This week has been our reading week . So we have a week off before the start of rehearsals on Monday - to read - and generally sleep. And get a bit of distance from the school which has been our lives non stop for 7 weeks. I have been reading a bit, learning lines and trying to find some pieces for the Showcase in May. Its a big deal in the school. It makes me laugh when I think of the showcase I did at Uni, where we had about 2 rehearsals and could do any piece, for no more than 5 minutes. Here it is strict! But I suppose they will possibly get a lot of attention so they need to be.
Anyway! I have also just finished a brilliant book 'The Body Speaks'-
"The discomfort of not knowing links to the fear of getting it wrong. As a performer, it is vital to work from a place of not knowing - almost from a sense of discomfort, where you choose to wait for an impulse to arise rather than quickly coming up with an easy response. This is what it means to 'take risks'."
Made me think about reading lists - things i have read so far this year and things I wish I would have read before coming. They do send you a reading list but it is long and expensive and so these are the ones I think are worth investing in and reading prior if possible. Or if you're just interested in some actor literature!:
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results - Einstein of insanity
I understand how simple to concept is to look for new ideas and break from what you have done before but it is so hard. Be prepared to rip yourself in half and sew yourself back together again.
We did some work on acting for screen mainly useful) about images which we run in our mind to focus our attention and emotion prior to a scene. Also so work on seeing the scene or the room or other people through someone else's eyes. Not becoming that person or pretending to be that person just imaging how they would see it and how that is different from the way you see it. These were particularly useful and applicable classes.
Be kind to everyone, for we are all fighting a hard battle - Plato
Sorry its been a while. I have been busy. Really busy, to the point of bursting. This term has been the biggest and best learning curve in my life to date. Mainly learning about what my own true constraints are in voice and body and changing the expectation and release of myself. Hard to sum up and describe really except for it has been hard hard and consistent work with an ever mounting work load. Summary: This term, I have mostly been eating:
New writing with new writers
Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves.
Group Research Project
Sustained independent project
Casting for our first play
One handed cartwheels