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By Declan Donnellan

“Acting is a reflex, a mechanism for improvement and survival. . . . It isn’t ‘second nature,’ it's ‘first nature.’”—Declan Donnellan
This immensely well known and ever-practical ebook on performing takes a scalpel to the center of actors’ continual fears, supporting them to free up their expertise on level. it truly is hassle-free and unpretentious, with a spirit of inventive and private freedom.

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You just can’t have both, that’s all. But before making that choice it is worth considering the following. Attention is about the target; concentration is about me. If I concentrate hard on an external object, or if I concentrate very hard on another person, something strange happens. I gradually see that other less and less and wind up seeing how I see the other person. In other words, it ends up being about me. Concentration masquerades as being about the other; but it isn’t. Concentration pretends to be about the outside world; it isn’t.

Seem talented? Look good? Be wanted? Get dropped? ’ The Devil’s power is that we only ever glimpse him. Therefore the best place to stick him is behind. Only behind us is he fully out of sight and then we can go forward. He will, however, try and try again to invade the periphery of our vision. We panic that he wants to leap in front of us, but that is his great bluff. If the Devil jumped in front and faced us, he would vanish. He rules by pretending that, like the Gorgon, the mere glimpse of him would paralyse us.

If the Devil jumped in front and faced us, he would vanish. He rules by pretending that, like the Gorgon, the mere glimpse of him would paralyse us. But no, to see him fully would be to destroy him fully. Similarly, we can never get rid of Fear. But we can keep booting him behind us. The division of time All problems of block get cured in the ‘now’. Fear does not exist in the ‘now’. So he has to invent a pretend time to inhabit and rule. He takes the only real time, the present, and splits it into two fake time zones.

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