Finding the Balance
This course has to be a balance between learning skills - technical skills, and preparing the students for an audition situation, because ultimately, whoever comes to meet them, will not be thinking of them as work in progress. They will, in fact be judging them on howthey cope with the audition and what they can ‘Bring to the table”
In this second half of our first term we’re turning their attention towards theatre.
Many of the techniques, which we will be employing over the next couple of weeks, will be to do with how the actor prepares for a role.
As an actor I am expecting you to bring something to the table in the casting. You need to have thought about how you are going to portray this character. The next few weeks we will be concentrating on deconstruction. deconstructing scenes and characters.
Part of this week’s session was about learning how to construct a character and the scene in order for us to be able to deconstruct an existing scene. Also during the session we looked at “accept and build”- an improvisation technique, which allows people to get into a state of mind for accepting things that are presented to them. This again encourages the students to listen. The one thing that I'm trying to get our students to understand, is when they have been presented with scripts, they learn them, but then spend so much time concentrating on remembering the lines, that they stop listening to what is being presented to them. They begin to anticipate their next line and the thought process becomes none existent. Improvising means that they must listen and accept and build forces them to accept what they are being told and to build upon that. They are not allowed to prepare replies and theymust not reject, or block any suggestion made by the other actor. It is simply a state of mind and the result is that the actor is freed from their script and their lines and able to just respond. This is what we are aiming for with their scripted work. Learn the lines, trust that they are their, listen to what is presented to you and respond with the line. You now have a reason for saying your line.
We began by telling the story one sentence at a time, taking it in turns to carry the story. There were no rules, other than anything goes, and we can go in any direction with our ‘Tale”.
We then placed characters in bizarre parallel universes, but asked them to remain true to their situation. We briefed each actor separately and asked them not to try and guess who, or where each other were supposed to be, but just to accept anything that is presented and build upon it.
Actor A was in an aircraft, waiting to do a parachute jump.
Actor B was in a maternity Ward, waiting to give birth.
Neither was allowed to say anything which gave away their true location and the confusion was extremely amusing.
More to follow…
This is our company Blog, re-capping previous weeks sessions.