Tag: Acting Notes

  • Working on text – the early phase of rehearsal

    Upfront – this is an out of the archive post reworked a year or so on. If you’re a regular here you may have already read my rehearsal and performance blog posts for the Empire Theatre’s 2008 production of Cabaret directed by Lewis Jones.  I played the role of Fraulein Schneider. You can find these…

  • Ben Kingsley: ‘We do our best work when we are happy.’

    I couldn’t resist posting Charlie Rose’s recent conversation with Ben Kingsley … for a couple of reasons. Firstly Sir Ben talks about the nuts and bolts differerences between stage and screen acting … something we all like to sift through. But in the second part of the conversation, he opens up in quite an extraordinary…

  • So you want to be an actor? We have a problem

    A year ago I wrote about American scholar and practitioner Robert Hornby’s ‘The End of Acting’. It’s a book that has a strong point of view about the art of acting and the education of artists.  I’ve enjoyed dipping back into it since a first reading in 1993.  That an actor needs training is, from…

  • Audition time … a few truths

    The jacaranda trees are starting to go off after a month or more of blooming their lovely hearts out. That means end of year uni exams are over, but it also signals the start of audition season here in Queensland, and indeed, all over the country. As I write, hopefuls are being coached and lining…

  • The Voice Warmup

    This is the most popular post on the blog. I continue to add to it with hotlinks and further comment on one of the more important skills for the actor. Scribbles to Myself (April 2008) So the voice is on my mind right now, not only because of my own recent scare in the run…

  • More on that ‘moment’ we’re supposed to be in …

    I’ve written before about one of those phrases tossed round by acting folk: being in the moment. I recall the brilliant Dawn French using it in that sweet comedy series The Vicar of Dibley. ‘Geraldine’ was directing the parish’s nativity play. She’d dropped her vicarly garb, and was dressed in requisite directorial kit. All was…