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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 renowned and ever-practical e-book on appearing takes a scalpel to the guts of actors’ chronic fears, assisting them to liberate their expertise on degree. it really is ordinary and unpretentious, with a spirit of inventive and private freedom.

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Well, if she cannot push forward in her work, Irina may have to go sideways, think laterally, and consider the following. If you ask Irina what she did yesterday, she may reply: ‘I got up, I brushed my teeth, I made some coffee . . ’ etc. As she begins to answer your question her eyes will probably look straight back at you. However, her eyes will stray as they try to picture the events of the previous day. But the eyes never lose their focus on something. Irina is either looking at you or at something else, the coffee that she drank.

OK? . ’ And you can neither hide nor escape from this rogue eye. So you believe that you are your own target, nothing exists save you and your rogue eye, soaring outside your body, distracting you from any other target. You’re apparently all alone, with nothing but a fake target for company. ’ You become your own best friend, and so your only friend. ’ No space for a third in that steamy relationship, and all the time Fear is smiling and beckoning. A digression: Narcissus, Echo and Medusa Narcissus and Medusa suffered from the rogue eye.

That helpful gulf has vanished and now you are jammed up with the outside world, like a face against a wall. No distance: no sight. The destruction of time Fear also undermines the third rule, that the target already exists. He manages to confuse you by splitting time in parallel mirrors, as in a lift which multiplies you infinitely as you wait for your floor. These mirrors, the past and future, distract you till you cannot see the target there waving. Then Fear calls up his old friends in the Government: Blame, Obligation, and Punishment will help control you.

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