Haunted theatres

Actors are a superstitious and imaginative bunch, so it’s not really surprising there are so many stories of ghosts sightings in theatres. Some theatre folk even think it’s good luck to have a resident ghoul.

The Theatre Royal on Drury Lane in London supposedly has several spooks: the floating head of a decapitated clown, a pantomime dame who manifests as a smell of lavender, and a ‘man in grey’, who often appears on the opening nights of successful shows, and disappears into a room where a body was once found!

Haymarket’s Theatre Royal has a ghost actor that can be heard rehearsing his lines (witnessed by Dame Judi Dench, among others).

The pic above is the most recent, and possibly freakiest appearance of all, though. The Dominion theatre was built on the site of a brewery disaster that claimed many lives in 1914. Here’s closer view – he’s looking at you… Continue reading

Pretend you’re someone else

David Tennant’s Hamlet delivers the most mis-quoted line in Shakespeare

 

Acting is a form of communication – and a really important one, because we have to show the best and worst of humanity in the most honest way possible.

My top tips:

1. Let background info you have on the character drive the way you play them, and your performance will seem a million times more convincing. Make it your mission to know your character inside and out.

2. Emotion is what makes an actor. Draw from your own experience to find real emotions. Think about something happy when you have to play happiness, and so on.

3. Don’t think of it as pretending! You need to, on some level, “be” that character. We have much greater range than we think, but sometimes we have to dig deep for it.

4. Finally, however badly you want that part, know where to draw the line! Who can forget Joey from Friends acting on a full bladder… Continue reading