Be Seen, Be Heard, Be Understood
The above is the “mantra” of the director I’m currently working with. Three simply things, but without them, there’s little point in performing.
After last nights rehearsal, I read this by David Mamet, which linked in nicely with the advice above:
“Actors must be trained to speak well, easily, and distinctively, to move well and decisively, to stand relaxedly, to observe and act upon the simple, mechanical actions called for by the text. Any play can then be rehearsed in a few weeks at most.”
Let’s see if I can put both pieces of advice into practice.