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26 May 2011 @ 07:54 am
King Lear: SDJ Interview  
Full interview is here.

How do you begin your preparation for a new role?

If you're playing a real person the research is very important because you're playing someone that presumably most people know and you have to replicate that. As far as fictional characters are concerned, I think my first instinct is to acquaint myself thoroughly with the text. Not how to say it or why, but parrot fashion, so the rehearsal times aren't taken up with book in hand, 'Ooh sorry, where am I? I've lost my place'. The rehearsal process is about learning where it comes from, what it means, what your attitude to it is, what you take from the other actors. But the basic script is there like a tape recording, it has no intonation, it has no interpretation, just text, and through that comes the search for the character.

Why Lear?

If you have any aspirations to be a classical actor there are two hoops you have to go through: when you are young you have to go through the Hamlet hoop and be judged on the quality of your Hamlet. When you are an old actor you are judged on the quality of your Lear.
Lady Tamaraagdhani on May 26th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
I love Hamlet; I've seen, or heard, every version I've been able to get my hands on. I think my second favorite version thus far is David Tennant's. But there's just something about Derek's that sticks with me, that makes it shine above the rest...it must be him :D