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Imitations of lives: ageing men, vocal mimicry and performing celebrity in The Trip

Allen, Mike and McCabe, Janet (2012) Imitations of lives: ageing men, vocal mimicry and performing celebrity in The Trip. Celebrity Studies 3 (2), pp. 150-163. ISSN 1939-2397.

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Abstract

This essay examines the role of the voice and vocal performance in the BAFTA award-winning BBC2 semi-improvised sitcom series, The Trip (2010a). Starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, the two men embark on a culinary road trip around Lancashire, Yorkshire and the Lake District in the interests of sightseeing and food reviewing. Behind the premise of the series being about, as Coogan explains, ‘restau- rant celebrities and their fashion-grabbing with food’ (Thorpe 2010) lies an increasingly poignant meditation on ageing and its relationship to masculinity and the male body, fame and celebrity. On this alternative menu is unease with the crunching of gears from youth to middle age, of the ageing process and all that it entails while in the media spotlight. This essay develops these themes in relation to the role of the voice and vocal performance – impersonations, crafting characters based on devising a distinctive voice – to offer a peculiar kind of meditation on the very nature of modern celebrity and ageing in the media.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): The Trip, Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, vocal performance, ageing and celebrity
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Film, Media and Cultural Studies
Depositing User: Dr Janet McCabe
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2012 16:56
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 11:01
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5182

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