Ian (lovingboth) wrote,
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In happier news

Ken Campbell was great.

It turns out that he runs a weekly session for actors interested in... well, in being better. And once a month at the Royal Court, there's a late night demonstration of some of the stuff they do.

It's semi-improvised - he has a plan and they do the improv :)

So on Friday, there was something on how in plays by Pinter, the first word of each person's speech is the one he thinks about most. Cue some improvised examples, followed by a scene where the first word of each speech is in alphabetical order, A-Z.

Next, something about how in Mamet's plays, it's the last word that's critical and how often his lines will just end in the middle

Cue more improvised examples, followed by a scene where the last letter of each speech is in alphabetical order...

Throw in some Campbell rambling and a few more exercises (like a song about how, if you come to the Royal Court, you're gonna feel pain and suffering) and a very enjoyable hour was had.
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