Ground-Breaking Acting Method That Allows You To Get Lost In The World Of The Character, So You Can Emotionally And Physically Express Yourself Without Thinking About How To Do It.
The first activity is achieving presence.
If the actor is thinking about themselves and their needs and wants, they are not present. It’s very easy for this to happen as the actor is often under a lot of pressure when performing. They may be performing in front of a large audience and start to think about how the audience will receive their work. Or even worse, a critic could be in who gave them a bad review in the past, and they start to dwell on that.
I remember Al Pacino being interviewed once about his experience on The Godfather, which wasn’t a good one for him. The film studio didn’t want him to play the role, but the director did and fought for him to be in the film. When they started filming, there were people on set who were against him being cast and would literally snigger at the end of takes. This was hurtful and a potential distraction, but because Al is a well-trained method actor, he had the tools and techniques to overcome this and keep in the moment.
So, you see, it could be easy for the actor to become overwhelmed and lose all presence.
You may have heard the term stage presence; often, this is seen as some God-given talent when, in fact, it’s a learnable skill.
The next stage is perception.
When an actor successfully enters into a character’s thoughts, they begin to perceive everything around them as the character would. They use their own sensory capabilities to see, hear, touch, smell and taste, which are then fused with imaginary perception.
It’s important that the actor can completely immerse themself in the character so that they can perceive everything and anything as the character, not just the lines they have to say. We know, as human beings, we are constantly thinking, not just when we are in a situation where we have to speak. This ability to perceive accurately is key to entering the character’s mind and justifying their behaviours.
The final stage is impluse. We often think that physical action is an impulse which it is, but so is speaking. The desire to say something is also an impluse. The actor sometimes forgets this because they have a script and think they should get on with it and say the lines. But this never happens in real life; there is no script in real life, so we speak when we have thought.
The physical impulse to do something is based upon having a psychological thought. If there is no real thought, the action will be inauthentic. So it’s key that the actor understands how impulses arise and can take them.
This cycle is something that I work on with my students. Each part of the cycle is an essential skill that must be executed repeatedly until it becomes second nature.
Here is a snapshot of what you would learn with my approach:
Confessionally Sincere Acting – through the use of what we call -Études – you will develop an ability to completely immerse yourself into the character and live authentically in their given circumstances. The acting will be so real it will have the quality of someone who holds nothing back and reveals their inner soul to the audience.
The Free Flowing Of Mind, Body And Emotions – through the use of what we call – plastiques – you will develop the ability to let your mind, body and emotions flow like a fast-flowing river, cascading downhill. One of the things that can hold an actor back, more than anything, is the unconscious restriction of their mind, body or emotions. Often when someone becomes tense, they start to seize up and hold back. This can often lead to wooden and dead acting. You will be taught how to enter into a flow state and allow your whole being express itself freely.
Enter Into Spiritual Naturalism – being natural is not enough to create outstanding acting. To be a great actor, you need to be able to communicate deeply with your psyche and express yourself from that place. This goes beyond looking natural and becomes an expression of your artistic soul. This means that both you, the actor, and the audience will have a deep, some say, spiritual experience. The Timoney Method, with its specialised tools and techniques, will allow you to do exactly that.
Create A Fantastic Realism – when an actor can express themselves in the extreme and make it look 100% authentic, they are entering into a form of Fantastic Realism. You will learn through the use of what we call – grotesque, symbolism and archetype how to take things to the limit and create a beautiful artistic chaos that will stop traffic.
Developing The Eyes Of The Character – often actors will try and play characters rather than become them. They don’t even realise that they are doing this as it’s unconscious. By using our Character Box exercise, you will learn how to completely and utterly immerse yourself in character, to the point where you see everything through their eyes.
Unrestricted Expression – a great actor can go with their impulses and express themselves without fear. You will learn how to identify real impulses, large and small, happening in your body as a sensation and then follow through on them. This will allow you to be completely unrestricted in your ability to express yourself.
Emotion On Demand – a character can only exist through you, so it makes sense that there will be times when you need to use your life experience, to create an emotional charge for a scene or character. We do this by the use of sense and emotional memory, collectively referred to as Affective Memory. You will learn how to relive life experiences, through the senses, to create emotion on demand.
Forgetting Yourself And Living Unconscious On Stage Or Set – the ultimate goal that every actor worth their salt strives for, is being able to forget themselves and to live unconsciously in their work. The combination of tools and techniques used within my approach allows you to connect and work with the unconscious and let it take over. It’s taken me decades to identify how to make this happen at will. The result is a complete immersion in the role and their circumstances.
Human Alchemy – This a concept I have worked on for decades. It allows you to mix two opposing qualities to create a third. For example, you mix the intellectual with the sensual, the real with the unreal, rational and irrational, pleasure and pain, good and evil, life and death. When you do this a third quality emerges that is not either of the original attributes. This is chaotic and disturbing to the human psyche, and an audience watching this occur, has a deep and profound experience as a result. It’s not as simple as pretending to be two qualities, this would look amateur, you must go through an unconscious process to arrive at the alchemy authentically which I will teach you.
Enhanced Perception – the ability to understand and identify our perceptions is key to creating ‘in the moment’ spontaneous, organic acting. Otherwise, acting merely becomes an exercise in repetition of scenes and characters trying to imitate what you have done before. With our enhanced perception techniques, you will increase your real and imaginative perceptions, allowing you to create real thought in your performances that change every time.
Soul Print – everyone has their own unique personal atmosphere. This is like a fingerprint for the soul. Using our approaches, you will be able to create your unique soul print for your characters and generate their particular atmosphere within your performance.
Destroy Everything – the brilliant actress of the early 1900s, Eleanora Duse, who influenced the great Method Masters, always advised to destroy everything. What she meant by this was that once a character, scene or entire play has been created once, you must forget it, destroy everything that has gone before and re-experience it for the first time again. You will learn how to do this at will, to ensure, spontaneous, organic, alive acting.
The results I have been achieving from this way of working have been nothing short of amazing.
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