Stage vs Screen

Frequently, all too frequently, I see discussions around the difference between Film and Theatre, or should I be more accurate in saying Camera and Live Audience. So much emphasis is put on the differences between the two styles, and it scares many actors looking to make the transition from one to the other. Let me... Continue Reading →

A new approach

In developing character, I am constantly trying new things, even small things, to help me establish myself as my character. As a director, I get to see how other actors benefit (or not) by these same techniques. Unsurprisingly, I learn a lot about my process when working with other actors in this way. I also... Continue Reading →

Method or Madness

I have always believed in the philosophy that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Not that I would ever skin a cat mind you, not really. There is always more than one way to do a thing, which is a concept that can be applied to all things in life. As... Continue Reading →

Emotional Engagement

In days long gone now, I was a member of a Youth Theatre group, operating in association with a community theatre company. It was this group that really helped me get over my bad-tasting, childhood experiences of theatre. Working with like minded people and learning basic theatrical techniques was the first step. There was one... Continue Reading →

Spoilers and Courtesy – Special Post

Ok, this may seem like an odd subject to discuss on a blog about things I've learnt from acting. Please bear with me, hopefully it will make sense. An ongoing, debated topic is that of talking about shows, books, movies, etc to the degree where events are revealed in a public environment, potentially exposing crucial... Continue Reading →

The truth about shyness

I was at a presentation just recently, talking with a fellow actor about the change that occurs when you are "on-camera", or "on-stage". Something I, and I think most actors, can relate to. There is a strange transformation that takes place the moment you either walk on stage, or the director screams "ACTION!" It is... Continue Reading →

Learning Lines

In a private conversation, I was recently asked an interesting question; what is the best way to learn your lines? It is not something I really think much about these days. After many years of plays and filming, I have sort of had a technique evolve organically. I took bits and pieces from all over... Continue Reading →

The Professional Community Thespian

Lee Sheppard suggested that I write a post on "Community Theatre? Why bother?" Before I start this post, I would like to state one thing and make it perfectly clear. I do not consider myself to be a brilliant actor, just a good one. I do it because it fires something inside that I thrive... Continue Reading →

Realism – Portraying with conviction

Debs_Dwelling @labrug How to make a character so convincing your audience believes you are going through what you are portraying? 😉 25/02/2014 7:26 pm This is a hard one to answer. Ultimately, it is a very personal choice as to how far an actor is prepared to go in portraying your character. You see, when... Continue Reading →

Confidence

I question I have been asked, and I am sure has been asked of many an actor, or even public speaker, is "How can you do that?" Usually quickly followed with "I'd be too scared." Usually some derivative of this discussion follows when you introduce yourself as an actor to "non-actors", and I use that... Continue Reading →

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