So, what do YOU think?

When you are working towards a performance - applying theory from a particular practitioner or implementing the skills from a specific world theatre practice - as a practitioner you are clear about your own goals and intended impact, but.... how do you know if you have achieved what you set out to do? This blog will look at how you can make the invisible visible, and how you can build constructively on the feedback from your peers. It will also look ...

Stanislavsky and Pavlov’s Dogs

The last few lessons I have been working with my class on psycho-physicality in relation to Stanislavky's system. The students have been exploring how to make their invisible thoughts and feelings visible and how physical actions have an impact on their emotional state. This entry for teachers outlines some of the exercises that I used with students and also lists some resources for teachers to use in class. Asking the questions After a couple of lessons exploring the basics of the System, ...

Stirring the emotions with Stanislavsky

Stanislavsky's life's work focused on how to portray truth through theatre, and also saw theatre as a powerful means of influence on people's emotions. His goal was to find control over the phenomenon of inspiration when an actor in a state that is natural and spontaneous, as in real life. He believed that when the actor is in such a state he/she has the greatest possibility for influencing his audience and stirring their emotions (Monk, Fawcett, 1964, p75). This post ...