Summary of what the actor must achieve, adapting stage acting advice from Felner, Mira, Free to Act: An Integrated Approach to Acting, 1990, Holt McDougal


This will help you work as a radio director with your actors:

Every character in a scene must have a reason for being there - an objective.

If your focus wanders from your objective, your acting will lack clarity and intensity.

You are constantly involved in the process of choosing and executing actions that enable you to achieve your objectives and overcome obstacles.

This means you must always know what you want and what is in the way of your attaining it.

Every moment in performance is kept alive through the inner action of taking in and choosing tactical action.


This process of internal justification makes a thinking actor.

The choices you make must reflect the nature of your character and the logic of the given circumstances.

Keeping the process of objective-choice-action energized is vital for a coherent and exciting performance.


Each action is : impulse-action-return-neutral (relaxation-concentration)



Choices (Justification - The 'Wh-' questions) - Objective

These are notes from Felner, Mira, Free to act. An integrated approach to acting, New York: Hawthorn, 1990. I recommend this book as one of the very best I have found on training as an actor.

All of this is fully explained in my book - Beck, Alan, Radio Acting, London: A & C Black (1997) ISBN 0-7136-4631-4

To Acting - some further key terms from Mira Felner, Free To Act

To Dialect or accent

To welcome

This site is organised by: Alan Beck, Drama Dept., University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NS



 Level One: Your first script: 'The Ark' production and script for seven actors and seven production team
 Level Two: Your second Script: 'The Ouija Board'
 Level Three: Acting : objective-choice-action
 Acting : some key terms for the actor and director
 Level Four: Creative scripting and production exercises - hook and signposting, & montage, & music
 Level Five: How to produce a TRAIL & What is signposting? & Some advice about radio drama directing as a student

Level Six

 Directing the Monologue  Questions for the Director and Actor  Instructions for the Director
 More Instructions for the Director  Instructions for the Actor  Exercise Scripts

 Level Seven : Script: 'We Go With'

Level Eight

 Scripts: Dragon
 The Egg-stremists
 Warm Up Act






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