By Declan Donnellan

“Acting is a reflex, a mechanism for improvement and survival. . . . It isn’t ‘second nature,’ it really is ‘first nature.’”—Declan Donnellan
 
This immensely renowned and ever-practical ebook on appearing takes a scalpel to the center of actors’ power fears, supporting them to unlock their expertise on level. it's basic and unpretentious, with a spirit of inventive and private freedom.

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Declan Donnellan London, 2005 INTRODUCTION Acting is a mystery, and so is theatre. We assemble in a space and divide into two parts, one of which enacts stories for the remainder. We know of no society where this ritual never happens, so it appears that humanity has a profound need to witness acted-out representations, from television soap opera to Greek Tragedy. A theatre is not only a literal place, but also a space where we dream together; not merely a building, but a space that is both imaginative and collective.

Every living moment contains an element of quest. Irina can rely on the unalterable rule that there is me and there is the other and that there is a measurable, changeable yet ineffaceable distance between the two of us. It may help to unknot the following principle: the actor can never complete what the character wants because the character can never complete what the character wants. In other words, Irina can play the scene for all she is worth and Juliet will still have something left to need and some distance left to be covered.

Even if you abandon the target, it won’t abandon you. There are plenty of targets out there; all you have to do is see them. You cannot annihilate the target; you cannot destroy the world. 2: The target exists outside, and at a measurable distance There is a measurable distance between you and the target. You and the target cannot fuse. You are separate. You cannot find the target inside you. We may not like the taste of this rule, but the medicine works, particularly when inside seems to be in darkness or chaos.

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