An 'actor' ill-prepared, 20th May

posted 20 May 2013, 15:33 by Gareth Morgan   [ updated 20 May 2013, 15:34 ]

"Suit the action to the word, the word to the action" - Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2.

As the script that I wrote gets ever shorter in my continued editing of my over-writing of scenes, I'm increasingly reminded of Hamlet's advice to the players. Wary of out Heroding Herod, I have always been a reserved performer and even more reserved rehearser (this may have something to do with laziness). That said, in this process I've even done proper warm ups  - generally me bouncing around to Stand Up by The Prodigy, but it counts - and been rather serious with having aims and objectives to get out of each allotted amount of rehearsal time. 

It may be a dirty word in some circles I hang around in, but I quite like acting. Whilst the sections of the text less concerned with character, believability and differentiation between the two parts I'm playing come more naturally to me, I rather like the grappling with the complexity of telling a story as someone else. I even relay something said by female characters without resorting to my Terry Jones voice. This has been hard graft for me and allowed me to appreciate more fully the talent, dedication and work put in by some of the really great actors I've worked with in the past, the ones who make it look effortless especially. To pretend to be someone who isn't me saying words I've written not as myself is a challenge that I have been finding daunting but a week's labours have borne fruit - Kol, my outside eye, was even nice about my acting causing me to ask whether she was feeling alright. There's a long way to go with it but I have two weeks until the first Ignite sharing which I am less scared of as each day's work gets done. There's still the matter of learning all those lines but I'm beginning to get there.

There will be more work to do. Whilst most of the acting is in act 1, act 2 has its own set of issues including acting of the ball and reacting when not actually speaking. Plus, keeping one prolonged stream of text interesting to the listener. And, perhaps me singing.

Act 2 begins with the guitar stylings of Mr. Ry Cooder and a description of one of the great movies of the 1980s. Here's a clue.

'til next time.