How does an actor use Stanislavski’s acting principles, in order to fully prepare to play the role of Kipps in The Women in Black?
The Women in Black
The women in black is a story based on, Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house’s sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets, which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman dressed all in black at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold. This feeling is deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose.
Years later, as an old man, he recounts his experiences to an actor in a desperate attempt to exorcise the ghosts of the past. The play unfolds around the conversations of these two characters as they act out the solicitor’s experiences on Eel Marsh all those years ago. (The Women In Black Story n.d.)
Kipps is realistic. When he first sees the women in black, he tried to find a reasonable clarification: she's just some poor woman who has a terrible disease and has showed up at Mrs. Drablow's funeral to pay her respects. (Kipps Analysis n.d.)
Although he had good experience with the woman in black and he had experiences of his super natural activities, he still wanted to be dwelling a safer life, with Esme he was going through an un-exited part of life by living in a cottage and keeping himself busy with kids or watching football on Sundays .He never wanted to encounter ghosts which he did but he never wanted to repeat this ghost encounter again.
Stanislavski and his system
Stanislavsky system is considered very complex but his basic goal was to portray believable, natural people on stage as against those in contrast of thespians of 19th century Russia, at that time most of the actors have larger than life tone and portrayed themselves in top of the world manner. Stanislavsky was one of the major role players of the time to change this idea of being over toned. Thus he may be considered as the father of todays style of method Acting, which is a process of the actors being hundred percent involved and drowned in the character they are wrapping themselves as much as practicable.