Category Archives: Suprises

It Works!!!

Tweet This Saturday morning fifteen actors gave impressively good performances at The Rehearsal Room’s third Audition Workshop for the year. Ten of these actors did their best work, on a day when the pressure to perform was high. IT IS … Continue reading

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SURPRISES HAVE A STRUCTURE

TweetThis real life surprise was recorded 4 years ago while shooting a ‘piece to camera’ for a TV Presenters Workshop. The camera was rolling and we were just chatting before a take when a minor car accident occurred nearby. Both … Continue reading

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How Long Can a Surprise Be?

TweetSURPRISES are a major tool for actors. ALL the big name actors play moments of surprise brilliantly. Surprises are a particular focus of The Rehearsal Room process because they are such important storytelling tools.   Some actors play surprises intuitively … … Continue reading

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Crazy Impro Night

TweetThis week’s crazy impro exercises for the Advanced ll Workshop were great fun.  Big improvements in acting process emerged because actors found – They didn’t need to fear SILENCE They could use SURPRISES as the key to driving the drama That … Continue reading

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Why Andy Won

TweetAndy Rhodes was 10 points clear of his nearest rival in the audience vote for Best Actor at The Rehearsal Room’s first Acting SLAM.  What was his secret? What were the key ingredients that proved to be so eye-catching?  The … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Playing ‘Surprises’

TweetOn the final day of my three-week ‘premier’ trip to Bali here is the start of Chapter Eleven of the ‘book-with-no-title’. Although I have spent little time writing during the trip, I am travelling with a fellow director and ‘observer-of-life’.  We … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding SURPRISES

TweetTwelve months and ten days ago on my first EVER overseas trip to Canada I started writing a book.   When completed it will record the genesis of The Rehearsal Room acting process and also its details.  There is still along … Continue reading

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