A Universe Trapped in a Labyrinth

This is my boring and interesting and teenager life spanning from age 15 to 18 (May 2015-August 2018)
Within you'll find many re-inventions of myself, boy trouble, school trouble and life trouble. (Plus interesting bits I thought I would include as well).
Do you dare to enter the maze?


11. As the lights go down


Date: Thursday 21st May 2015 19:47

Entry: 10/?

Subject: As the lights go down.


How do you write about acting?

Something that I've been finding really fascinating recently, is how hard it is to write or talk about acting, to put into words what an actor's performance is like. There just doesn't seem to be an appropriate vocabulary. Time after time, when reading reviews or when watching a performance yourself, you are struck by the extent to which the play is the real star. Be it written or devised, it's the action, not the acting, which really gets critiqued. It sometimes feels as if theatre is marked for content and social utility, and the small matter of its delivery is a given.

I would argue that the reason for this lies in the very nature of our culture and language; our society in general maybe. We are predisposed to talking about ideas and concepts; we have a lot of words for doing so. Acting, on the other hand, is full of intangible qualities. Little wrinkles of the eye, the faint hint of a smile – it's a series of tiny moments that would take an entire novel to describe. There are a few shorthand’s for style: acting, like porcelain, tends to be fine. Sometimes it can be "broad" or "rough", while individual actors may even merit a couple of adjectives for their characterisation.

How do you merit stepping out of your shoes and being into those of someone or something you are created completely or changed from a page? You can’t even understand the small qualities that an actor has devised in order to sell a person and not themselves that you don’t even pick up.

As the lights go down on a quiet, anticipated auditorium of a theatre small or large, on a production well known or rare and new (for me just today it has been ‘A Man and His Donkey’ at the Custom House) you immerse yourself into the whole journey of a performance, and our eyes can’t center on one thing in order to focus on one actor's performance.

It is hard and, for me, just about impossible. 

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