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Powerful and Simple Listening

TweetSteve Jodrell is an experienced director (3 series of Wentworth) and a VERY good actor. He was the guest director at the final session of this term’s MASTER CLASS. His final comment to the actors in this session was … … Continue reading

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ENDING AN IMPROVISATION

TweetA TIP FOR SLAMMERS:         Endings are HUGELY important in leaving the audience (and judges) with a feeling that an impro was a success. Don’t let the impro trickle on while you look for a logical ending that completes the story. … Continue reading

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Simple Ways To Change a Performance 1

Tweet Every time you have a conversation you have expectations about the outcome. In last night’s MASTER CLASS, HAN TRAN tried changing his expectations to an “opposite” possibility. So, on the second run of his scene HAN swapped his expectations … Continue reading

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ACTING TEACHERS BAGGING ACTING TEACHERS

TweetAt various points through his book, “SANFORD MEISNER ON ACTING”, Sandy Meisner snipes at Lee Strasberg and The Actors Studio. They’ve had different points of view about acting process since the Group Theatre days in the 1930’s. Whether Strasberg was … Continue reading

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Emotion Destroys the Outcome

Tweet  There is a very strong connection between acting process and any sporting process. An excellent example is tennis. To my knowledge the parallels between tennis and acting have been highlighted by Kevin Spacey, Anthony Hopkins and Utah Hagen. There … Continue reading

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It Just Gets Better

Tweet    TIA McALLEN has had quite a number of international auditions to record over the last couple of years. Tia is now 13 years old. Thus far she hasn’t struck gold with any of these acting challenges. But every … Continue reading

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When in Doubt … Ask!

Tweet NEIGHBOURS GUEST ROLE Rehearsal Room actor DAVID BERGIN has returned to the 10am Wednesday workshop with stories of his guest appearance on Neighbours earlier in the year. “It moves very fast,” he said. “But, I was ready for that.” … Continue reading

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More Efficient … More Focused … More Creative

Tweet QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Whenever we use ‘theme’ to help make decisions about a scene the complexity of the story and the clarity of its purpose go up.” – Gary Dressler (29/10/2015) The comment was made after an exciting … 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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LISTENING REAL

Tweet  “LISTEN REAL, THINK REAL AND DON’T DO ANYTHING ELSE.” That’s my favourite quote from the wonderful Australian actor, JOHN HARGREAVES. A beautiful night of fine performances and intelligent talk in last night’s MASTER CLASS brought it to mind. THERE … Continue reading

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