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Accents & Dialects for Stage & Screen

This guide is designed to provide an overview of resources available in the libraries relating to accents and dialects.


To practice application - applying accent to a text specifically written for that accent or dialect - you'll need to explore the Library's plays collection. This page collects recommendations for browsing plays with accents and dialects and for streaming performances to help you practice!

If you're just looking for excerpts to practice with, check out the monologue collection below.

Finding Plays

Looking for a play that features a specific dialect?

  1. Use Play Index (linked below) and type the dialect you're looking for in the search box, for example, "dialect Cockney" or "dialect Scottish."
  2. Search our library catalog for the Title of the play to see if we have it in our collection.

There are also free tools online that allow you to search for plays -- try a keyword search for your accent/dialect and see what comes up!

Stream Productions