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Which aspects of the Stanislavski's system have you found or would consider to be the most helpful in preparing a role?

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Which aspects of the Stanislavski's system have you found or would consider to be the most helpful in preparing a role? Through the start of the course we have looked at lots of different elements of the Stanislavski system. Firstly we have looked at the 'magic if' this is and element of inner preparation. It places the actor in the given circumstances of their character. This is useful in preparing a role as there are a number of different circumstances you can place yourself in to practice for the role. The magic if is 'the starting point, the given circumstance, the development...If gives the push for dormant imagination.' The magic if is a key start for developing a role as it gives atmosphere and a starting point for an actor to develop. ...read more.


He said to develop and use imagination you have to use magic if and emotional memory. It helps the actor prepare a role as it makes the acting believable and removes any mechanical acting as the actor buts him/herself in the setting at the time of the place. Imagination is enabled by the experiences an actor has been through before. It is important that imagination is not confused with fantasy. Fantasy only creates things that aren't or never will be in existence. It is the 'imaginative fiction of another person,' it is not jut the person but the circumstances in which that person can and will function. Any acting exercise can use imagination for example looking for jewellery. Relaxation helps prepare a role as you need to be relaxed as an actor onstage to get rid of nerves and any mechanical acting. ...read more.


It acts as a barrier between the real world and the world on stage, initially this is intimidating but by relaxing on stage the actor becomes at ease with there environment. We have also looked at the broach exercise; it is made up of two halves. At first the student had to find the brooch so she could carry on being in the theatre school it resulted in her forgetting the brooch at the end. The second time she was told to find the brooch otherwise she could not return to the theatre school. This teaches the actor that they must not loose their objective when entering the stage in the excitement of the performance. The second time the acting became real as the pace, tempo and rhythm had changed and therefore their physical and emotional involvements were in sync. So far I have found these aspects to be the most useful when preparing a role. ...read more.

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