How to Learn Lines . Techniques for Visual Learners

Over the past few months I have been pulling together my next creative challenge.

I am back in class at the Darlo Drama School completing the Level Two: ‘The Scene’.
The level two part of this course is an investigation into naturalistic acting techniques that work on making your performances more convincing.
This part of the course has resonated with me. I think it’s essential to performing artists from either music, stage or film to be naturalistic and improve  connecting to their community as we live are living a large part of our lives in virtual worlds.

Authenticity has been my catch-cry this year.
In the near future I am looking forward to using these performance skills within my music but that is a 2015 and beyond project.
The part of the course which I have struggled with is learning large amounts of dialogue with a partner. My scene is from the play “Off the Rack” by Robert Kemnitz & Jennifer McMaster. I play the character Adrienne Procter. It is about ten minutes long and has 71 lines.
In the past I usually stay away from doing things like this in front of large groups. I am more of an dance, visual , kinetic learner. Read more here Australian  Association Inc – Solutions for Those that Learn Differently
So in part I am writing this post not only to tell you about my upcoming performance but to let you know of a few techniques that have helped me get through processing the lines into my body. Hopefully they can be adapted for you.
Steps Taken
1. Initially I wrote the entire script out into separate lines and wrote an action verb next to the line. This  gave me my line’s an intention but I did seem unable to absorb the information very effectively.
2. I then thought of turning each line into a funny symbol or picture that meant something to me . I placed each line on a post it note and built a pattern of imagery. This has helped build a road map into the rhythm of the story. But the lines still needed work.
3. I then turned to technology, with the recommended app from class. I recorded every line and my characters line into mobile app called Line Learner . This has been an enormous help. The benefit of this mobile app is I am able to have my character speak the line and the app then leaves a gap so I can listen then speak my line.
With a week out to the show I am in better shape with the lines but I still need to practice, practice, practice and practice some more. This is just the learning of the lines, I have talked about here. There are plenty of other levels too, accent, pronunciation, articulation physicality of the character and supportive director notes.
I am also working through combining this with a lot of singing vocal warm up exercises  . Which is to give my voice a lot more texture and power.
I have attached the flyer below. If you are curious about seeing the show drop me an email . Or if you are reading this post. I hope this has helped. as you are prepare for your next gig.

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How To Pick Up A Monologue For My Next Creative Challenge

I am almost finished the Stage One Darlo Drama Course. The Monologue. This is one of my 2014 challenges standing on stage with 400 peepie eyes wishing me the best and performing a monologue chosen by director Amanda Stephens – Lee.

Twenty other classmates will be standing on stage with me as we find our centre and deliver our performances. On the 13th of September 2014, at the Eternity Theatre Darlinghurst.

This course is not just for aspiring actors, its for anyone who wants to step into the fire and work on there vocal delivery and speaking skills in front of audiences.

It is a 12 week course that builds on your individual strengths as you develop fundamental acting skills. It is not just about working individually it is also about working in a group. With many team building games. Its all very supportive, safe and positive.

As some of you may now I have been playing with on camera work  and media production for many years. After I crossed the line from behind to in front of the camera there was no turning back.

I have completed other acting and performance workshops but I cannot recommend this course enough. What I have learn’t within the drama games and exercises is being more present and removing myself from my exterior mask that I have taken years to perfect.

Yes, I have felt vulnerable as I have been challenge to go deeper and emotionally connect with my character and the other class mates in my group.

I think these skills resonate in the creative emotional intelligence sphere. Tools to draw upon in everyday life as we become more connected to communicating with our devices rather than face to face.

For me after returning back to Australia and being involved with a few on camera and music adventures in the US and Hong Kong. I needed to start to the creative journey again and personally rebuild. The monologue course is stage one.

The 13th of Saturday is my smoldering fire to conquer.
Can I bring this character to life and do her justice ?

If you would like to find out and join me follow the link here.
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