'ACCIDENTS' ONSTAGE

Suppose you drop something - your costume gets undone - a drink is spilt.

 An accident happens on stage? You drop something? You have to respond to this as an actor and in character.
 You have to adapt what you are doing. You build in this new event into your actions and perhaps words. METHOD ACTORS welcome this opportunity to be fresh in this performance.
 An ear-ring was dropped? It must be picked up, as the character would have done in the CHARACTER LOGIC. The character would not ignore it.
  The worst thing to is to look down at it, and then do nothing. That is the worst option - to recognise the accident. And then not to work through in character and not respond to this change imaginatively and appropriately.
 NEVER GET OUT OF CHARACTER! Never corpse - never laugh - never signal to the audience 'forgive me' or 'this is an accident' or 'I'm coping so well' or 'what a laugh'.
  NEVER IGNORE THE 'ACCIDENT'. Never carry on with the scene just as you rehearsed it. This is the sign of a poorly trained actor.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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