Zabarjad Salam, dialect coach on Behind the Beautiful Forevers, speaks

4th January 2015

Meera Syal in Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith
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The dialect coach on Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre talks to Suman Bhuchar about how she helped David Hare’s adaptation of Katherine Boo’s novel about life in a Mumbai slum achieve the right degree of vocal authenticity. Recorded at the National Theatre, 14 December 2014.

There is a level of comedy in accent and dialect work. I think it is in our nature as humans to joke and play with sounds and accents…  and I think the Indian accent is a victim of that as well.