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Stanislavski sought to create a "sense of truth" in his productions - Explain what he meant by the term and how he attempted to create this truth through rehearsal.

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Stanislavski sought to create a "sense of truth" in his productions. Explain what he meant by the term and how he attempted to create this truth through rehearsal. Stanislavski said there were two kinds of truth, the first is 'the one created automatically and on the plane of actual fact' and the second 'the scenic type, which is equally truthful but originates on the plane of imaginative and artistic fiction.' The first kind of truth is created in subconsciously in real life. An example of this truth was the actors were searching for a lost purse, they didn't know the director was watching them but he said they acted with truth. The actors were asked to put the purse back in the same place and repeat the exercise this time it wasn't truthful. ...read more.

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Stanislavski wanted to create naturalistic theatre 'A role which is built on truth will grow whereas one on stereotype will shrivel.' He compared a character, a scene, an act or the whole play to a seed. The actors should 'live' the character by feeling and experience the moment rather than demonstrate it. By the acting being truthful the audience are able to feel empathy for the characters and form opinions making the play successful. For the actors to act truthfully they have to use psycho- techniques such as the magic if, this makes the actors prepare internally. It makes the actor place himself in the position of the character they are playing to make it believable. ...read more.

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This is of use to us only in so far as it supplies a general background for our feelings '. . . . What counts. . . is not the material out of which Othello's dagger is made, be it steel or cardboard, but the inner feeling of the actor.' The actor also has to perform in a logical sequence so it displays continuity and the audience can see how the character gets from scene to scene. This also helps avoid clich´┐Ż as the audience can see that the feelings of the character have come about from actions before. To portray 'sense of truth' it is essential for an actor to be in touch with their character and be sensitive to the feelings of that character. Once an actor includes a 'sense of truth' and their acting through rehearsal it becomes the best stimulus for imagination and creativeness. ...read more.

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