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An Actor's Tricks by Lorna Marshall, Yoshi Oida PDF

By Lorna Marshall, Yoshi Oida

ISBN-10: 041377449X

ISBN-13: 9780413774491

A founding member of Peter Brook's foreign theatre corporation, Yoshi Oida infuses his appearing and directing with the artistry of the Oriental traditions and a mastery of Western types. during this disarmingly obtainable examine of the artwork of acting he stocks his distinct adventure and variety of craftsmanship. An Actor's methods offers a meticulous scrutiny of the actor's instruction for functionality and is derived with a foreword by way of Peter Brook.


Drawing on an unrivalled wealth and variety of workmanship within the fields of performing, directing and coaching, Yoshi Oida and Lorna Marshall supply an authoritative and engaging examine of the artwork of the actor.

In scrutinising the method of functionality from the dual views of the actor and director, An Actor's Tricks is full of hints, insights and stories from productions with Peter Brook and from world wide.

Beginning with the day-by-day guidance to coach the physique, it strikes to the method of practice session for a functionality correct up-to-the-minute while the actor steps onstage. An appendix of practical routines is incorporated for the actor to follow.

The books combines ideas and methods from either Western and japanese disciplines of appearing to supply a masterful learn crucial for each actor and director.

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Rehearsals are about collecting materials for acting. If I do the same thing I did in the rehearsals when the audience is present it’s wrong. I must somehow develop the work once I am with an audience. In fact, normal rehearsals are the 32 An Actor’s Tricks preparation for the open rehearsal. The audience acts like a mirror to the work, reflecting back what is happening. Since no one can ever know how a show is going until the public comes in, many directors schedule open rehearsals. However, there are different ways for them to observe the audience’s reactions.

In addition, you work on the text to ensure that you understand exactly what you are saying. You analyse meaning and search for a psychological understanding of the situations and characters. All this is essential to produce work that is accurate and detailed. But too often the actor’s work ends there; we think this is more than enough to ensure a good performance. And on one level it is true; this kind of work will produce a good, correct performance. But is this why the audience comes to the theatre?

I often ask myself if this kind of careful preparation is useful, not just for ritual but for the performer’s life. For example, are sexual relations positive, or negative, or irrelevant? The same with food. But there is another factor: Noh performances take place only once, so the actor can focus his preparation for a single date. But how can I do this kind of purification when I have to do a show every single night for six months? I once heard that Tatsumi Hijikata, the cofounder of Butoh, used to fast for ten days prior to a performance, but again that was for a single performance, not a season.

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