By Declan Donnellan
This immensely renowned and ever-practical e-book on performing takes a scalpel to the guts of actors’ continual fears, aiding them to free up their expertise on degree. it's basic and unpretentious, with a spirit of inventive and private freedom.
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Imagine you are a guest, comfortably seated on a sofa, when your host suddenly rushes in and starts insisting that you sit down. ’ And if you decide that he is the sane one and not you, and if you do try to oblige him, and if you do try to ‘sit’ more because somehow you are not doing it well enough . . and if you go on trying . . and if he gets more and more frustrated and starts to shout, crazy as it sounds, all this is precisely what happens when we try to be present. We get so confused that we knock ourselves out.
Freedom is everything, but independence is nothing. Independence is born of fear. The desire for independence is common. We don’t want to depend on things that might let us down. But trying to renounce all dependence is folly. We need the outside world. We need oxygen, food, and stimulus. We need targets. Freedom is a mystery. Like presence, it is a given. However oppressed we may be, we can still retain a spark of freedom that makes us human. Strangely, we often find the prospect of real freedom quite frightening.
Consequently we reject these gifts and manufacture substitutes. These inferior replicas are at least ours, because we made them. And our creatures wouldn’t dare drop us or hurt us . . would they? Reality, it is true, has a lot to answer for, so on the whole we make sure we don’t live there. We cannot control reality, but we can control our fantasies. Except our fantasies don’t exist; so we’re not really controlling anything at all. But the illusion of control is deeply reassuring. And the price we pay for this reassurance is unimaginable.
Actor and the Target by Declan Donnellan