Step 4: Are you talking to me?
When the director says “Action!” you have to start acting. You have to remember your line (or lines) and say it on cue - that means just after the other actor has finished saying the line before yours in the script.
And as if that wasn’t difficult enough, while you’re waiting you also have to look like you’re listening to the other actor, even if you aren’t. It’s not easy! It’s no good mouthing along with what the other actor is saying, or closing your eyes, or putting your paws over your ears.
Practise looking like you’re listening in the bathroom mirror, or anywhere where you can see your reflection, such as a shiny spoon, car fender or pond.
© David Severn
Step 3: Line, hook and stinker
If you are lucky enough to get a part with some lines, then you have to learn them. It’s not easy!
It helps if you can persuade someone to help you. They can read the script and when it’s time for your line you can say it. It usually takes me about a hundred goes to get it right. You might have to give your friend some sweets to keep going.
I am inspired by parrots, because they can learn to say things like “Who’s a pretty boy then?”, which is a famous line from Hamlet or something. Try not to bob your head up and down while you’re speaking like parrots do, though.
© David Severn
David Severn: Pencil-controller at David Severn Illustration, Percy & Friends, the Space-Teatime Continuum.