By Declan Donnellan

“Acting is a reflex, a mechanism for improvement and survival. . . . It isn’t ‘second nature,’ it's ‘first nature.’”—Declan Donnellan
 
This immensely well known and ever-practical ebook on appearing takes a scalpel to the guts of actors’ chronic fears, supporting them to unencumber their expertise on level. it truly is hassle-free and unpretentious, with a spirit of inventive and private freedom.

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And will even supply one if it appears absent. What the target is not The target is neither an objective, nor a want, nor a plan, nor a reason, nor an intention, nor a goal, nor a focus, nor a motive. Motives arise from the target. A motive is a way of explaining why we do things. Now ‘why’ we do things may be interesting. But relentlessly asking ‘why’ can tie the actor in knots. Why does Juliet fall in love with Romeo? Certainly if Irina can answer the question fully, she has fully missed the point.

When things go wrong we must distinguish between what we can change and what we cannot change. We also have to divide the problem into two parts: first, the part that comes from outside, over which we may have little or no control, and secondly, the part which comes from inside, over which we can learn to have increasing control. This book only addresses that second part. All serious acting problems are interconnected, so interdependent that they seem to be just one huge rock cut into blinding facets by a demonic jeweller.

But the opposite principle is more helpful for the actor. In other words, it helps Irina more to imagine that it is the target that gives her these strong reactions. Irina gives up control and entrusts it to the thing she sees. The actor abdicates power to the target. There is no inner resource that will make us independent of other things. There is no internal dynamo independent of the outside world. We do not exist alone; we exist only in a context. Imagining that we can survive without the context is rash.

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