Overview of Acting Techniques

Overview of Acting Techniques

  • Submitted By: soupdragon
  • Date Submitted: 03/09/2009 3:33 AM
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Acting technique, at its essence, consists of three elements- objective, obstacle, and action. Comment on, and discuss. You can justify the statement or disagree with it, if you wish.

Objective, obstacle and action are integral when devising a play. All of these three elements must be thoroughly looked upon by an actor, in order to create a good piece of theatre. Not only does the actor have to have an understanding of these key elements, but the director himself also has to look deep into them. It is crucial that the actor and director liaise on a regular basis, to form a better sense of awareness and understanding upon what the main objectives and actions are to be. By assessing these, the director and actor will become certain of the given circumstances, and above all requirements given from the director to the actor will be successfully met.

Stanislavski would argue that one of the most fundamental aspects of theatre is action. He conceived action to be concerned with the meaningful, purposeful activity of an onstage actor. He would also argue that depth of acting lies within the process of ‘enactment’. In other words the actor should always demonstrate that he has awareness to his objectives and given circumstances. Another great believer in this was ‘William Shakespeare’. ‘Shakespeare’ (just like Stanislavski) was ultimately concerned with the way the actors responded to the words.
‘Suit the action to the words the words to the action’
William Shakespeare.

One fundamental aspect of acting that needs to be taken into account are objectives. Stanislavsky is considered to be the founder of this idea along with ‘Henrik Ibsen’. They believed that by questioning an actors objective, gave the play more depth, as the actors were able to understand the dialog more and above all the world of the play. These relate to the ‘Stanislavsky’s system’ ‘The Dramatic I’. Stanislavski believed the ideal actor to be someone who is in control, who has mastered his...

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