Responsiveness – re-acting and pro-acting

How do actors respond on stage?

Is it important for that response to be fresh each time, even with a scripted piece, or should the response be the same across many performances, choreographed down to the last detail?

Unless we are conscious of them, are some of our on-stage responses conditioned from our past, and we can’t help making them?

 

I wonder if its important to identify during rehearsal certain responses and reactions we wish to have consistent, and to pre-set them, choreograph them. But also we need identify spaces in the drama for “pro-acting”, for being spontaneous with our responses, to allow a “zing”, a life to enter the piece.

 

And I reckon achieving the balance between the two isn’t easy at all

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