Jamaica 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 29

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 03/04/1983

PLACE OF BIRTH: Jamaica

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: West Indian

OCCUPATION: actor

EDUCATION: university

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Subject was raised in Brisbane, Australia, from age 3.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject attended schools in Brisbane, Australia.

The text used in our recordings of scripted speech can be found by clicking here.

RECORDED BY: Geraldine Cook

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/10/2009

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Um, at the moment, um, oh, I’m an actor, I just finished doing a show with the Melbourne Theatre Company. I did ah a play by Joanna Murray Smith. Um, which was the first professional job I’ve done, I guess you could say, since graduating from Drama school. Um, at the moment I’m working on a piece back at drama school, with one of the ah postgraduate students, creating a show from scratch which is, um, difficult and has its own, crazy problems making a work from nothing essentially, well not nothing, but just having an idea and then trying to build a whole show around that one idea, um, which is very different, er, to what I’ve just come out of which was a state theatre show and then coming back into something that’s really based in creating from the very beginning. Um, and then after I finish this, I will be starting to rehearse a musical with Geoffrey Rush, which is exciting, um, he’s a lovely man, um, you know, should be a bit of fun. It’s kind of good I think, since in the months since, in the year since graduating, I’ve kind of got a chance to do the different kinds of theatre, so a kind of generic, commercial audience, state theatre show, and something that’s, then doing something that’s, um, more, creating from scratch, and independent or a bit left, and then going and doing a musical, so been quite happy with dipping my finger in lots of pies, I guess.
[Subject concludes by reading “Inglan is a Bitch,” by Linton Kwesi Johnson, in a Jamaican accent.]

TRANSCRIBED BY: Geraldine Cook

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/10/2009

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

COMMENTARY BY: N/A

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

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