How actors memorize their lines

25 Jun

A nice post on how actors learn their lines. I thought this paragraph on walking was interesting:

‘There’s more: “The other tip that scientists recommend is to walk,” she said. After a nap, Whiteside might walk around the block without the script to see how much dialogue she can remember. “I have no idea why this works, but they said if you actually walk instead of just sitting there, and you have your muscles moving while you’re attempting to memorize, somehow it speeds the brain up.”‘

Theatrical actors demonstrate impressive memory and the strategies they use to accomplish this are worth examining.

Here is  a video of Sir Laurence Olivier delivering the  opening soliloquy fro Richard the Third.



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