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By Declan Donnellan

“Acting is a reflex, a mechanism for improvement and survival. . . . It isn’t ‘second nature,’ it truly is ‘first nature.’”—Declan Donnellan
 
This immensely renowned and ever-practical booklet on performing takes a scalpel to the guts of actors’ power fears, aiding them to free up their expertise on level. it's hassle-free and unpretentious, with a spirit of creative and private freedom.

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My sight is an essential resource I share with whatever I see. Poor Narcissus has to freeze in gardens every March; we can remember his story when we feel paralysed too. It is more constructive to throw ourselves on a target than to monitor ourselves. The myths of Echo and Narcissus did not originate as pretty stories for a fresco. Stories, however, never do quite what we want, as we shall consider later. The second uncomfortable choice: freedom or independence We now need to consider the second uncomfortable choice: freedom or independence.

Certainly if Irina can answer the question fully, she has fully missed the point. We cannot fully know why we do some things. But we will deal with the dangers of ‘why’ later. Nor is the target my ‘focus’. Focus is a misleading word. Focus sounds as if it has a lot to do with the target. But saying: ‘I focus on something’ is utterly different from saying: ‘I see something’. And it is worth taking time to ponder the difference. The target needs to be seen: my ‘point of focus’ implies I can decide whether to focus on that point or not.

Why does Juliet fall in love with Romeo? Certainly if Irina can answer the question fully, she has fully missed the point. We cannot fully know why we do some things. But we will deal with the dangers of ‘why’ later. Nor is the target my ‘focus’. Focus is a misleading word. Focus sounds as if it has a lot to do with the target. But saying: ‘I focus on something’ is utterly different from saying: ‘I see something’. And it is worth taking time to ponder the difference. The target needs to be seen: my ‘point of focus’ implies I can decide whether to focus on that point or not.

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