Projecting In Large Spaces With Felix

 

So our time here in Melbourne has come to an end. We’ve had a blast here over the last three weeks.

It began with 10 shows of our production of Romeo And Juliet at the National Theatre in St Kilda. The National was built in the 1920s and is much larger than the Playhouse at the Sydney Opera House so we had a few challenges to overcome, mainly to do with the size and volume of our performances.

To overcome these sorts of things as an actor you’ve really got to connect to your breath. The most important thing, I think, is not to push! Sometimes when you feel you may need to be louder and bigger to reach the back row it can be easy to force and push your performance; willing the emotion and the story telling to the back of the theatre, which of course doesn’t work! It will look like you’re trying too hard and it will look like hard work. The skill of the actor and what we are all striving for is to NOT show the work. (That’s one of Ed’s favorite sayings I’ve stolen there, thanks Eddie.)

Oh, we’ve just arrived at our next school for Midsummer Madness. We’re on the Mornington Peninsula for our last show in Melbourne. Will blog again soon. Stay tuned!

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One Comment on “Projecting In Large Spaces With Felix”

  1. Mark says:

    I personally feel if an actor is connected and committed physically, mentally and emotionally, the voice will be heard however large or small the performing space is. After all, a voice teacher of mine once said, “sound is inevitable”. It is the way we treat the sounds that are coming out from our body. Of course, I am in no way dissing the importance of voice work when it comes to the acting-training or rehearsal process, but when it comes to performance time, I agree that voice ‘technique’ should be the last thing on any actor’s mind =)


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