A picture can sometimes just speak to you …and by this point you are probably thinking I have sheep on the brain!
And you would be right…
Sheep are at the heart of Daffyd’s Heritage for me and hopefully you too.
The title of this picture is …”Feeling sheepish?”
And I would guess as the “Round Up” and “the Trials” get closer , you are feeling a bit sheepish too?
A bit scared, worried, unsure if you can actually do this? Even the seasoned NTC vets – will be anxious – why wouldn’t they ?
I am encouraged by the response to this event…lots of names and some new faces around the NT village…you never know how things will fadge?
Who will make “the Cut” is anyone’s guess?
So…each stage of this audition process is going to look at something different …each session will bring you a little closer to this play.
Hope you have read it – you need to really…you won’t get much from this process without having an idea of what this script is about.
You could pretend ? But what would be the point? You’d end up playing the wrong play-game. You could always cone in and read it tomorrow or Saturday before your session.
The Heritage posts I wrote over December will probably feature at some point. There are little clues to my playmaking ideas and some of the characters that appear in each one of them. Back stories are essential for acting and though they may change as we go along – we have to start somewhere. So I imagined…and took a bit of acting liberty.
Do you remember your VIDS? – vulnerability, sensuality, danger , intelligence
Vulnerability – to be open
Sensuality – to feel
Danger – to be brave
Intelligence – to understand
Each audition stage will let you use them.
We start with the mind – have to…because “thinking” kicks off acting. Opens performance doors for you on stage.
The “round up” is about “intelligence” – how you “intelligently” approach the script – the themes? The character interaction ? The meaning ? The stuff that goes round about it.
Intelligence isn’t about how much you know – but about how you use the knowledge you acquire along the way.
There will be talk and debate (or rather group conversation) and we will think about what having “heritage” is all about – the play centres round a different community – we need to know what that community’s heritage is and to get to “that” – we have to compare it to our own understanding of community – community / communication – these words have ” commun” in common. Commun means to come together.
Don’t expect much practical acting at this stage – I need to know if you can handle “talking” as this is an important part of the connections play process.
We will also look at the script – in small sections – and see if you can make up your own questions about it – a slightly different approach that you will perhaps not be used to – but one that can be very valuable.
Oh and we might Sing!
The Trials will move you onto some improvisation and short theatre exercises linked to the performance of the text
To improvise is to make things up as you go along…everything will come from what you have learned the day before – so listen well too.
Acting is reacting and you won’t react if you don’t listen for the triggers and the signals along the way.
Sheep Trials are generally about a clever dog rounding up some sheep and putting them in a pen. They are a skillful part of country life, traditions and rustic heritage.
If the Provost is the clever dog in this play ? And they as young people seem so normal ? Why do they go so easily into this obvious pen?
The trials will be about “Vulnerability” – opening up to the possibility that anything is possible in acting when you don’t worry about anything not being right.
The Shearing is when I have to take off your ” sheepish ” outside to reveal the ” performance wolf” inside
The “Alphas” in the Heritage acting herd
The Shearing will be about your “sensuality ” – to see who has a real emotional “feel” for this script
There will be readings, and scenarios and characterful play offs and from this last group “the final cut” will be made
More singing too…
The Cut is about ” danger” – danger can be summed up in two acting words
The rawness is your truth
The instinct your naturalness
This reveals the character you are most “able” to play.
Without raw instinctive delivery – the character is wooden , the acting false
To get this rawness and instinct – you have to look at the part that is the closest to your own present truth and who you would most naturally play ?
The parts we would like to play are different from the ones we often can!
Let the “character” speak to you through their lines and then you can speak for them in the acting of them. Don’t count the number of words they say…count the unbelievable 45 minutes that you will get to be them on this our ” glorious national stage”
Small part …big opportunity
The cut will see final readings and the final cast assembled for PACE NT Connections 2014
Don’t be scared. The most wonderful thing can often be …to see someone come from absolutely nowhere ….right to the finish line.
Nothing is fixed…All are contenders here, and yes:
Some are just born great
But some really do achieve greatness
And some may even have greatness thrust upon them…
But You’ll never know till you try – will you ?
Counting sheep till Saturday