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You can list these for quick reference in the Power section of your Character Profile Sheet. For an actor, awareness of power can really help to clarify why your character behaves the way he does, and why others allow him to do so. It can also help you to avoid stereotyping. ). Likewise, a character with apparent high social status – the ceremonial mayor of a town, for example – may in truth have very little influence over others. Exercises: Solo 1) Draw up a list of powers which you personally possess.
2) Two people are talking. One (a tense person) wants to get away; the other (a relaxed person) is happy to stay talking. g. nodding more than necessary, rubbing fingers together, smiling fixedly. Choose a location, and two characters – and decide why the first one is tense, and the other relaxed. Again, stay aware of your tension in the scene, but behave as truthfully as you can. Example: Natasha from Three Sisters Read and rehearse the scene below from Act One, in which we first meet Natasha.
Often this is for some necessary reason: you want to pick up an object, to move forwards, or simply to avoid falling over. Just standing still demands some muscle tension. Frequently, though, we use muscles without any such necessary reason. As a result of some psychological stimulus, we become ‘tense’. One stereotype of a very tense person is a regimental sergeantmajor in the army. In charge of a gang of undisciplined young conscripts, he must knock them into shape in time for inspection by a senior officer.