Communication through acting

Communication through acting is even more important than communicating in real life. The actor has to create a believable character and if the audience don't believe in what they're seeing, the production just will not work.

Communication as an actor allows the audience to experience what you are doing. You are sharing your thoughts and emotions. However, you need to ensure you show; not tell. Don't try too hard to have the audience understand you. Don't underestimate the intelligence of your audience!

Understand your character's objective and keep it in mind at all times. This will enable you to speak through your character's eyes. What is the situation? What are you trying to achieve? Knowing the circumstances will help you greatly in your communication as an actor. Ensure you know what has happened before you started your speech and ensure you begin on the right emotional level.

Memorise everything you have to say with your mind and body. Let the thoughts and feelings flow naturally and let your emotions be what they want to be. Your emotions and responses may seem unnatural but the fact of the matter is that all responses and emotions are natural and often unpredictable.

Get a good feel for the shape of the play and the structure it takes on and follow it through in your mind. Give yourself a sense of presence by speaking at a lower pitch (which is easier for audiences to understand) and ensure you carry yourself while on stag to ensure your audience believe your every word and movement. Visualise yourself from the outside and adjust your performance as necessary.

Quotes and tips

"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."

Oscar Wilde

Acting tip

Always be on time. Whether it is an audition or a rehearsal, an appointment with your agent or acting-coach, if you are on time it shows your commitment. It will be noticed. Of course you do not come to an audition TO early. We can not give you a specific amount of minutes that is right, but why making yourself nervous by waiting an hour and maybe annoying others that are waiting. And of course you do not want to rush in when they are actually waiting already. Make sure you never need to find an excuse for being to early or to late, by being on time.

The empty space

Peter Brooks guide to stage acting, we highly recommend this book.