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During the rehearsal period before our short performances of A Taste of Honey, each actor improved all aspects of their performance

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´╗┐James Young ?A Taste of Honey?- Improvements During the rehearsal period before our short performances of ?A Taste of Honey?, each actor improved all aspects of their performance, from the interpretation to their proxemics on stage. This was due to our intense rehearsal period where we developed our own acting skills as well as our way of interpreting characters. One of the issues I faced whilst playing Geoff was how best to convey his love and caring toward Jo. Because this is a core and essential part of his character, I felt that I had to work on this part of Geoff more than other parts. To achieve this, I worked closely with Poppy (who played the character of Jo) to perfect the scene which opens the piece we were performing, because this is the biggest chance we had to express Geoff?s feeling toward Jo whilst Helen is not in the scene. ...read more.

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To perfect the timing of this scene we practised it lots of times, as the repetition helped us to remember and time the section perfectly. Other techniques that we used included going through the scene without stopping- even if we did make mistakes- because this would highlight which areas we needed to improve. Because of the realism theme, everything had to feel as if it was happening for the first time. This was unusual for me, because I am used to each of my lines being heavily rehearsed and sound it. However, in ?A Taste of Honey? I had to act as if it was the first time that I had said it- and react accordingly. I found this particularly hard with the line: ?Don?t tell her I came for you,? because I had rehearsed it so much that it had started to sound as if it wasn?t important to the scene- which it was. ...read more.

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To achieve this, our group experimented with different paces- especially during the argument section. We experimented with different pauses in places where they felt necessary to let the emotions of the scene process with the audience and to dramatize the moment. In each scene that required it, lines would be read at a fast pace, very quickly as to heighten the audience?s emotions and keep them on ?the edge-of-their-seat?. In contrast, some of the scene was improved so that it was much slower than the rest of the piece. This would add tension to the scene (especially when Helen and Jo are discussing their futures) and would juxtapose the fight section. This would also create a stronger effect as it shows that Helen does truly care about her daughter but doesn?t know how to show or prove it. Before our rehearsal period our characters were very one-dimensional and ?flat?, but after practising, interpreting, and getting used to our characters we were able to make them a lot more two-dimensional and more interesting to watch during a performance ...read more.

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