A kind of Magic

Jean Marc’s comment on yesterday’s class:  “as to the process … it just mystifies me … a sort of magic!” remind me of the old saying about good luck, how it seems to happen more to people who work hard.   Yes, acting that is alive and exciting and involving for both performer and audience does seem to come about as if by magic.  But we know how much work has to go in to getting it to that stage.  What is really important is the kind of work, and I am so pleased to see you all engaging with such commitment to the different tools and techniques I’m spreading in your path.

Yesterday, after a very thorough warm-up through the training exercises, we approached our text work first as words on the page – which they undoubtedly are – then as words which actually meant something very specific to each of us, by exploring the literal meanings of the words and phrases themselves – and finally as sounds expressing something from within.  That ‘something’ was not nothing, it was what the words meant, informed by your personal physicality and focus at the point of speaking.  And sometimes, as if by magic, it felt like – what? ‘Just’ saying the words?  Oh my, what a world of humanity there can be in a ‘just’, when the preparation has been done.

See you next week!

Doing Nothing

Michael Caine is a wonderful acting coach, and there are quite a few clips from some of his masterclasses on YouTube.  Here is one of them:


End of Term 1, and the only way is up!

Today, we bade farewell to Sandra, wishing her joy and luck and much good humming and ah-ing in her new adventure in Sydney.

Our final class before the Easter break, and there was a beautiful energy in the sounds that flowed through the room as we explored (h)ah-mm-ah, (h) ah-nnn-ah and  (h)ah-ng-ah on the floor and through our stretches as we worked our way back to standing, and sharing with full awareness.

It was very clear, I think to all of us, just where the focus should be when we return on Sunday 30th, with some new class members, and that is keeping the great sounding body we discover in the warm up and taking that body into the text (and archetype) work.  After all, that is why we warm up. So, more connections await discovery, there will be bridges built and steps taken into the unknown.

Have a great Easter – see you Sunday week!  Oh, unless I see you next Saturday at the Magdalena Easter Gathering.



Left Brain : Right Brain

Here is a fascinating talk by a brain researcher, Jill Bolte Taylor, which has a wonderful description of the differences between left and right brain hemispheres, and their function, and ways of being.  This relates to our discussion of ‘self’ this afternoon in the Voice Class. Enjoy!