Williams essayed a Mummerset
accent for some of the evening's items, including a Linden Lea encore which thereby lost its gentle dignity.
If the intention was to produce poetry in the Dorset dialect, the result so far is doggerel in theatrical Mummerset
Out go Silvius and Audrey's standard mummerset
accents, and with them the usual assumption of these characters' dimness.
And what witches these were, cast as East End hoodies aimlessly mooching about, as clichd as the Mummerset
sailors leaving their nymphs on the shore at the beginning of Act III.
Any further discussion of accent in The Archers could quickly become a veritable PhD thesis, starting with Ruth's glottal stops and finishing with the diverse Mummerset
tones of Jolene and Beddy with the many-voiced Grundys occupying a geographically-challenged noman's-land in between.
Richard Stilgoe wobbles on a tightrope in Walton's slicker settings, affects a tedious Mummerset
accent for many of the others, and leaves us wondering what is the point of his involvement.
Not all of the accents rise much above stage Mummerset
and there is a hint of Brummie.