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Acting

These are just a few thoughts, because I am deeply in love with my current cast, who are busy performing an industrial theatre roadshow , and I am reminded how extraordinary actors can and should be, when they are the real deal. And, I consider myself an actor of sorts, an actor amongst other things, but I do think I am in a good position to see what works, and what doesn’t both on stage and off.

Acting is proper teamwork. Unless you are in a one person show that you have written and directed yourself, you have to work as a team, and your goals and desires are shared and the same. Your intentions are all aimed at the same audience and you should have each others’ best interests at heart.

Acting is sharing; usually sharing something special and important with an audience. It is the actors’ job to share that.

Acting is doing something that somebody else told you to do (playwright, director, possibly client) as if it were you that thought it up. This is an amazing thing.

Acting means being sensitive to group dynamics, on and off stage.

Acting is shining a light, but not more brightly than the other members of your cast. Acting is listening to the others, and responding to them, but not during their thing.

Acting is remembering that you are in the business of magic, and the suspension of disbelief needs to be bought into by the whole cast, all the time.

Acting is storytelling, only it isn’t your story and nobody can know that.

Acting is fun, but it is also hard, and if you are a diva, you are doing it wrong.

Loving an audience

Today was the first performance of my yearly industrial theatre roadshow. I’ve been creating, writing and directing a new thirty five minute, four hander play for this big company for almost six years now and it’s amazing. We use the same characters to deliver different messages to a huge audience, around the country, and over the years the client and the workers have grown to love the characters and the show, and feedback has shown that the message is being successfully taken up.

But it really is such an interesting process. After I pitch my concept it goes back and forth a bit until I get go ahead to write the script. This too goes backwards and forwards a couple of times (where client tries to squeeze in a few last minute messages – they know how effective the industrial theatre performance is at delivering a message), and then we rehearse.

One of the most interesting things about the rehearsal process is that the cast and I create the show with the audience in mind, but with no idea which bits will work, what will be funny and whether we have ‘got’ them. So when we face our first audience there are always the first show nerves, the little patches of panic and the ‘do we have them?’ moments. And I am so proud to say that today was fantastic. Yes there were the few blapsies and the sound was a bit all over the place, but the guys were received like old friends, and they were applauded and cheered and loved! Nothing like five hundred people to perform to, to cheer a theatre junkie up.

Thank you Thembani Luzipho, Mbuso Shandu, Mzimasi Nongwe and Hein de Vries. You guys are number one!

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