Acting In LovePosted: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Before Such Sweet Sorrow, I’ve never had to a play a character who is crazy in love. Or dangerously in love. Or drunk in love. And then along comes Juliet; the beautifully warm-hearted, intelligent daughter of the Capulet household, who falls truly, madly, deeply in love with the son of her family’s sworn enemy in a few short days. This isn’t just a ‘girls love Beyoncé’ kind of love (although, I do really love Beyoncé), it’s a bleeding love. A love so strong that she can’t bear to live without Romeo.
We’ve all been told that you can’t hurry love, so how does one act this whirlwind of a romance with integrity and truth? Love and acting are two things that differ for each individual, but whether or not you have experienced this crazy little thing called love, there are a few things to remember that can you help translate love from the page to stage.
- Love is all around. We see love everywhere. Sometimes it’s obvious, eg. some sort of flash mob that turns into a marriage proposal, or a man in a funny hat playing a violin and serenading his love, but most of the time it’s a lot subtler… seeing a film that you didn’t really like for the second time with a friend who hasn’t seen it yet, or sharing that last piece of double chocolate cake, imported from France. Seriously, if that’s not love, I don’t know what is.
- Could you be loved? When you’re in the scene are you listening, are you engaging, are you trying to be as present and in the moment as possible? Let self-consciousness take a back seat. Love is a two way street, so let go of that pestering voice in your head and join the love club.
- I love you always forever. Commit 10000%. For Romeo and Juliet, love is everything. They know that what started as a teenage love affair, could be a significant turning point in a seemingly never-ending family feud. The thing about love is that it works in mysterious ways. Although Romeo and Juliet’s lives end tragically, their love is not a losing game… if they were only a little bit in love, it probably would have been.
P. S. I love you
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