Richard III – Jonjo O’Neill

Jonjo O’Neill’s portrayal of Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2012) is one of my favourite characters, and continues to inspire me. Although I didn’t see the production live, this clip of his opening soliloquy (Act 1, Scene 1) changed many of my views on approaching Shakespeare. Jonjo owned the character before he even said a […]

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And On It Goes. Small Steps.

I finished my NIDA Actors Studio year today and am letting it wash over me. This year has changed me. The most wonderful, glorious, challenging, frustrating, frightening, liberating, incendiary, breath-taking, transformational time in my creative universe. The brilliant Peta Hanrahan told me at the start of the year that if I was still standing at […]

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Mamet

Sometimes, the pressure to over think a role becomes suffocating. I like the idea that it’s ok to be instinctive, to keep it simple and bring ourselves to the character, rather than trying to over complicate things by twisting ourselves into someone we don’t recognise. David Mamet is under my skin. “Invent nothing. Deny nothing.” […]

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Bite-sized Stanislavski #2

More gorgeousness from “Stanislavsky and the Actor” (Jean Benedetti). Actors are responsible for the maintenance and development of their skills. Students cannot just be passive recipients, dutifully obeying the tutors. They are the ones in class, they are doing the exercises and the improvisations. If they do not commit themselves fully to this work, if […]

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How Do You Arrive?

At the start of this week’s class, Danielle asked us to spend 10 mins thinking about how we felt when we arrived. What was our state of mind? How aware were we of what was happening with our breathing? Our instruments? Here’s what I wrote. How do you arrive? Are you ahead of time, behind […]

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Bite-sized Stanislavski #1

As an actor, no matter what my appearance, no matter what my ability to transform myself through costume and make-up, at the Centre will always be myself. I have no other resource from which to create a performance but my own life. Jean Benedetti – Stanislavski and the Actor Gorgeous

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The Stroller’s Tale – Charles Dickens

A lovely extract from Charles Dickens’ “The Pickwick Papers”, which certainly made me think about how theatre performers were regarded back in his day. The Stroller’s Tale “I have thrown these few notes together, because the subject of them was well known to me for many years. I traced his progress downwards, step by step, […]

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