TO YOU, THE ARTIST...

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IF IN DOUBT, SHOUT! (RSC blog part 2)

When I was a younger actor, I heard a phrase that stood me in good stead (for a short while) and that was ‘If in doubt, shout!’ The idea being that if you are ever caught with a piece of text that you didn’t understand, say it really loudly and confidently and no one will be any the wiser. It was, and is, a terrible bit of advice.

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PEAK PRACTICE

Here’s one for you. Take a moment to think about how you feel after an embarrassingly bad audition/rehearsal/take.
I’m sure it won’t be long before your imaginings set off a series of physical sensations. Tight breath, sweating palms, tense neck, gut wrenching cringe. We’ve all been there, grim isn’t it?!

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IMITATION

When shooting a series recently, the director approached me and asked me to bring the shared laugh down at the end of a joke my character was telling.
I realised as I processed the note, that he was absolutely right, my laugh was in no way honestly connected to the joke I was telling. It was an imitation of a laugh that I had done over a joke someone told at lunch time.

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EXCUSES

I have come to a conclusion.  Most of the reasons we use to justify a lack of progress in our life or art are excuses.
They sound good and feel good but are fairly flimsy upon closer inspection.
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Panning for gold

Brahms once remarked that the mark of an artist is how much he throws away.

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The Third Character

I’m just listening to a producer proudly taking us round a set that features in a series we’re filming. As ever I’m blown away by the expense and detail they have gone to.

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FAIL

One of our recommendations, nay, requirements at ICAT is that you fail.
A lot.
 In fact, fail BIG!
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ME WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS

I had the honour of coaching a very well known television presenter recently who is making a cross over into acting.
Having never acted before she was remarkably gifted, specific and instinctive.
Anyway, mid way through some impro work, she was struggling to let her imagination fly and kept blocking herself.  She wasnt easily able to mix fiction with reality.
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GUEST BLOG: MIKE ALFREDS COMPETITION WINNER

We recently set a competition for young directors. If they successfully completed a phrase by the legendary theatre director Mike Alfreds they could win a unique opportunity to sit alongside him for four days as he trains a group of actors in his freedom enhancing principles.

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CHANGE DIRECTION

GCSE drama anyone?
Like most high school drama classes, I often start my sessions with a ‘walking round the room exercise ‘.