you say in general that the South Shields and Newcastle accents are similar? Because to me (from the Midland) they sound the same more or less. Could I get away with listneing to him or would you say stick to Ant and Dec / Cole?

Author:  wicked_boy [ Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:07 am ]
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musialman wrote:
are you auditioning for his older brother?


I don't know yet. Some of the roles have already been cast. I'm not super familar with the show, I saw the film a few years back and have the cast album but I don't know what characters are suitable for me.

There's a wide range of ages, from about 9 to 18 I think. I'm a 16 year old 5 foot 5 lad, would you say that's suitable for the older brother?

Could you possibly give me some character information?

Author:  Felix Felicis [ Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:15 am ]
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wicked_boy wrote:
I'm a 16 year old 5 foot 5 lad, would you say that's suitable for the older brother?

Could you possibly give me some character information?

Well on Broadway he's currently being played by Will Chase, if that tells you anything about the type.

Author:  wicked_boy [ Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:47 am ]
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Felix Felicis wrote:
wicked_boy wrote:
I'm a 16 year old 5 foot 5 lad, would you say that's suitable for the older brother?

Could you possibly give me some character information?

Well on Broadway he's currently being played by Will Chase, if that tells you anything about the type.


Funnily enough I just googled the cast member to havve played the brother (Tony)... It seems like a suitable role if you compare me against the other people I'll be up against.

What are the ensemble roles like? I'm liking the songs for the ensemble, they seem like powerful moments.

Author:  Oli-Ol [ Thu Dec 24, 2009 9:12 am ]
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I know this is nit-picking but the 'Billy Elliot' accent isn't technically Geordie. I can't remember exactly but I believe it's County Durham (sp) which is very slightly different.

Tony sounds like a good character for you!
And if you get the chance go and see it in London because it is brilliant and will give you a much better understanding of the story. And watch the film as well.

Author:  wicked_boy [ Thu Dec 24, 2009 10:12 am ]
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Oli-Ol wrote:
I know this is nit-picking but the 'Billy Elliot' accent isn't technically Geordie. I can't remember exactly but I believe it's County Durham (sp) which is very slightly different.

Tony sounds like a good character for you!
And if you get the chance go and see it in London because it is brilliant and will give you a much better understanding of the story. And watch the film as well.


I don't see it as nit - picking. Accents can make or break an actor / character. However, for this type of production, a Geordie accent will survice as it's a wider known accent...

I plan to go out and get the film on Boxing day to get a better feel for the story, and because I'm shocked at myself for not having it already.

Author:  actor [ Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Billy Elliot / Geordie Accent.

wicked_boy wrote:
actor wrote:
wicked_boy wrote:
I've been listening to Cheryl Cole and Joe McElderry like crazy trying to pick it up.


Ha he's my friend! It's so weird that he's now mentioned as a celebrity ever since he won X Factor :)

Anyway, he's from South Shields not Newcastle so he isn't a Geordie. Cheryl's from Newcastle though. I would say just watch the movie, listen to the CD and maybe watch some interviews on youtube with famous Geordies (Cheryl Cole, Ant and Dec...)


Are you being serious?!?! I wanted him to win ever since his first audition!!!


Ha yeah he was in my class at College before he had to move down to London. I probably won't be able to see him anymore though now that he's won X Factor, I can't even keep up with him on facebook coz he's had to delete it.
Oh and Cheryl Cole is stunning in person! She and Joe came up here a couple of weeks ago to film his "homecoming" section of the final show. It was amazing :)

wicked_boy wrote:
Would you say in general that the South Shields and Newcastle accents are similar? Because to me (from the Midland) they sound the same more or less. Could I get away with listneing to him or would you say stick to Ant and Dec / Cole?


Well to me I can hear a slight difference but yes they are very similar and you could probably get away with either. I suppose to the rest of the country anyone in the North East sounds like they belong in Billy Elliot though so it doesn't really matter lol

Author:  Angel-of-Music* [ Fri Dec 25, 2009 12:24 pm ]
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Billys from Easington, which is closer to hartlepool than anything. Technically the accent would be pitmatic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitmatic). But if your going for big cities I'd look into a mackem accent.

The london cast accents are so massively wrong, even if it's geordie theyre aiming for. Speaking of which, when Billys dad gives him a football shirt when he goes away, it should have been hartlepool or sunderland.

Sorry about the ranting, my familys from Easington so it's always irritated me :lol:

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